The Lit Reindeer

A cocktail recipe using cranberry sauce leftovers to make a vodka Cape Codder cocktail. 

 
Use a holiday leftover, cranberry sauce in this cocktail recipe for a cape codder. An easy to make holiday vodka cocktail. // www.ElleTalk.com
 

It's Thanksgiving week! 

In our house the day after Thanksgiving is the day we bring down all the Christmas decor and start decorating for the upcoming holiday. We put up the tree, adorn the mantel, and let Christmas music flow through the home. I think the biggest excitement comes with putting the ornaments on the tree. In our little house we make a mighty big deal about it. We make cocktails and do a silly dance of walking around the living room making sure we've not missed a single spot on the tree. And of course, like a couple of Old Man Parkers admiring the Leg Lamp, we step out onto the curb to see the tree lit in the window. In honor of our Thanksgiving to Christmas transition I wanted to make a cocktail that would fit the occasion, The Lite Reindeer. Let's be honest a few of these and you'll be lit like a reindeer.

With this week being the start of #LeftOverWeek, I wanted to give you a cocktail that would burn away one of those Thanksgiving classics, cranberry sauce. This Lit Reindeer cocktail is incredibly easy to make as it's just a Cape Codder with cranberry sauce (preferably the more liquid-esq kind over the solid gelatine as it's harder to get to mix) instead of cranberry juice and an optional sprig of rosemary. I love the way the rosemary tastes in this cocktail, so I highly recommend its addition. 

All you do is take vodka (or cranberry vodka), cranberry sauce, lime juice, simple syrup (optional) and a rosemary sprig to a cocktail shaker. Give it a hard shake for about a minute since you are working with a thicker liquid with the sauce. Then pour on ice or leave it martini style. It's strong like a martini but that's why it's LIT! That's it! Can you get any easier or tastier? 

 
Use a holiday leftover, cranberry sauce in this cocktail recipe for a cape codder. An easy to make holiday vodka cocktail. // www.ElleTalk.com
 
 
Use a holiday leftover, cranberry sauce in this cocktail recipe for a cape codder. An easy to make holiday vodka cocktail. // www.ElleTalk.com
 
 
Use a holiday leftover, cranberry sauce in this cocktail recipe for a cape codder. An easy to make holiday vodka cocktail. // www.ElleTalk.com
 
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The Lit Reindeer
A strong martini meet Cape Codder like cocktail using cranberry sauce (not gelatin based) leftovers.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cranberry Sauce (Not Gelatin)
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Vodka or Cranberry Vodka
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup (optional if your cranberry sauce is not sweet to your liking)
  • Rosemary Sprig
Instructions
Into a shaker add your cranberry sauce, lime juice, vodka, and simple syrup*. Fill with ice to the liquid line. Give it a hard shake for 1 minute. Strain into a rocks glass or martini glass without ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig.*If you have a an already sweet cranberry sauce skip the simple syrup. You may also sub out cranberry sauce for cranberry juice. Use no simple syrup in that case.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2
 
Use a holiday leftover, cranberry sauce in this cocktail recipe for a cape codder. An easy to make holiday vodka cocktail. // www.ElleTalk.com
 

I just think these cocktails turned out so cute. They look like Rudolph's nose and it makes me incredibly smitten. It's tart, sweet, and a perfect excuse to use up that leftover cranberry sauce! Are you someone who decorated for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving? Do you make a big deal about the process like we do? I'd love to know all about your holiday traditions down below!

Before I end this I wanted to say I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you know that I'm thankful for you. Yes you, reading right now. I appreciate every single one of you who stops by to check out my recipes and hear the life stories that come along with it. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Happy Thanksgiving.