Welcome to the first recipe in our “Getting Ready For Christmas” series of 8 posts. I thought we would start with a spicy and christmas fragranced beverage, vodka fueled or not. The wonderfully delicious and fabulously healthy Cinnamon and Cumin Infused Cranberry Spritzer.
If you are like many, and have been dreaming of what you’re going to be eating for Christmas dinner then we have an absolute treat for you!
The HealthyNatured Christmas Recipe Collection.
Cinnamon and Cumin Infused Cranberry Vodka Spritzer.
Turkey and White Bean Soup.
Garlic Parmesan Shrimp.
Portobello Stuffed Acorn Squash.
Apple And Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.
Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
Cranberry Pear Sauce.
Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Sauce.
This is the first of 8 Christmas themed posts. All of them divine and fabulously festive. You are not going to be munching mashed potatoes, gritty ham or soggy gravy covered vegetables.
This set of recipes will leave you with little doubt that Christmas is with us, but the best news of all, which may be hard to believe. They are exceptionally healthy while maintaining maximum taste.
Whether you are the one who has to prepare the family feast or you are taking a dish or two to friends you will delight your company with this beautiful beverage, amazing appetizers and decadent dessert.
Here’s recipe number 1:
Christmas Recipe 1 – Cranberry Spritzer Infused With Cinnamon and Cumin.
Enjoy this recipe for the Vodka Spritzer!
This is a truly festive beverage, in fact is Christmas in a glass. It is a healthy and delicious way to celebrate the holiday season. The ingredients are classic christmas flavors. The combination of orange, cranberry and cinnamon are complemented by the spicy notes from the cumin.
For the Adult guests add a little vodka to really get the holiday started!
Or of course skip the booze and serve up a pleasant mocktail that all the family can enjoy.
The choice is yours! Cheers!
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen Cranberries;
- ¼ cup of Honey;
- ½ cup of Water;
- 2 Tablespoons Whole Cumin Seeds;
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks;
- 3 cups of unsweetened Cranberry Juice
- 2 medium organic Oranges, each cut into 8 wedges
- Optional: ½ Cup of Vodka
- 3 cups of Sparkling Water
For The Garnish
- Additional Cinnamon Sticks
- 6 long Rosemary Sprigs, lower leaves removed, and threaded with fresh Cranberries
Add the cranberries, honey, water, cumin seeds, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan. Place on a medium heat. Gently heat and stir occasionally, for 8-10 minutes. Ensure that the honey is completely melted and you notice the spices have become intensely fragrant.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a large glass or ceramic bowl. Let cool slightly.
Add the cranberry juice, orange wedges, and the vodka, (if you are using it ). Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, but it is even better if left in the fridge overnight.
Once the mix is thoroughly chilled, remove from refrigerator. Remove the orange wedges and squeeze each of them into the bowl, and then discard the orange peel. Strain the mixture through muslin cloth or a fine mesh strainer and discard any solids.
Fill your serving glasses with ice and then pour in your seasoned cranberry juice filling each glass to a 1/3. Then top up each glass with sparkling water and give a gentle stir to combine.
Taste and sweeten with additional honey, if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and the rosemary skewers. Serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 2g