Hello dear Readers! ‘Tis the season to be merry and as you know, nothing makes me merrier than a tasty cocktail! This cocktail is great for Christmas entertaining, I call it the Rudolph’s Red Nose Cocktail! Do you have a special someone you’d like to meet under the mistletoe? Or are you having a cheery bundle of friends and family over to yours? Well, pay close heed, this is the cocktail for you!
This cocktail is named for everyone’s favourite reindeer, Rudolph, with his very shiny nose. I can’t promise that you’ll have a very shiny red nose after drinking a few of these, however I can promise that this drink is delicious, festive and very pretty with the inclusion of frozen cranberries (Rudolph’s nose) to garnish. The base of this cocktail is Tesco’s Finest French Grain vodka. The good people at Tesco were kind enough to send me some and I have to say, I am impressed. The smoothness rivals that of Grey Goose (yes, seriously vodka aficionados, I am going there) and it’s incredibly easy drinking. To prepare your Rudolph’s Red Nose, you will need the following…
Ingredients (all available to purchase through the links):
- 4 shots of Tesco Finest French Grain vodka
- Pink lemonade
- ¼ cup ginger syrup or to taste
- A handful of frozen cranberries to garnish
For the ginger syrup:
- Thumb sized (approximately 4 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
Place all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused into the syrup, which should take about 20 minutes. Strain into a lidded jar (or a glass you can cover with foil) and allow to cool fully before use. This syrup keeps well in the fridge (not that it will last long with this cocktail!).
In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka and ginger syrup and shake thoroughly. Divide between two champagne flutes and top with the sparkling pink lemonade. Garnish with a few frozen cranberries and enjoy!