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Susan and Ted Axelrod

Susan and Ted are a writer and photographer team who met while working for a magazine — Susan reviewing restaurants and writing food features, Ted photographing them. When Ted left the magazine for a freelance career, they launched their blog, Spoon & Shutter in 2010 as a way to keep doing what they love, together. After many years in Northern New Jersey, they are thrilled to be living in Maine, where Ted's clients occasionally include restaurants and food businesses. When they're not working, cooking, rehabbing their old farmhouse or hanging out with their two cool dogs – Ella and Dixie – they're having a blast exploring this spectacular state. To reach Susan, email saxelrod [at] mainetoday.com or follow her on Twitter: @susansaxelrod To reach Ted, email ted [at] axelrodphotography.com or follow him on Twitter @TedAxelRodPhoto .

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Posted: December 5, 2014

Cranberry-Ginger Breeze

Written by: Susan and Ted Axelrod
Cranberry-Ginger Breeze. Photo by Ted Axelrod

Cranberry-Ginger Breeze. Photo by Ted Axelrod

This festive holiday drink combines ingredients native to New England and the Caribbean, longtime partners in alcoholic beverage production. Had someone in Maine figured out how to juice cranberries in the late 18th century, it’s a combination that wouldn’t have been out of the question when ships carrying molasses, spices and other then-exotic ingredients came from the West Indies to Portland and other New England ports, where the molasses was used to make rum.

Despite the island flavors of rum, lime and ginger, the Cranberry-Ginger Breeze seems better suited to sipping by a warm winter fire than from a chair on a sunny, sandy beach. And today, the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, is a perfect day to enjoy one.

I especially like this cocktail because it’s not too sweet, thanks to the lime juice and ginger beer. If you prefer a sweeter drink, use gingerale instead, but be sure to choose cranberry juice with no added sugar.

Cranberry-Ginger Breeze

1 1/2 ounces amber rum (we like Eight Bells from New England Distilling or Ration from Maine Craft Distilling)
3 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry juice “cocktail”)
1 tablespoon lime juice
Ginger beer
Fresh cranberries for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add rum, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake well and pour into ice filled cocktail glass.

Fill glass with ginger beer and float 2-3 fresh cranberries on top for garnish.

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