Food & DiningLifestyle Cranberry Martini. by: – June 22, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 38 Views no discussions Share Cranberry MartiniUse good quality vodka and fresh cranberries to make your own cranberry-flavored vodka for this appealing martini. Coating the rim of the glass with vanilla-flavored sugar makes the cocktail even more special.You can make homemade vanilla sugar quite easily, but this should be done several weeks in advance of mixing the drink, because the time required for the vanilla bean (which is inserted into a jar with the sugar) to infuse the sugar with its flavor is quite lengthy.Ingredients:1 cup cranberries1 cup granulated sugar1 cup water1 750 ml-bottle good-quality vodka1 recipe Vanilla Sugar (optional)Ice cubesCranberries (optional)Directions:1.To make cranberry-flavored vodka, in a 1-1/2-quart saucepan combine 1 cup cranberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, and water. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook just until cranberries start to burst. Remove from heat, cool 30 minutes. Strain cranberry mixture, reserving cranberries and liquid. In a large glass pitcher, combine vodka, reserved strained cranberries, and 2/3 cup of the reserved liquid (discard remaining liquid). Cover and freeze for 3 days.2.Strain cranberries out of vodka; discard cranberries (you should have about 4 cups vodka mixture). If desired, place some Vanilla Sugar on a small plate. Dip rims of eight martini glasses in water and in Vanilla Sugar to coat rims; set aside.3.Place ice cubes in a martini shaker. For four drinks, add 2 cups vodka mixture; shake. Strain into four of the prepared glasses; repeat. If desired, garnish with additional cranberries threaded onto small skewers. Makes 8 drinks.4.Vanilla Sugar: Fill a quart jar with 4 cups granulated sugar. Cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place several weeks before using.Recipe source: BHG.com Share Tweet
By Ryan Clark INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The annual Independence Motor Speedway awards banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 in the 4-H Building on the Buchanan County Fairgrounds.The event will recognize the top 10 in points in each of the five weekly IMCA sanctioned divisions. Track champions to be honored include Curt Martin, who earned a track record 11th title in the IMCA Late Model division; four-time Performance Bodies IMCA Modified track champion Troy Cordes; back-to-back IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock champion Benji Irvine and first-time champions Norman Chesmore in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Alex Zwanziger in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. The event will begin with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. S&B Promotions will provide a free keg prior to dinner, which will be served at 7 p.m. and include roast beef, baked ham, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and an assortment of desserts. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.Tickets for the event are $12 each and may be purchased by sending a check to S&B Promotions, 1776 Buchanan-Delaware Ave., Masonville, Iowa, 50654.Those purchasing tickets wishing to receive a confirmation of their order must include an email address with their order. Purchased tickets will not be mailed out and will only be available at the door on Nov. 8.Tickets are only available for purchase in advance and will not be available for purchase at the door. All orders must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 24.Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening and a 50/50 raffle will be held. The speedway office will contact track employees directly regarding banquet ticket information. Contact Ryan Clark at 319 361-3795 with questions.