Thanksgiving Cocktail – Fresh Sea Breeze

I raise a glass to all of you and your loved ones.  Thank you to all of you who read, comment, and use my recipes.  To all of you who sail with us and allow us to do the work we do.  We are so thankful for you all!

Here’s a cocktail for your Thanksgiving table.  May your day be filled with family and friends, love and laughter.

Thanksgiving cocktail with cranberries
A toast to you all!

Fresh Sea Breeze
1 1/2 ounces Cold River Vodka
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces cranberry syrup (see recipe below)
ice for serving
3 cranberries in syrup
1 lime wheel

Add ice to an old-fashioned glass. Pour vodka and grapefruit juice over the ice and stir. Add the cranberry syrup and let it fall to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with cranberries and lime wheel

Makes 1 cocktail

Cranberry Syrup
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
3 cups water

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the cranberries all “pop” and release their juices. Cool and store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Makes 4 cups

Alternate: Shake 1/4 cup cranberries and syrup together and serve with candied grapefruit peel.

Cook the Book – Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry-Almond Biscotti

A passenger of ours, Lauren Hubbell, gave this recipe to me.  To dress them up a bit, dip one end of the biscotti into melted semi-sweet chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool.  Biscotti are crunchy and store well.  They’re excellent for dipping into coffee, hot cocoa, or whatever you’d like.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
1 cup whole almonds

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease one cookie pan. Mix together all the ingredients.  The dough will be stiff and sticky. Grease your hands well and form the dough into 2 logs (1 x 2 x 15 inches) place on the greased cookie pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the logs from pan to rack and cool for 5-10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°. While still warm, slice the logs at an angle into 3/4-inch slices.  Place the slices on an ungreased cookie pan and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

Makes 2 dozen

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