Today is not a celebratory day for me, but despite all of the circumstances I took the time to make a nice, refreshing beverage — maybe to cool down my head and calm my unsettled spirit. A fabulous Sparkling Cranberry-Passion Fruit Cocktail is my drink of choice!
Since Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated approximately two weeks from now, what better to enjoy than a beverage made with the symbolic fruit of the season: cranberries… Since Brazil and its cuisine are always in my heart, I have added a taste of Brazil to this beverage. The flavor I chose was passion fruit – a very popular fruit in my home country. As for a unifying flavor, I have chosen orange, which is in high demand in both countries, and particularly at this time of the year.
Although Thanksgiving is not celebrated as a holiday in Brazil, Brazilians are equally grateful for so many wonderful things– like for living in a democracy, as well as for all of the other blessings that have been continually poured out upon us, despite all of the circumstances that surround us, too. I cheer with this sparkling cranberry-passion fruit cocktail.
I hope that you are thankful for these and many more blessings – no matter whether you live in the US, in Brazil, or any other democratic country.
Well, enjoy our Sparkling Cranberry-Passion Fruit Cocktail, a Brazilian-American fusion beverage!!! And if you agree with me, let’s look above to the One who is truly in charge…
“If you are overly excited your guy won, you are putting too much faith in a man. If you are overly saddened that your guy lost, you are putting too little faith in God.” Marshall Johnston
Sparkling Cranberry-Passion Fruit Cocktail
2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
1/2 cup passion fruit pulp (thawed) or concentrated juice (chilled)
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling orange juice, chilled
Garnishes: fresh cranberries and orange/lemon slices
Combine first 2 ingredients in a pitcher. Gently stir in sparkling orange juice. Garnish this Sparkling Cranberry-Passion Fruit Cocktail, if desired.