Whip up this sweet and spicy romantic cocktail for the one you love. The infused ginger and cinnamon in a sweet, simple syrup gives each sip a bit of heat. Then mix in a splash of tart cranberry, ginge ale, and vodka in your pink sugar-dusted rimmed glass, and you have the perfect love potion.
1piece ginger - peeled and cut into slices the size of a quarter. You should have 4 quarter-size pieces of fresh ginger.
3drops red food coloringDo not use the gel kind, the basic liquid kind work best. You might need to add a few more drops if you want your sugar to be red vs pink.
2ouncescranberry juice The nutirion label is for regular but I like to use lite, 50% less added sugar variety is best. You don't want your cocktail too sweet.
2ouncesspiced simple syrup
1ouncelime juiceFresh, not from the green bottle
First, make your spiced simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium-high heat, occasionally stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the cinnamon stick and fresh ginger slices. Allow them to steep in the sugar water for 30 minutes.
Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and pieces of ginger. Cool the spiced simple syrup entirely before using.
Pour sugar into a sandwich-size zip lock bag.
Add a few drops of red food coloring.
Seal the bag well and shake to incorporate the food coloring throughout the sugar. If it is too light, add another drop and repeat until you get a nice pink color. If you want a red sugar rim, add a few more drops of the food coloring and shake.
Place sugar in a shallow rimmed plate or bowl.
Wet the edge of your cocktail glass with a wedge of lime. Hold the glass perpendicular to the sugar mixture. Dip the rim of the glass into the sugar mixture and then carefully set it aside.
Add cranberry juice, spiced sugar syrup, lime juice, and vodka into a cocktail shaker. Shake ingredients well.
Carefully pour into your sugar-rimmed glass, being sure to not get the rim wet.
Add ginger ale, give it a slite, stir and serve.
Tip: Make any cocktail a touch more romantic by sprinkling a few dried rose petals on top of your drink. These rose petals are food-grade, organically grown without GMO, and hand-picked daily before sunrise just as the flower blooms and the rose oil content is high. The petals are then left to dry in the sun before packing for distribution.Tip: If you are planning a party, you can make a large batch of the spiced simple syrup the day before. After making it, allow to cool and then place in a pitcher with a secure lid and refrigerate. It can be stored for several days in your refrigerator.Tip: It is best to prechill your cocktail glass in the freezer for an hour before using it. Starting with a chilled cocktail glass will keep your drink cool longer. This is a plus, so you do not have to add ice and water down your cocktail's flavors.