Sunday, March 23, 2008

Enter The Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest

(NAPSI)-Cooking with cranberries is even more delicious when there's a $25,000 cash prize. All you have to do to participate in the Ocean Spray Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest is submit your own cranberry infused recipe using Ocean Spray products.

The contest is open to everyone. For details, official entry guidelines and a look at the 2007 finalist recipes for inspiration, visit www.oceanspray.com (for home cooks) and www.oceanspray foodservice.com (for foodservice professionals).

The website also offers a free downloadable or paper copy of the Ocean Spray "12 Months of Cranberry" booklet so you can enjoy this traditional American fruit year-round.

Recipes must be original, use Ocean Spray products and can be entered in a variety of categories ranging from beverages to baked goods. Recipes will be judged on creativity, ease of preparation, taste, appearance and appeal.
Each finalist recipe will be featured on www.oceanspray.com.

Here is a recipe from one of last year's contest winners:

Winner in the Chef Category
Cranberry Mojito
By Jeff Leidy of Centerplate in San Diego, CA
Ingredients:
4 brown sugar cubes
10 mint leaves
? ounce Ocean Spray® Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries
Juice of 1 lime
6 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
2 cups cubed ice
1 lime wedge, garnish
1 sugar cane swizzle stick, garnish
1 mint sprig, garnish

Directions:
Place sugar cubes, mint leaves, lime juice and sweetened dried cranberries in large tumbler. Crush and combine ingredients in glass using a muddling stick or spoon, until sweetened dried cranberries and mint are minced and sugar is dissolved. Add cranberry juice and ice. Mix well.
Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with lime wedge, swizzle stick and mint sprig. Makes 1 serving.

The versatility and uniquely tart flavor of the fruit is the secret behind this Cranberry Mojito.

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