Cranberries are cultivated in Canada, and tradition there calls for hosts to make a punch for Christmas guests. Here, the crop and the custom merge in a delightful champagne cocktail, which takes a French turn with the addition of cr¸me de cassis.
1 1/2 cups chilled cranberry juice
3/4 cup cr¸me de cassis (black currant-flavored liqueur)
1 750-ml bottle chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine
Place 2 tablespoons cranberry juice and 1 tablespoon cr¸me de cassis in each of 12 champagne flutes. Pour 1/4 cup champagne into each and serve.