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Cranberries a la Symon


Cranberries a la Symon


Iron Chef America, anyone?  Last week they had a Thanksgiving special.  They had to use ingredients from the first Thanksgiving (no thank you plucking duck feathers), so I was only mildly interested in recreating the recipes.  There was one thing that struck my fancy, which Dan and I were determined to recreate.  Naturally, it’s a cocktail.  Unfortunately for me, Iron Chef doesn’t post it’s recipes anywhere so I couldn’t figure out what was going on, exactly.  So this is our interpretation of whatever deliciousness Iron Chef Symon made.  He started with cranberries, whole fresh ones.  Then he added vodka to the glass.  He let that sit for a bit, and right before serving he filled the glass with champagne.


I figured that the flavor of the cranberries wouldn’t come out if they were just left whole, they’re pretty resilient little things.  So I opted to make a simple syrup to accompany them.  I also went light on the vodka because I didn’t want to be down for the count.



The next time I made these, after some of the comments you posted, I boiled the cranberries in juice from one orange, with 2 tbsp of orange zest, for about five minutes.  Then I soaked the cranberries in syrup.  This helped bring out some of the flavor.


Cranberries a la Symon

5 parts champagne

1 part vodka

1 part simple syrup

2 cups sugar (for syrup)

1 cup water (for syrup)

Handful of cranberries

Bring your sugar and water to a boil.  Once the sugar is dissolved, set aside and cool.  That’s your simple syrup.  Put your cranberries the glass, add simple syrup and vodka (equal amounts of each).  Let sit for ten minutes or so, so the flavors blend.  When you’re ready, add the champagne, and serve.

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  • Justin

    25.11.2008 at 22:16 Reply

    Thanks for putting this recipe down – I felt the same way about the episode, and really wanted to try this drink for Thanksgiving.

    One addition – they didn’t show it on the program, but Chef Symon said the cranberries were macerated with oranges and mint, and maybe something else that I didn’t catch. I’m not sure how long to let them sit together, but I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

  • biscuitsandsuch

    25.11.2008 at 22:30 Reply

    Ooooooh, I must have missed that. Let me know how it goes!

  • Liz

    25.11.2008 at 22:44 Reply

    I’ve looked forever to find something about that drink, finally I found your article, Thanks!! Did the cranberry flavor come out in the drink without cooking them at all? My husband thought he cooked them before putting them in the glass, but I think he was cooking them for another dish. I was wondering if soaking them in the simple syrup and vodka overnight, before making the drink would do the trick?

  • biscuitsandsuch

    25.11.2008 at 23:35 Reply

    I smashed them a little bit before I soaked them, which helped. The first time we made it, Dan cut the cranberries in half, but the seeds got everywhere. I might try cooking them a little with oranges, see how that works.

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