A holiday drink the whole family can enjoy. Freshly made cranberry syrup, ice cubes with fresh fruit, and a squeeze of lime are topped with tonic water. Serve with a string of popcorn and dried cranberries for a festive aperitivo at your holiday get-together. Make the ice cubes and syrup the night before.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 mocktails
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place 1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds in 8 of the wells in a 16-cube ice tray; drop red currants in remaining 8 wells. Fill wells with water. Freeze into ice cubes, 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Combine chopped cranberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until cranberries have completely softened, about 15 minutes.

  • Strain cranberries through a fine mesh sieve, gently pressing the pulp to extract the liquid. Let syrup cool before covering, then refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  • Use a clean needle to thread popcorn and dried cranberries onto one long food-grade thread. Cut into 8 equal strings.

  • Add 1 pomegranate ice cube and 1 red currant ice cube to each serving glass. Pour 2 tablespoons syrup into each and top with 3/4 cup tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and a string of popcorn and cranberries.

Cook's Notes:

Use fresh or frozen cranberries.

Don't throw away the cranberry pulp. Use it for smoothies or pancakes or even muffins.

Nutrition Facts

155 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 40.1g; fat 0.2g; sodium 22.4mg. Full Nutrition
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