Shrimp cocktail can be made with so much more than plain cocktail sauce! This cranberry basil shrimp cocktail is made with the BEST homemade cocktail sauce! It’s a refreshing and healthy appetizer that’s gluten free, paleo, low carb and easy to make.
So here we are. End of the year almost new year! This is one of my most FAVORITE appetizer recipes using leftover cranberries and herbs. And it requires no cooking if you buy the shrimp pre cooked. Just thaw and serve for a festive Cranberry Shrimp Cocktail platter! Yep yep, easy as 1-2-3, Do-Re-Mi!
Okay putting the recipe talk and Jackson 5 song lyrics aside for a moment. You see, personally, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally break from a very FULL (fulfilling) year and get my thoughts and personal goals organized for the New Year! Tell me you know that feeling? When you give yourself a break from trying to EXCEED at everything and just focus on the one thing that makes you your best.
For some reason, the odd off times between holidays and new years leaves me more refreshed, despite the fact it’s suppose to be the craziest time of year.
Which leads me here. Refreshing old content that is what made me (Cotter Crunch), me! The recipes that are near and dear to my heart, despite how old they are. Like whoa… this shrimp cocktail was first made in 2014 – gasp! But I digress.
Point being, I’m inviting you to sit and eat at my table as we ponder the end of year! Whatever that may look like. Yes, corny, but that’s me.
Now, about that recipe… it’s unique and SIMPLE to a T! And some might ask…
How do you make the best shrimp cocktail sauce?
To that I would say, you make it semi homemade! Fresh Cranberries blended with cocktail sauce (my homemade is in the recipe notes OR we love this premade brand), fresh herbs, lemon or lime juice, salt/pepper, and a touch of honey! BAM!
I use fresh basil in the cranberry basil shrimp cocktail because it can bring in the medicinal properties we all need during and after a holiday season of eating.
There are several types of basil plants, all which contain essential oils and phytochemicals. Plus it has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties, which can help remedy headaches, fever, anxiety, nausea and more. I’ll cheers to that after a month of holidays!
Oh and one last corny but true recipe fact. because, why not?!
Did you know that this cranberry basil shrimp cocktail is a LUCKY recipe? So it’s perfect for the New Year too! Fruit and Fish (or Seafood) are supposedly eaten at the first of the year to bring “abundance” and luck. Winning!!
Alright friends, tell me how are you enjoying this Holiday season? Are you striving to take better care of yourself? Maybe you should entertain friends and family and reflect on the ABUNDANCE of sweet moments from this past year. While you’re at it, dish up this cranberry shrimp cocktail … just sayin.
More refresher recipes to come!