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Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini from Legal Seafoods and a Cranberry Sparkling Cider

November 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini photo courtesy Legal Seafoods

Don’t forget the drinks and beverages for your Thanksgiving dinner. The Cranberry Bog Martini from Legal Seafoods is a winner.

Make all the drinks a bit special and festive for both the alcohol drinkers and non-imbibers. Punchbowls or pretty percolators are nice for the cold or hot ciders – you can decorate around the bowls to set a mood at the door as guests enter.

This is also the time to put out protein snacks, too – you don’t want your guests tight by the time dinner rolls around – and these martinis go down rather easy.

As always – be the concerned host and see that guests get home safely.

For my complete Thanksgiving Day planner, go here.

Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini Recipe

  • 2 -1/2 ounces Absolut Citron Vodka
  • 3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) cranberry puree – see note
  • 1/2 ounce sour mix
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 3 fresh cranberries for garnish

Combine vodka, cranberry puree, sour mix, and bitters in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously six to eight times and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three cranberries.

Makes 1 martini.

Note: Cranberry puree is made by cooking 12 ounces cranberries in a saucepan with water just to top of berries, with 1 cup sugar. Cook till berries burst, and cool slightly; puree in blender.

Sparkling cranberry lemon cider recipe

  • 1 gallon cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 quart apple cider, chilled
  • 1 quart apple juice, chilled
  • 1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed), chilled
  • 1 quart club soda
  • spiced apple rings and whole cranberries, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher (if making in advance) or punch bowl (if serving immediately). Just before guests arrive, add club soda, and float apple rings and fresh cranberries on the top.

Makes 36 1-cup servings.

Tags: Holiday cooking · Recipes: What's Cooking! · Sips: Drinkables

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sharyn // Nov 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What is the point of publishing a recipe if one of the ingredients is “proprietary”??

  • 2 Jan Norris // Nov 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    That should have come out – simple cooked cranberry puree is it.

  • 3 Timothy Horn // Nov 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I find it interesting that the Turkey Product link written by Susan Weisse states that Bronze Turkeys were a cross between European Domestic Turkeys brought by European colonists and Native American Turkeys when in fact, Turkeys NEVER EVER ORIGINATED in EUROPE!!! TURKEYS have always been a new world bird and forever will be. There is a very interesting note in the current SAVEUR that explains the origin of the word TURKEY which explains this fully. Perhaps Susan was meaning that they bred AFTER the native turkeys were brought over from the new world. Not sure.

  • 4 Backyardavore // Nov 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

    The Cranberry Bog Lemon Martinis were a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you so much for the recipe!


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