Simply Cranberry and Kumquat Cocktails – Simply Yummy!

Eddie loves vodka, so I experimented with a variety of flavors and settled on Simply Cranberry Cocktail mixed with vodka and enhanced with a squeeze of lime and dash of kumquat. I used the 59oz bottle since I was making lots of servings. You can get a smaller/single serving version (13.5oz) for on-the-go, and if you love the other Simply beverages, you won’t want to miss Simply Cranberry Cocktail.

Of course – I had to craft a cocktail stir stick for the drinks. I used pink, yellow and orange felt flowers. I picked these colors to match the cocktail. I hot glued them in layers to a skewer. I added a pink rhinestone to the center for a pop of sparkle. I made the skewers a few days in advance of the picture night.
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The first step was skewering kumquats. I added three per stick. Note: you can freeze kumquats for an extra pop of cold.Β 
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For the drink I mixed:
4 ounces of Simply Cranberry Cocktail
1/2 ounce of Vodka (you can add more)
Squeeze of lime wedge
Squeeze of kumquat
Served over 3 large ice cubes.
Garnished with kumquat felt flower skewer.
Enjoyed by all!
  1. I always have music at my parties, it gives the party a more festive atmosphere and I love playing oldies for the older people and what’s playing on the radio for the teens
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  2. My favorite way to make a party at my home more festive is selecting a theme. So, the decorations, food, drink, party favor and maybe dress code too, would all follow the same theme. It’s really festive and fun!

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  3. brave eddie! to make party festive I put on upbeat music and lots of snacks. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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  4. I love throwing a themed party, everyone gets into mood, Arabian Night, Summer in the Hamptons, Breakfast at Tiffanys it doesnt matter, a theme makes everything so much more fun and festive πŸ™‚ of course good music, great friends, delicious drinks and food too!

    thank you for the opportunity + i love kumquats! πŸ˜€

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  5. I like to make things ahead so I can focus on the guests at the party!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom
    adorable drink idea!

  6. I love a mix of simple and fancy dishes – the fancy ones make the whole party more festive! Music helps, too.

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  7. i like to have things ready ahead of time as much as possible so i can hang out with family & friends. close friends and great music always make things festive! πŸ™‚
    asucarr@aol.com

  8. Can’t do much entertaining in the home right now because our house is sooo tiny, but we do like to have BBQs in our back yard (when things warm up more). The music helps things be more festive and I love to put xmas lights in the trees. Never had kumquats…sounds interesting

  9. Yummy finger foods and drinks are my number one party requirement. A close second – decorations!
    Any excuse to craft, right? Also, I already love the ‘Simply’ juices so I really want to try this one!

  10. Games and snacks make our gatherings more festive. Interactive video games seem to add a great deal to the socializing now.

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  11. Love the homemade cocktail stick. I’ve never thought about doing that, but I’ll definitely have to in the future. I like to have a signature cocktail that compliments the food and just the right amount of decorations for a festive get together.

  12. I love making a party more festive by making cupcakes catered to the theme of the get together as well as themed ice cubes! πŸ™‚

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  13. I like to make sure I have a lot of different types of foods to suit everyone’s taste.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  14. My favorite way to make a party or get-together at my home more festive is selecting a theme but with simple decorations. I love to prepare homemade finger food, nice dessert and drinks. Love your Simply Cranberry Cocktail idea, will plan it for my next party. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  15. Having music or decorations that correlate with the occasion or season always makes it more festive! ! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)Com

  16. My favorite way to make a party more festive is to homemake as many of the decorations as possible after I have settled on a theme. My favorite way to make it more fun, however, is to get everything I possibly can done in the day or two before the party so I’m not frazzled at the party πŸ™‚ A stressed host is always a downer…I know you didn’t ask for the last part, but I thought I’d throw it in there for anyone reading πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting this and the great ideas!

  17. I use my Sizzix Die Cut Machine or my Cricut Machine and cut out shapes that go with my theme and either I decorate them or have them out for children to decorate. Then I hang them with fish line. It is a great decoration and something to keep kids busy when adults want a break.

    I also have plenty of food and drinks out.

  18. Big Bowl of Awesome Homemade Guacamole topped with fresh diced tomato – served with a ton of fresh stone ground tortilla chips from our local Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory (Lime flavored!). Your drink will go perfect with the chips an guac!

  19. We like outdoor grilling with lots of music and cold drinks. We usually don’t have a theme because it just good friends getting together.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. I love having tons of little finger foods as the main course! You can have a huge variety of food to offer and appetizers are always delicious!

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  21. FOOD! Lots of food! I always make my parties pot lucks, so there is always tons of yummy vegetarian/vegan food to munch on. Plus this makes it easier on the host! I supply drinks within reason and usually one main dish, like a pot of chili, and then everyone else brings the appetizers and desserts! Works like a charm!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  22. I do like entertaining and my favorite thing is to do theme parties. I customize my food, drinks and decorations/decor around a theme and everyone really enjoys it….I just try not to get too hokey!

  23. I love having bring a dish party it help everyone feel like that are a part of it and it keep me from having to cook everything and every love to show of by bring the best dish.
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com