Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas Party foods. Everyone needs a few good, go to items to bring when you’re invited out at the holidays! We’re starting off with a recipe I stole from a friend after she brought it to a party last Christmas. The beautiful red color of the cranberries is perfect for this time of year! With sweet and tangy flavor from the cranberries and heat from jalapeno, they’re bright and vibrant in your mouth! You’ll be snagging these little babies until the plate is empty!

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Extra recipe for a genius use of the drained juice since I hate wasting things with so much flavor! After you’ve let the berries soak in sugar and drain the juice, you are essentially left with cranberry simple syrup with a little pop of jalapeno. I whipped up an amazing martini for my husband by combining 3 parts vodka to one part cranberry syrup (drained juice). Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass. I wish I had a little jalapeno for a garnish with the cranberry…alas, had to use a lime. Oh well. Delish!

Cranberry Jalapeno Martini

Print Recipe for Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta
from What’s Cooking With Ruthie

1 (12oz) bag fresh cranberries, finely chopped
1 C sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely sliced
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 baguette, sliced ½ inch thick on a diagonal
olive oil
additional cilantro leaf and quartered cranberry for garnish

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Place baguette slices on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake 5-6 minutes until golden brown, let cool.
  4. In mixing bowl combine cranberries, sugar, green onions, and jalapenos; mix until combined.
  5. Let marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Drain juice, add cilantro, mix well.
  7. When ready to serve spread 1 Tbsp cream cheese on each baguette, a dollop of cranberry mixture, garnish with additional cilantro leaf and cranberry if desired. Enjoy!

Lucky Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Drink

If you are looking for something to put a little jig in your step and are not the Irish Whiskey or Guinness drinking type, may I suggest this delicious and delightfully festive St. Patrick’s Day drink? It’s bright emerald color is perfect for all your Irish gatherings. It packs a wallop of gladness and is guaranteed to make you feel as though you’d found the end of the rainbow. I call it the Lucky Leprechaun.

Lucky Leprechaun - Bakerlady

Gorgeous right? Here’s how to make it. Combine equal parts Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, Midori Melon Liquor and Blue Curacao Liquor with a splash of pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake to combine, then serve in an old-fashioned glass. Or, if you’d prefer, a highball glass filled with ice and garnished with a little wedge of pineapple/cherry and an umbrella. But on St. Patrick’s Day, you are going to probably be opting for the less high maintenance version. Just sayin. You can also make this a shot. Same ingredients. Pour into shot glasses and throw one back shouting “Kiss me I’m Irish!”. Cheers!

Lucky Leprechaun - Bakerlady

Equal Parts:
Blue Curacao liqueur
Midori® melon liqueur
Malibu® coconut rum
Captain Morgan® spiced rum
splash (or two) pineapple juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a glass. Serve.

*Side note: With a splash of sweet n’ sour mix, in addition to the pineapple juice, this drink is known as “Liquid Marijuana”.

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