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Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Serve an adults-only tea, flavored with orange liqueur, for neighborhood happy hour gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 151
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 23.5 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 7 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Gently stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice; garnish with rind, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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.