Santa's sidecar

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Santa’s sidecar

Cranberry compote


In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange and lemon juices, sugar, sage and ginger, with enough water to cover (about 1 1/2 cups). Cover and bring to a boil, then remove the cover and simmer until the berries are softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. This makes about 3 cups. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Cocktail assembly


Rim a martini glass with sugar. (Moisten the rim with water or lime juice and dip into sugar.) In a shaker with ice, combine the brandy, orange liqueur and compote. Shake; strain into the glass.

Adapted from Zahra Bates, Providence.

Betty Hallock was the deputy Food editor, covering all things food and drink for the Saturday section and Daily Dish blog. She started at The Times in 2001 in the Business section and previously worked on the National desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She’s a graduate of UCLA and New York University.
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