It's become a tradition around here to make a new cranberry cocktail every Friendsgiving. I love the challenge! In the past we've had Cranberry Mimosas, Cranberry Orange Margaritas and Cranberry Jello Shots. This year I decided to do a twist on my first-love cocktail, the mojito. Oh—mojitos and I go way back. BFFs for life! We've also teamed back up with the Cranberry Marketing Committee for this delicious recipe in honor of Friendsgiving. The Cranberry Marketing Committee helps promote cranberries, America's Original Superfruit, and they're hosting their Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest again with even more chances to win this year! More details on the contest are below.
To make the syrup: combine a handful of fresh cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup cranberry juice in a pot. You can double the recipe if you have a large group. Then just stir on low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Right before you take it off the heat, add the juice of 1 whole lime. Let it cool and keep it in an airtight container. If you refrigerate it, it can last about 1-2 weeks, but every time I make it, it's for a party and it's gone quick!
In the bottom of a tall glass, muddle a few fresh mint leaves. Combine 1.5 ounces cranberry-lime syrup, 1.5 ounces light rum and 1 ounce lime juice. Add ice. Top off with club soda and stir to mix.
Garnish with a stick of fresh cranberries, fresh mint leaves and maybe an umbrella?
Note: If you're a fan of super sweet cocktails, double the syrup. This recipe is lightly sweet.
Cheers, you guys!!! Hope you enjoy your cranberry mojitos! If you make this or any of our other cranberry recipes this Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving, don't forget to tag them on Instagram #ABMhappyhour so we can see!! And enter them in the contest below for a chance to win!
This year, the Cranberry Marketing Committee is giving away $4,000 in total prizes to 8 winners. So there are lots of chances to win! Full details on the contest can be found here.
How to Enter: Hashtag your favorite cranberry photo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with #FriendsgivingCranberryContest, and then upload the picture to their contest site, linked here!
The contest runs until December 19th, 2016, and the winner will be contacted shortly after. Good luck! xx -Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.