Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktails

4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 family-sized tea bags
2 1/2 cups no-sugar-added cranberry juice
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
4 cups ginger ale, chilled
Orange rind strips (optional)

Combine 4 cups water and sugar in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour over tea bags. Cover and let stand 5 minutes; discard tea bags. Cool. Stir in juice, vodka, and Grand Marnier; chill.

Gently stir in ginger ale. Serve over ice; garnish with rind, if desired.

--Adapted from Cooking Light magazine

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