Wondering what gifts TODAY editors actually love? These are our favorite gifts from every TODAY gift guide.

Cranberry Martini
Ina Garten’s cranberry martini and herb feta for the perfect party
David Anderson / TODAY
print recipe
Rating:
4.090909 (11 rated)
Servings:
6

Last November, I filmed a Food Network special called Thanksgiving Live to answer viewers' questions about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Bobby Flay made a delicious cranberry martini to sip while we worked (what a good idea!). They look so festive and my guests loved them! Infuse the vodka with the orange zest and cranberries at least 2 days ahead.  I like to use a vegetable peeler to make strips of orange zest—it’s so easy. Best of all you can prepare the entire cocktail mixture and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Just shake with ice before serving.

Ingredients

    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • 6 1 x 3-inch strips orange zest, plus extra for garnish
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 750ml bottle good vodka
    • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail, preferably tart
    • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
    • Ice

Preparation

1. Several days ahead: Place the sugar, cranberries, 6 strips of orange zest, and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop open. Pour the vodka into a large pitcher, add the cranberry mixture, and store covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 days and up to 5 days.

2. When ready to serve, strain the vodka mixture, reserving the cranberries and discarding the orange zest. Stir in the cranberry juice cocktail and Triple Sec. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the drink mixture, shake for a full 30 seconds (it's longer than you think!), and strain into martini glasses. Rub the rim of each glass with fresh orange zest, spoon a few cranberries into each glass and serve ice cold.

Related video

Closed Captioning
apply | reset x
font
size
T
T
T
T
color

Make Ina Garten’s cranberry martini and herb feta for the perfect party

Play Video - 4:21