Christmas

Spiced Cranberry-Plum Sparkler

December 20, 2021
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Photo by JULIA GARTLAND. PROP STYLIST: MEGAN HEDGPETH. FOOD STYLIST: LAUREN LAPENNA.
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When it comes to entertaining in the winter months, it's always nice to have something extra special to impress your guests. Maybe it's a showstopping centerpiece, a spirited singalong, or perhaps a cookie swap—so many possibilities for holiday cheer. If you're looking for a treat that will delight partygoers of all ages, consider this sparkling non-alcoholic beverage that's giving major sugar plums vibes (without the actual sugar).

This holiday-ready mocktail features the LaCroix Sparkling Water’s Beach Plum as its base, then builds upon the festive flavors with spice-infused maple syrup and fresh cranberry juice. The spiced syrup will fill your home with warmth as it simmers on the stovetop before it’s cooled and added to a Champagne coupe (or similarly merry vessel). For a final flourish, spear whole fresh cranberries with a rosemary sprig.

This recipe is shared in partnership with LaCroix Sparkling Water. —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • makes 6 drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces amber maple syrup
  • 5 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 7 sprigs fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans LaCroix Sparkling Water Beach Plum, chilled
  • 18 whole, fresh cranberries
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Make the spiced maple and cranberry mixture: In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine maple syrup, cranberry juice, 1 rosemary sprig, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Simmer until combined and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Once cooled, remove and discard the rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the garnish: Remove a bottom portion of the leaves (about 1 inch up from the bottom) from the remaining 6 rosemary sprigs. Pierce and thread 3 cranberries per rosemary sprig to create the festive design.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, pour 1 ounce of the spiced maple and cranberry mixture into 6 Champagne coupes. Top off each glass with about 3 to 4 ounces of the LaCroix Beach Plum and top with the garnish.

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