I remember the day this recipe popped into my head. I was in a small apartment in the “Spalniye Raioni,” or sleeping regions, on the edges of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The industrial feel to the buildings, with their modernist lines and concrete block feel, immediately transported me back to the Stalinist era of 1950s USSR. It was snowing, freezing cold and I was craving a warm reminder of the comforts of home. For years, I made this as just a simple juice recipe. Nothing too fancy, just a cranberry sipper with the volume turned up. Funny how time changes a recipe.
One day, on a trip to Italy, I was reading about Ernest Hemingway’s penchant for cocktails on the Piazza San Marco in Venezia. One such cocktail is the Hemingway. This is definitely a drink straight from the history books. The somewhat creative absinthe flavored mixer named in Hemingway’s honor may be one of the few aperitif flambées in the bartender’s guide. I wonder if Hemingway personally came up with lighting a sugar cube on fire? Cheers to that. Kind of brilliant, my friend!
A real Hemingway is a man’s man drink. Strong, bitter and incredibly powerful, I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually put hair on your chest! Not for the ladies. It is in this spirit that one day I decided to make something a little bit more… delicate… shall we say. A lady would never drink a Hemingway. I like to think ladies drink Hadleyways. Afterall, we’re not barbaric. We don’t set sugar cubes on fire (my sincerest apologies to Mr. Hemingway).
Cook Time: 5 minutes Serving Size: 1 small Hadleway (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup of frozen cranberries
Juice of 1 orange
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla paste, to serve
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cranberries, orange juice and sugar to a boil. Promptly remove from heat and set aside to cool. Can you smell the delicious cranberries! If you prefer a strong cranberry cocktail, you can always let the mixture boil a little longer!
2. A toast to the Hadleyway! Pull out your favorite tea or coffee mug and let the 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla paste rest in the cup (you can use the spoon to stir your Winter Hemingway). Reserving the cranberries for another use, drain the juice from the cranberries into your tea mug, stir in the vanilla paste and enjoy!
Leftover Cranberries? Since this cocktail doesn’t actually call for the cranberries themselves, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Tomorrow you can whip up a batch of Cranberry Orange Muffin. Holla!