Cranberry Almond Kicker
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Cranberry Almond Kicker
Cocktail recipe

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The Cranberry Almond Kicker is a flavorful cocktail that combines the sharp, tart taste of cranberry juice with the sweetness of orange juice and the nutty, rich flavor of amaretto. ... more The Cranberry Almond Kicker is a flavorful cocktail that combines the sharp, tart taste of cranberry juice with the sweetness of orange juice and the nutty, rich flavor of amaretto. This delightful mixture is rounded off with the neutral spirit of vodka, creating a well-balanced drink. It's typically served in a cocktail glass, making it an attractive option for social gatherings or a cozy night in. The cocktail's vibrant red hue and the subtle interplay of fruity and almond essences make it a treat for the senses, offering a refreshing experience with a sophisticated twist.
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Vodka
Garnish
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Clementine
Alcohol content
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13.5% | 1.62 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Cranberry Almond Kicker

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a clementine and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What kind of vodka is best used in a Cranberry Almond Kicker?

For the Cranberry Almond Kicker, a plain, high-quality vodka is recommended to not overpower the subtle almond notes from the Amaretto and the tangy flavor of the cranberry juice. However, experimenting with flavored vodkas like citrus or vanilla can offer an interesting twist to the cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some recommended garnishes for the Cranberry Almond Kicker?

Garnishing the Cranberry Almond Kicker with a lime or orange wheel can add a nice citrusy aroma and appeal. A few cranberries (fresh or dried) on a skewer or floated on top also enhance the visual aspect and hint at the cranberry flavor within the drink. For an almond touch, a sprinkle of crushed almonds over the drink could be a delightful addition.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glassware for serving a Cranberry Almond Kicker?

The Cranberry Almond Kicker is best served in a cocktail glass as recommended. A martini or coupe glass would also complement the elegance and the cold nature of this shaken cocktail. The choice of glass can enhance the drinking experience by showcasing the cocktail's rich color and facilitating the aromas to reach the nose.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Cranberry Almond Kicker compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 13.5%, the Cranberry Almond Kicker sits in the moderate range of cocktail alcohol contents. It is stronger than light cocktails like a Mimosa or a Shandy, which often have around 5-8% alcohol but less potent than heavy hitters like a Martini or a Manhattan, which can go upwards of 20% alcohol by volume.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with the Cranberry Almond Kicker?

The Cranberry Almond Kicker, with its mix of tangy, sweet, and nutty flavors, pairs well with lighter dishes like poultry, salads, or seafood. Its cranberry component makes it a great companion to turkey or chicken dishes, while the nutty Amaretto complements almond-based desserts or cheese platters.

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