While the turkey cooks, have a drink
This simple, sparkling cranberry cocktail is a perfect way to wait out the final preparations before dinner is served. For a child-friendly version, just leave out the vodka.
Preparation time, start to finish: 10 minutes. Makes 1 serving.
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces ginger ale
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce grenadine
Thread the cranberries onto a cocktail skewer or long toothpick. Rinse the berries under water, then sprinkle them with the sugar. Place the skewer on the plate and freeze for 5 minutes.
Place several ice cubes in a large tumbler and add the ginger ale. Set aside.
In a cocktail shaker, combine several ice cubes, the vodka, cranberry juice and grenadine. Shake and strain into the glass. Place the berry skewer in or on top of the glass.
— AP food writer J.M. Hirsch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org