Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fall refresher: Cranberry and Vanilla-Bean Mimosas

As the nights turns cooler and the days get shorter, your summertime standby mojito might feel a bit out of place. After all, fall is a time to change your wardrobe, your makeup, your skincare—why not your cocktail?

If your palate is as ready to embrace the season as your fashion sense, try this delectable concoction courtesy of Epicurious:

Cranberry and Vanilla-Bean Mimosa
Cranberry juice, chilled
Ice cubes
1 vanilla bean
Sparkling wine
Garnish (optional): sugar and halved vanilla beans

Combine a few cups chilled cranberry juice and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Scrape in the seeds from vanilla bean. Shake well. Strain into champagne glasses, filling only halfway. Top off the drinks with sparkling wine. For an extra-special touch, rim the glasses with sugar and garnish with halved vanilla beans.

Serve and enjoy with friends—perfect for lounging on the deck on a crisp fall afternoon!

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