3 clementines, plus 1 very thinly sliced, for garnish
1 cup sugar (I only use 1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup water
2/3 cup cranberry juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups vanilla flavored vodka (I used only 1 cup) (I also like citon vodka better than the vanilla)
Wash clementines. Cut the clementines into quarters and squeeze their juice into a saucepan. Add the sugar, water and clementine flesh and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Pour into a strainer set over a measuring cup, pressing on the solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids, cool the liquid to room temperature and pour into a pitcher. Add the cranberry juice, lime juice and vodka and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Put 4 martini glasses in the freezer.
To serve, pour the mixture into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until very cold. Pour into martini glasses (I rimmed the glasses with sugar) and garnish each with a clementine slice. Drink up and enjoy!
Hint: Have an extra batch of the simple syrup made, then you can whip up a new batch in a snap if need be.