The Kristy Kringle

Guess what!  It’s time for another installment of The Secret Recipe Club!


Okay.  I’ve been waiting and waiting to get this month’s SRC blog.  I first found Gastronomical Sovereignty through my SRC group.  And I’ve been stalking Kristy ever since.  I love her writing and recipes.  I mean seriously anyone who starts a recipe with, “In a big-ass pot, chuck in all your ingredients.” is my kind of gal!  As always I was eyeing a few different recipes, like Smashed Flat Chicken with Prosciutto & Sage and French Potato Salad with Feta & Lemony Green Beans.  For the first time ever, I made my own decision about which recipe to share.  It can happen.

I totally planned on making Kristy’s Best Ever Chicken Noodle Soup, but I procrastinated and the month got away from me.  But now I’m kind of glad it did.  I would have sat on this cocktail recipe, and that’s just not right.  It’s so freaking good!!

Kristy Kringle 2

The cocktail itself is really light and refreshing from the citrus and ginger, and then you get the perfect amount of sweet and spice from the cinnamon/sugar rimmed glass.  It’s seriously amazing.  Mike said so too.  Two very enthusiastic bartender thumbs up!!  I’m totally making a pitcher of these bad boys for our holiday party this year.

Since we liked this cocktail so much, and because I think Kristy is just so swell, I decided to give this drink a snazzy name.  Today, I give you the Kristy Kringle – AKA Kristy’s Cold Weather Cocktail.  You should totally check out Kristy’s original post too.  She explained all the health benefits of this drink…as if I needed another reason to get my hands on one these bad boys.  :)

Kristy Kringle 1

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The Kristy Kringle
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Serves: 1 cocktail
  • Three 1" pieces of peeled apple (gala, pink lady, fuji, braburn)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Gran Marnier (or orange flavored liqueur of your choice)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (1 or 2 limes)
  • Juice of 1/4 of an orange (about 2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Apple chip or lime wedge for garnish, if desired
  1. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon with 2 tablespoons sugar until. Pour onto a small plate and shake to spread out the cinnamon/sugar evenly.
  2. In a small bowl, add water and 2 tablespoons sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave for 5 to 10 seconds at a time until sugar is melted. Set aside simple syrup.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle apple and ginger until apples are totally smashed. Add vodka, Gran Marnier, lime juice, orange juice, and simple syrup to shaker. Give everything a quick stir.
  4. Using your juiced orange, run the flesh of the orange along the rim of your cocktail glass. Dip the glass rim into the cinnamon/sugar. Add ice, and strain your cocktail into the glass. Garnish glass and enjoy!


  1. says

    What a GREAT SRC pick and such lovely photos too…….I DO love a drop of Grey Goose vodka now and then! I am new to group C and am enjoying doing the rounds this morning! Karen

    • Julie Espy says

      Welcome to the group Karen. I joined back in February and love it. You have a lovely blog! I definitely need to try your Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties. I love getting Pasties at the local highland games, but it’s been forever since I’ve had one. My boyfriend plays bass drum for a couple different local pipe bands. :)

  2. says

    Julie!!! I’m so glad you liked the cocktail! I know the chicken soup recipe is a bit of a process – worth it though, if you have a chance this Winter. And it makes a crap ton 😉

    Honestly – I love this drink. I look forward to it every Autumn/Winter because it’s perfect for the new apples. I’m honored by your post – you’re too kind. And kind of amazing. And by kind of, I mean most definitely.

    Thank you so much and I’m proud to be a fellow SRC member! XOXOXO!

  3. says

    Oh boy – I’m so into ginger cocktails right now and this one sounds AMAZING. We host a big family Christmas dinner every year and I always serve a new cocktail – it’s going to be this one -thanks for sharing!

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