Cranberry-Orange-Cinnamon Vodka Tonic

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

6 fresh or frozen and thawed cranberries 

One 2-inch strip orange peel 

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice 

1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) best quality cinnamon vodka

1 teaspoon orange liquor, such as Triple Sec 

Plain, cranberry or orange flavored tonic water 

Directions

  1. For the simple syrup: Bring the sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. When the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and cool the syrup to room temperature.
  2. For the vodka tonic: Muddle the cranberries, orange peel and 1 to 2 tablespoons simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drink) in a rocks glass. Add the orange juice, vodka and orange liquor, fill 3/4 of way with the tonic and add ice cubes. Serve immediately. Reserve the remaining simple syrup for another use. It will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 month.