Cranberry Kir Royale

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 bottle Champagne

Directions

  1. Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar to a large pan and set over medium heat until berries break-down slightly and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. *Pour into a blender and process, be careful of the hot liquid expanding when you blend - use a towel over the top of the blender.
  2. Strain and discard any solids then set aside and cool.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry-orange syrup into the bottoms of 4 chilled champagne glasses. Add a few cranberries to each glass and gently top off each glass with Champagne.
  4. *When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

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