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Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

After last-minute shopping at two malls and a side trip to find wrapping paper only to come home and discover you've run out of Scotch tape, nothing makes the holidays happier than a good stiff drink. It's even better if ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes, plus cooling time for the compote | Serves 1
Note: Adapted from Zahra Bates, Providence.

Cranberry compote

  • 1/2 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 to 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons loosely packed sage leaves
  • 1 ounce peeled ginger, chopped

Step 1In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange and lemon juices, sugar, sage and ginger, with enough water to cover (about 1 1/2 cups). Cover and bring to a boil, then remove the cover and simmer until the berries are softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. This makes about 3 cups. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Cocktail assembly

  • Sugar, for rimming the glass
  • 2 1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1/4 ounce orange liqueur (Bates uses Cointreau)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cranberry compote

Step 1Rim a martini glass with sugar. (Moisten the rim with water or lime juice and dip into sugar.) In a shaker with ice, combine the brandy, orange liqueur and compote. Shake; strain into the glass.

Each cocktail:
197 calories; 0 protein; 6 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 5 grams sugar; 1 mg. sodium.
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