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Christmas Champagne Cocktail
Here's an idea for a fun and festive cocktail for your holiday party. Try an inexpensive sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava.
- Several cranberry sauce berries (recipe below)
- 2 Tbsp pear brandy
- Chilled sparkling wine
Spoon the berries into the bottom of a tall champagne flute. Add pear brandy and fill with cold sparkling wine.
To make the cranberries, preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Stir together a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, 1/2 cup of brandy, and 4 1/2 teaspoons of orange zest in a shallow baking dish. Bake until the berries are soft and the liquid has evaporated, about 1 hour. Allow the berries to cool completely. Store covered in the refrigerator.
During the holidays, I like to keep a bunch of these cranberries on hand, using them in place of cherries in traditional Old Fashioned and Manhattan cocktail recipes.