Friends hosted "cocktails for a cause", a fun and enjoyable reminder that this time of year is about a joyful time with wonderful people and giving what you are able to.
I love this warm and convivial evening. Everyone brings something for the family being sponsored, a cocktail, and if they remember, the recipe. The cocktails are placed around the room for people to sample, and are paired with delicious food, prepared by our talented hostess.
SAGE CRANBERRY PUNCH
Boil 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the zest of 1 orange and 4 sprigs of sage. Steep for 45 minutes to an hour, and let cool.
In a large pitcher, combine 4 cups of cranberry juice, 1 cup of vodka, 1/4 cup Grand Marnier and the juice of the orange. Strain the sugar-sage mixture and add, stirring to mix.
Let chill and serve.
NOTE: If I was to make this again, I would cut down on the sugar and increase the vodka!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart