Happy New Year and Cranberry Vanilla Syrup Cocktails

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Well, folks, it’s been a year. It’s been the sort of year that teaches you loads about yourself — what you love to do, what you don’t love so much, and where your sweet spot really is. The holiday pop-up was a revelation — it was so much fun for me! I loved hearing your stories, your recipes and who was getting all those glorious food gifts. THANK YOU for showing up, sharing those stories and being such a supporter of Eat Boutique!

I hope you learned a lot about you in 2014, too, and plan to take that knowledge into your very best year yet.

I hope you spent a lot of time in the kitchen in 2014, and, if not, you can fix that in 2015.

And most of all, I hope you get a little time to reflect, away from a computer, on what matters to you most–perhaps with a little sparkling wine and this Cranberry Vanilla Syrup which I shared over on Style Me Pretty earlier this month (see exactly how I gift it over there). Just add 2 tablespoons of this syrup to a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine and a few fresh cranberries for garnish.

Happiest of new years to you!! xo

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Cranberry Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split length-wise
  • 2 cups cranberries, frozen or fresh

Directions:

  1. Place water, sugar, vanilla bean and cranberries into a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, swirling the pan every now and again to help the sugar dissolve. Once the boil is reached, lower the heat to medium and keep the mixture at a low boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Let syrup steep off the heat for 10 minutes. Strain, discarding the vanilla bean and cranberries (or throw them into some yogurt). Let the syrup cool at room temperature before bottling. Store in a sterilized glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Photos styled and taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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  • Christi in MA

    what size of the medicine bottles do you use? 8 oz? I think these would make great Valentine presents!

    • Hi Christi! I use the 8oz bottles. I do think they’d be awesome for Valentine’s Day. 🙂 Happy new year! xo

    • Here are the exact bottles I buy: http://www.sks-bottle.com/340c/fin4.html

      • Christi in MA

        Thanks Maggie!!!! Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out. 🙂

        • Aww, thanks, Christi! I can’t wait too — it’s been too long!