I came across this recipe a few years back and it has become part of my annual Thanksgiving menu/tradition. I've even made and delivered it to some neighbors who also love it. This recipe hails from Gramercy Tavern in New York City and was published in Bon Appetit way back in 2004.
Here is a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to make this. It can easily be prepared Tuesday or Wednesday so the only thing actually requiring time on the holiday itself is pouring it into a fancy glass.
Cranberry Daiquiri Recipe (Single Batch: 6 Drinks)
1/2 c. sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 t. grated orange peel
1/2 c. cranberries
1/2 c. + 6 T. light rum
6 T. dark rum
6 T. cranberry juice
6 T. lemon juice
I highly recommend doubling the recipe, might as well since you are going to the trouble to make it.
Cranberry Daiquiri Recipe (Double Batch: 12 Drinks)
1 c. sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 t. grated orange peel
1 c. cranberries
1 c. + 12 T. light rum*
12 T. dark rum*
12 T. cranberry juice*
12 T. lemon juice*
*I've measured this several times to find that 12 T. is about equal to 2/3 c. and is faster to pour than measuring by Tablespoons.
Here's the recipe in order without pictures in case you would like to print it, and then below will be a step-by-step with photos.
First, dissolve the sugar in an equal amount of water in a medium saucepan by cooking it over medium heat. Once dissolved, add the cinnamon stick(s) and the grated orange peel and bring it to a boil.
Now, mix in the cranberries and cook until they start to pop. Be careful looking in the pan in case one might pop you in the eye. Seriously! Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. Then discard the cinnamon stick(s). Pour into a container that has room for more liquid.
Now add the first addition of light rum (the 1/2 or 1 c. amount, depending on your batch size) and chill. Once chilled, strain into a pitcher setting aside the cranberries for later use.
Add the dark rum and the second addition of light rum (the 6 or 12 T. amount, again depending on single or doubling the recipe), as well as all the cranberry and lemon juices. Chill again until it's really cold.
Serve in martini or other festive glasses over crushed ice. Add reserved cranberry garnish and enjoy. Cheers!