Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Holiday Flirtini

In her scintillating essay Berries as Symbols and in Folklore, Courtney Alexander from  Cornell University shares the dark and dirty secrets of all sorts of berries.  Did you know that the seemingly innocuous blackberry (and also elderberries) are associated with wickedness and evil in both Pagan and Christian mythology?  The mythology surrounding the cranberry however is a tad less exciting... 

Ever wondered why cranberries are so named?  

Oddly enough, a bird - the crane - is associated with the naming of this fruit.  Common folkore claims that cranes liked to snack on them; others believe that the pilgrims of Massachusetts thought their blossoms looked like a crane’s head.  Strange, but true.  

Personally speaking, we struggle to see the resemblance.

Cranberry blossoms....

What were those Pilgrims drinking..?

Perhaps they had partaken of one too many Cranberry Raspberry Flirtinis over the Holiday Season (see recipe below). 

Or maybe they over indulged on this be-jewelled Cheesecake recipe with a Port wine glaze, from - the glaze turns the cranberries into little rubies.

If you're excited by this Cranberry recipe and want to experience many more, then stop by the Ocean Spray website - which is jam-packed (pun intended) with Cranberry-fueled delicacies. 

INGREDIENTS: Cranberry Raspberry Flirtini

2 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur
1 ounce champagne or sparkling wine
Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries and fresh raspberries, garnish


Combine the cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and liqueur in an ice-filled martini shaker. Shake gently and strain into a large martini glass. Top with champagne and garnish with fresh cranberries and raspberries.

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