Some of my fellow foodies and sippers challenged me to make a holiday cocktail.
Be sure you click on the pics below for the amazing recipes from the rest of the group.
I don't know about you, but prepping, cooking, entertaining can really make me yearn for a good cocktail. If I'm honest my favorite time is the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas, I typically don't even get out of my PJ's. I kick up my feet, put on some movies and nibble on left overs and some sort of yummy sipper.
This is a play on a traditional cosmo. Pineapple and sage are a not so known couple, they are really delightful together both in cocktails and cooking.
I'm not typically a sweet cocktail person and this is no different. The sage bring a bit of a bitter herbal aromatic to the cocktail and the pineapple brings a subtle sweetness.
I start by making an easy simple syrup and then combine the usual suspects of cranberry and lime and you've got a great little sipper!
The simple syrup is best if it can sit for 30 minutes prior to using, but it does hold well in the fridge, so make a batch beforehand when you have the time and just keep it in a jar and your ready to shake it up on demand!
The recipe below is for 1 cocktail but you could very easily make it in a pitcher and shake and serve as needed.
The fruit that cooks in the simple syrup is also delightful in its own right, I've often used the pineapple chunks as garnish for the cocktail, or spooned the leftovers on vanilla bean ice cream.
Pineapple Sage Cosmo
2" slice of pineapple peeled and cut into chunks, no need to remove the core.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pineapple juice
heaping 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries ( if you've already used your fresh for cranberry sauce just use cranberry sauce!)
5 fresh sage leaves
For the cocktail
2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz syrup
1/2 oz pineapple juice
squeeze of fresh lime
Put all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled, and pour into a martini glass.
Garnish with, sage leaves and cranberries rolled in fine sugar.
Below are the links to the other awesome bloggers that took part in our #sipsiphooray
Click on the pic to get the recipes.
Cranberry Bourbon Sour by The Perks of Being Us
Everything Bagel Bites by Chop Happy
Coquito by Another Tablespoon
Steak Bites with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese
by Table and Dish
Mulled Wine by Sugar Face Bakes
Loaded Southwestern Hummus
by Keeping it Simple Blog
Pomegranate Blackberry Tequila Smash
by My Dayly Kitchen
Goat Cheese Spread with Sun-dried tomatoes, olives and roasted Red Peppers.
by DeSocio in The Kitchen