Welcome to the November 2013 Virtual Vegan Potluck! This is my third VVP, and it’s so fun to be a part of this incredible group of bloggers who come together with their amazing creations twice a year. Thanks to Annie and all of her helpers who keep it all going!
In the past, I’ve done a side dish and a dessert, so this time I decided to try my hand at a beverage, which is always fun. And this year, Annie threw in a special twist ~ bloggers have the option to use the featured ingredient, which is beets. I decided to go all the way and add it in… and once I heard what it was, I knew instantly which direction I’d take.
One thing that I love about this time of year is the beautiful jewel-colored produce ~ ruby red pomegranates and cranberries, emerald greens, and amber-tinged persimmons and squash. This drink uses the tartness from the cranberries, sweetness of orange, earthiness of the beet, and a spicy ginger zing to create an amazing multi-layered flavor combination.
This can be made either in a juicer or a blender. All of the ingredients can be put through the juicer, or blended together (adding a bit of water if needed to get it going) and then strained. Either way, it’s going to be delicious!
Spicy Cranberry Orange Cocktail
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 beet
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 tablespoon orange zest (or leave the peel on half of the orange listed above)
- 1/4″ – 1/2″ nub of fresh ginger, depending on how spicy you like it
- sparkling water
- garnishes: orange peel, cranberries, sugar
Put all of the ingredients except the sparkling water through the juicer, or blend and strain it through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Put 1/4-1/2 cup of the juice into a glass and add sparkling water to top it off. Garnish with an orange twist and extra cranberries.
To sugar the rim of your glass (which adds an extra amazing taste), rub the rim of the glass with a slice of orange and dip it into a dish that has a layer of sugar. The sugar will adhere to the glass and the juice will add more orangey taste to the drink.
Makes 2-4, depending on how much juice you use in each cocktail.
I just love the way this came out! It’s beautiful, delicious, and so fun to make it look pretty. 🙂
And now onward we go ….
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63 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Spicy Cranberry Orange Cocktail”
Yum, I love that someone made a beet cocktail! The cranberry and orange flavors sound so tart/sweet and appealing together. I love the color, too. 🙂
Thanks, Allison! As soon as I heard that Annie had chosen beets, I knew it had to be a drink with cranberries. And I love cranberry orange together, so that sealed the deal 🙂
ohhhh I could drink this now! Happy potluck!
Thank you! It’s amazing!
Um, yum. This looks amazing. It sounds refreshing and I love the sugar on the rim.
Thank you! It is really delicious and really fun to dress up and make pretty 🙂
Hey Kelli ! I want to drink this off the screen! What an incredible colour! By the way, the blog after you hasn’t posted so you might want to change your go forward link to the next one in the chain http://veggienook.com/2013/11/16/virtual-vegan-potluck-recovery-chocolate-protein-tonic/ 😀
Thanks Poppy! Isn’t it gorgeous?
Sounds great. I can’t wait to try it.
Thanks, Heather ~ hope you enjoy it!
I agree with Allison- what a fantastic cocktail! xx
Thank you, Rebecca! I think it’s snazzy enough for any occasion 😉
Perfect holiday drink!! Love it, Kelli! Thank you – –
Thanks, Annie! It was such fun to make and fun to incorporate the beet! Thanks so much for being Super-Organizer for us!
That looks amazing, Kelli. What an cool way to use beets!
Thanks, Becky! I had a feeling you’d like this one 🙂
You know my tastes to well. 😉
Looks really delicious! You nailed it on the head.
Thanks, Somer! I bet this would also make a great holiday punch… I think it would look fabulous in a big punchbowl.
This is such a stunning and creative way to use beets. Love it!
Thanks, Ashley! Glad you like it
I am inviting myself over for a cocktail party….
Come on over…. you get to bring the doughnuts 🙂
Love the cranberry orange combo!
Thank you! I do too ~ I make cranberry orange bread, cranberry orange scones, cranberry orange oatmeal, and I think my fave is a cranberry orange smoothie! 🙂
Looks gorgeous, all it needs it a shot of rum… 🙂 Haha, or not 🙂
Ha! I was going to add that champagne could be substituted for the sparkling water, for those who roll that way, but I figured they would get it 🙂
Oh this looks delightful! I have all of the ingredients except fresh cranberries. Do you think raspberries would ‘work’ instead?
Yes, I think they would. It may need more ginger or orange, since the cranberries have a stronger flavor than raspberries, but I think it could be good!
Check it out you even put salt around the glass and added ginger to boot so it is pretty and great for my tummy too.
Good call ~ it’s very good for your tummy 🙂
Ummm SLURRRRRRP! I just woke up and I want this cocktail now. Looks so beautiful, girl. 🙂
Thanks Susmitha ~ I’ll send one right over your way 🙂 And that’s the beauty of it – it doubles as a fancy cocktail and your morning juice!
What a gorgeous, creative offering Kelli! It looks stunning. LOVE!
Aw, thanks Shira! It was such fun to make!
So pretty!! This is going to blow my friends’ minds. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks, Nikki! Let me know how it goes if you make it!
I was making a lot of fresh juices this summer when it was nice and toasty warm outside, but now that the weather has cooled off, I’ve slowed down on it. I like your wintery take on this juice with cranberries, orange, and ginger. I have almost all of the ingredients in my kitchen already! Is this kismet or what? Thanks for the recipe, Kelli!
Thanks, Cadry! Sounds like it’s just been waiting to happen 🙂 Let me know how it goes if you make it!
Mmm a sugar rim would make a lovely dessert out of this 🙂
It does! 🙂
such a pretty color! and i m sure tastes amazing too
Thanks, Richa! I love orange & cranberry and the beet is a nice contrast…
Mmm, the flavour sounds delicious, plus I love how you made it all fancypants with the glass and sugar rim.
Thanks, Maggie! It was fun to decorate it 🙂
This looks great! I am looking forward to making this, and drinking it!
Thanks, Kerry! Let me know how you like it…
I love how beautiful and festive this is! I bet it tastes amazing. Thank you for such a lovely offering. 🙂
Thank you for the kind words!
What a beautiful drink!!! Healthy and festive for this time of year. Celeste 🙂
I love that I have all of the ingredients already on hand to make this! It looks beautiful, I bet it tastes just as good.
Thanks ~ let me know how it goes if you make it!
Too awesome for words.
I love the flavors and color of this drink! Happy VVP!
Thank you! It’s pretty tasty 🙂
So creative! Love the idea of a beet cocktail!
Amazing color! So festive!