Emily Han's Wild Drinks and cocktails is a fantastic book. Just got it recently and I really think is a great acquisition. Going through the pages, the lucky one who loves cranberries asked me if I could prepare this drink..and as we all know what she wants she gets.
This is a drink with pedigree as it comes from the 16th Century's Russia. There are versions with other berries and I can imagine that it would work just as well (and I will try in Summer with Blackberries and with other berries). The drink's name means "honey drink" (not the same as honey you are drunk) and it has great body and texture.
The end result was fantastic. Te drink was really tasty cold...but to me when I warmed it up and added rum, well...just so you know the lucky one wanted to role play she being the tsarina. It was a something else...
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes Makes 6 servings
2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
5 Cups Water
1/2 Cup of Honey
Juice of 1/2 Lime (approx. 15 ml)
1 Cinnamon stick
1. Rinse and pick the cranberries and discard stems or leaves. Combine the cranberries and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and cook until cranberries burst, approx. 20 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and mash the cranberries in the pot. Return to the pot and boil for another 5 to 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
3. Stir in the honey and lime juice, cover and let it cool to room temperature.
4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a container, discard the pulp (I used later on); cover and refrigerate.
5. Now…you have to options:
1. Serve chilled, which is quite nice, has body and tons of flavor or
2. In a saucepan pour the amount you are about to drink, stir with a cinnamon stick and ad 2 clovers and some orange zest strips. Serve immediately. This is Mulled Mors!
3. For grownups add some rum. It just can’t get better than that!