Author Notes: In my recipe file, I call this "The Cranberry Shock" because of its taste and color WOW factor. I saw it in the LA Times in 2006. It's credited to Damian Windsor at Bin 8945 Wine Bar & Bistro. He calls it Cranberry Delicious, and it is amazingly refreshing. Note: you want 100% cranberry juice, not the typical juice blend you find in supermarkets. Read the label ingredients to be sure. Trader Joe's sells the real thing. —JohnL
lime, cut into wedges for muddle
cubes sugar (I like to use a couple of packets of Splenda, or to taste)
fresh mint leaves
dashes Angostura bitters
ounces cranberry juice
- In a shaker, muddle the lime with the sugar cubes and mint leaves (John's note: to "muddle", just use a French rolling pin or similar pestle-like tool to pound the lime wedges and mint for a few seconds to release their juices and flavors).
- After muddling, fill shaker with ice and add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and the cranberry juice. Shake well and pour (John's note: I assume you strain it) over ice into a 10-ounce highball glass.