Americans buy somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 million real Christmas trees a year—and they all wind up in the trash. This season, squeeze a little more fun from your holiday flora with this pine-infused cocktail. All you need are a few fresh twigs, a bottle of vodka and enough imagination to get you through the next six weeks in one piece. Here’s to branching out!
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- 2 ounces pine-infused vodka, chilled*
- 4 ounces soda water, chilled
- 1/4 ounce cranberry juice
- Garnish: pine sprigs
- Garnish: fresh cranberries
Fill a small bowl or plate with crushed ice.
Place a large holiday ornament in the middle of the ice and remove the top.
Add 2 pine sprigs and 8 fresh cranberries.
Pour the chilled pine-infused vodka into the ornament.
Top with the chilled soda water.
Finish with the cranberry juice.
Serve with a straw.
*Pine-infused vodka: Add 3 large pine sprigs into a 750 mL bottle of unflavored vodka, and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain out sprigs, and store in the freezer indefinitely.