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Cranberry-Champagne Cocktail

Serves 8

The tangy cranberry syrup takes the place of bitters in this holiday version of a Champagne cocktail. If you make extra syrup, save it. It is wonderful over vanilla ice cream or fruit. Print Recipe

Cranberry Syrup

¾ cup sugar

1 cup cranberry juice

1 tablespoon black
   peppercorns
1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
- Champagne

Cranberry-Champagne Cocktail

Combine sugar, cranberry juice and peppercorns in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing against the cranberries to extract all the liquid.

Add 2 tablespoons of cranberry syrup to a Champagne flute and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.