Looking for a holiday cocktail that's not over-the-top with its holiday flavors? We know exactly what you mean. A drink doesn't have to have crushed peppermint rimming the glass to be festive. The Red Ryder nails it. Spiced cranberry syrup and a fresh rosemary sprig, which gets shaken with the other ingredients, gives this tiki-ish cocktail its holiday spin. It's what Santa drinks when he's on the beach and misses home.
Serving suggestion: Sip it while you're watching "A Christmas Story."
By Baylee Pruitt
2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Tiki Rum
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce spiced cranberry syrup
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Cranberries and rosemary sprig, for garnish
Combine all ingredients, except for garnish, in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.
*For the spiced cranberry simple syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup sugar, 5 allspice berries, 5 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for five minutes. Let cool completely and strain before using.