Spiced California Cup Mocktail

This is one more riff of the weirdly good tomato-cranberry pairing I discovered from Adventures in Cooking.  As with the California Cup Mocktail, this combination works better in a drink than in a chilled soup, and a little bit of fall and winter spice brings it all together.  You’ll need to plan ahead and make batch……

Spiced Cranberry Shrub

A “shrub” is a vinegary fruit syrup, made from roughly equal amounts of fruits, vinegar, and sugar.  Mixed with soda they offer a complex and (usually) non-alcoholic alternative to bottled pop, or can be used as a mixer in more adult beverages.   The basic formula is crazy simple and the variants are endless. Spiced Cranberry……

California Cup Mocktail

The California Cup Mocktail is a quick, fruit-forward non-alcoholic beverage inspired by this weirdly alluring vintage chilled soup recipe.  Tomato juice and cranberry juice pair surprisingly well, and I’ve added some citrus to increase the depth of flavor.   The original California Cup recipe is decidedly a summer affair, but the citrus makes this an autumn……