For Christmas, a friend gave me this cookbook of cocktails based on Star Trek™ episodes and, since we were having her over for dinner, along with a number of other good friends, I was determined to make a signature drink that would work well with the appetizers planned and be easy enough to toss into a pitcher before hand and just pour into folx glasses in the midst of eating and drinking and chatting and general catching up; it had been quite a while since we have all gathered around a table together to eat and kill a case of wine or so.
I settled on this recipe because it looked interesting; I already had a bottle of Maraschino liqueur, and I worked out measurements to mix up a pitcher for a crowd before everyone came.
In the original recipe, you make this individually and shake over crushed ice before serving in a cocktail glass garnished with fruit or mebbe a basil leaf.
I went with the chilled pitcher and, in place of crushed ice and cocktail shaker?
Frozen berries, baby!
And it all worked a treat!
•3 cups dry sherry
•1-1/4 cup orange juice
•1-1/4 cup maraschino liqueur
Note: because this kinda sherry-centric, do not even consider picking up one of those “cooking sherry” bottles from the supermarket. I picked up a well rated bottle at the liquor store for around $20.
Stir the sherry together with the orange juice and maraschino liqueur in a pitcher and stash in the fridge until needed.
To serve, pour over frozen mixed berries in a glass and top off with champagne.