Ho-Ho-Holiday Cocktail

I made this festive and yummy holiday cocktail last weekend, compliments of Southern Living.

The recipe called for vodka, but when I was mixing it up on Sunday I realized I was out.  Hmmm…I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I don’t remember finishing it off!?!?  Amaretto made a delicious substitution – so good that I have permanently modified my recipe.

Cranberry-Key Lime Punch
Combine 2 cups fresh cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until cranberries begin to pop.
Pour mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher. Cool completely.
[I reserved my cranberries to add to the pitcher for festive presentation.]
Stir in 5-6 cups chilled club soda, 1/2 cup key lime juice [I used Nellie & Joe’s bottled juice], and 1 cup vodka [I used 1/2 cup amaretto].
Garnish with reserved cranberries and sliced limes.
Serve over ice.
Makes about 7 cups.  [I doubled… you can never have too much punch at a party!]

Cranberry-Lime Flavored Water
For the sober ones at the party, I used half of the reserved cranberries plus some lime slices to flavor filtered water.  Delish and refreshing!

This looked beautiful served in my new apothecary beverage jars from World Market.  With two $10 off of a $30 purchase coupons from the paper, these were a great deal at just $20 each!

Cheers y’all

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