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Written for an assignment over at Associated Content published on 14/12/09.

The holiday season is upon us and the time has come for office parties, long lunches and drinks with inappropriate names. Cranberry juice is especially good as a seasonal mixer, but is always handy to have around for party punches as it makes a handy substitute for wine in the alcohol free varieties. Christmas and cranberries go together well, so why not put aside the orange juice and try some of my favourite cranberry cocktails. All measurements are for one drink, so you can try them out before you need to make a jug-full for your next party.

Woo Woo

1 measure/30ml/1 fl oz Vodka

1 measure/30ml/1 fl oz Peach Schnapps

2 measures/60ml/2fl oz Cranberry Juice

Mix all ingredients together, either by stirring vigorously or shaking briskly. Pour over ice and serve in a tall glass – such as a highball or Collins glass. If you’re inclined towards miniature umbrellas in your drinks, then this is a cocktail well suited to them.

Alabama Slammer

1 measure/30ml/1 fl oz Amaretto

1 dash Soda

¼ measure/1 ½ tsp/1 squeeze Lime Juice

Cranberry juice

Half-fill tall/highball glass with crushed ice. Pour measure of amaretto over ice then top up glass with cranberry juice. Add dash of Soda and squeeze of limejuice to taste. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Wintertime

1 measure/30ml/1 fl oz Vodka

1 measure/30ml/1 fl oz Vermouth

2 ½ measures/75ml/ 2 ½ fl oz Cranberry Juice

Tonic Water

Mix the Vodka, Vermouth and juice together with some ice in a tall glass. Top up with tonic water until the glass is full. This is a wintry take on the classic cocktail Summertime, which is made with Grapefruit Juice.

Lime works well in cranberry cocktails, so it’s always a good plan to keep a couple of limes in fridge, whether for a couple of slices for a jug or a wedge for an individual glass. Also the green of the lime contrasts nicely with the red of the cranberry to make your cocktails look that bit more Christmassy.

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