Serve an adults-only tea, flavored with orange liqueur, for neighborhood happy hour gatherings.
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 family-sized tea bags
2 1/2 cups no-sugar-added cranberry juice
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
4 cups ginger ale, chilled
Orange rind strips (optional)
How to Make It
Combine 4 cups water and sugar in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour over tea bags. Cover and let stand 5 minutes; discard tea bags. Cool. Stir in juice, vodka, and Grand Marnier; chill.
Gently stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice; garnish with rind, if desired.
This is a fine make-ahead recipe for an open house. Combine the ingredients through step one and chill; stir in the ginger ale just before serving. Serve in goblets, highball glasses, or any pretty clear glasses to show off the concoction's yuletide-red hue.
I've made this on several occasions and everybody loves it. I double the vodka & triple sec because it does make at least a dozen drinks. I've also made it subsituting bourbon & peach schnapps and that was also fantastic.
Definitely 5 stars! Made triple this recipe for a Christmas open house, and it was delicious and popular. You can easily made up batches of it in advance with all ingredients except the ginger ale, and then add the ginger ale to each pitcher just before serving. We are serving it as a New Year's cocktail this year.
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