Cranberry Orange Coolers
Adapted from Everyday Food + Everyday Food
Yields about 2 cups of simple syrup
For simple syrup:
2 ¼ fresh cranberries (or frozen)
Rind/peel of 1 orange
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
For 1 ‘grown up’ cooler:
3 Tablespoons of Cranberry Orange simply syrup
2 teaspoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 ½ oz vodka
Seltzer to taste
Twist of lime
For 1 ‘kiddie’ cooler:
¼ cup of cranberry orange simple syrup
4 oz of lemon lime soda
For simple syrup: In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, orange peel, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender - about 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the orange peel, but save the cranberries and serve them over ice cream or yogurt. Store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For ‘grown up’ coolers:
Fill a glass with ice and pour in cranberry orange simple syrup. Top with orange juice, vodka and seltzer to taste. Garnish with a twist of lime.
For ‘kiddie’ coolers:
Fill a glass with ice and pour in cranberry orange simple syrup and top with lemon lime soda.
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