Sparkling Holiday Mimosa

Makes 1 drink


1/4       cup fresh orange juice, chilled

1          ounce amaretto

11/2     ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

Cranberry Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

Ice cubes

1/4       cup frozen cranberries

1/4       cup chilled sparkling wine*

Garnish: orange zest twist
In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, amaretto, and vodka. Stir to combine. Pour about 11/2 tablespoons Cranberry Simple Syrup into a chilled glass filled with ice. Add orange juice mixture. Add frozen cranberries, then add sparkling wine. Garnish with orange twist, if desired. Serve immediately.


Cranberry Simple Syrup

Makes 1 1/2 cups


1          (12-ounce) bag frozen cranberries

1          cup sugar

1          cup water

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, and water. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids. Store mixture in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.