I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year, every square inch of my refrigerator, pantry or freezer is as precious as gold. I’m trying my best to move things around, make room for this or that. It’s such a fine line of trying to get as much of the holiday dishes done ahead of time as possible, and not having any more room. AT ALL. I then have to call Sergi, who is the packing genius, he works his magic and somehow manages to squeeze it all it. It gives me a thrill to throw out an empty egg carton or use up one thing or another. Ha ha.
In the spirit of trying to save you some room, I am offering up a drink that is made into a very concentrated syrup and then you dilute it with water or carbonated water, and thus, you have TWICE as much space left in your refrigerator. Mors is a Russian non-carbonated drink, usually made from cranberries, huckleberries or any other berries. Cranberries and raspberries are one of those combinations that are such a perfect match – tartness and sweetness. This is one of my favorite drinks. Gorgeously rosy, refreshing and you can control the sweetness and flavor, adding as much sugar or water as you like and substituting the berries to whichever ones you prefer – cherries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. 3 (12 oz) packages cranberries (36 oz TOTAL), fresh or frozen
24 oz raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 gallon plus 1 quart water
4 cups sugar
Water or seltzer water to dilute the drinks.
Add the sugar and water. Bring it to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 30 minutes – 45 minutes, until the fruit is mushy and foamy on top. The cranberries will “burst”. Discard the cooked berries. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper towel or a cheesecloth. The mixture should be very concentrated and sweet. I don’t like my drinks too sweet, so if you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side, you may want to add more sugar. Cool.
I usually store the concentrate in 2 liter canning jars. You will have approximately 5 1/2 liters of concentrate.
When you’re ready to serve, dilute the concentrate with water or seltzer water. You can also add some mint.
- 3 (12 oz) packages cranberries (36 oz TOTAL), fresh or frozen
- 24 oz raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 gallon plus 1 quart water
- 4 cups sugar
- Water or seltzer water to dilute the drinks
- Mint, for garnishing, optional
- Combine the cranberries and raspberries in a large pot.
- Add the sugar and water. Bring it to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 30 minutes - 45 minutes, until the fruit is nice and mushy. The cranberries will "burst".
- Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper towel or a cheesecloth. Discard the cooked berries. Cool.
- I usually store the concentrate in 2 liter canning jars. You will have approximately 5½ liters of concentrate.
- When you're ready to serve, dilute the concentrate with water or seltzer water. You can also add some mint.