Cranberry Thyme Sparklers
The perfect holiday moment in my mind is a lazy Saturday evening, post dinner, where everyone is chatting over beverages. Given it’s usually cold around here, we always have a pot of coffee going. But I am always looking for something refreshing, festive and girly to keep my holiday spirits up. This year, these cranberry thyme sparklers will be my cocktail of choice and will be available around the clock for any guests.
With a sweet cranberry thyme syrup, these sparklers are made bubbly with 7UP TEN, the 10 calorie 7UP® soda which I found at my local Target (along with 5478 other things I didn’t need but picked up anyway because it is Target). Using 7UP or Canada Dry is a simple way to introduce bubbly into your cocktail and also a splash of lemon or ginger in your drink. I added some fresh lemon zest to the tart cranberry thyme syrup but if you are using Canada Dry, I suggest you use some fresh grated ginger to amp up the cocktail.
For these cranberry thyme sparklers, you can skip the alcohol altogether but adding a little vodka is a great idea. Since they come together so quickly, you can even have the ingredients set up for your guests to make their own. It will be fun for them to mix-and-match the flavors. Just make sure you let people know not to add the bubblies before shaking in a cocktail shaker. Not that I would know what kind of mess that causes (ahem!).
For Cranberry-Thyme Syrup:
To make Cranberry-Thyme Syrup: