Holiday Cocktail *Cranberry Ginger Fizz*

Posted on December 25, 2011

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Perfect for sipping while sitting around the tree with the ones you love.

In our case, it helped fuel our inevitable bustling around and assembling a play kitchen on Christmas Eve for our little tot.

Here’s the original recipe for a pitcher, which serves 4, and we added a range for a few of the ingredients because we felt it was a little stiff with only 3/4c simple syrup ingredients and the amount of cranberries needed to be increased a bit.

  • 3/4-1 cup sugar
  • 3/4-1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 1/2 cups dry gin – Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tangueray suggested
  • 1 (+) cup chilled Ginger Ale
  • 4 mint springs, or as you like it; I prefer more mint in mine

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved; voila, simple syrup.

Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool.

Then take out 2-3 Tbsp drained cranberries and 6-7  Tbsp cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices (peeled first).

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.

Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.

Strain into a medium pitcher.

Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and 1/4 cup ginger ale.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat.

OR: the quick n dirty way–just dump the rest of the cranberry mixture and garnish in over ice–and then drink quickly before ice melts…

I know you like using your cocktail shaker whenever possible…but in our case…well–that’s the Whoops part of this Yummy post. Turns out the cocktail shaker had gotten stuck closed with some cocktail remnants a full 7 months ago…and had gone back on the shelf–yes, I blame only myself…anyway, my hub yanked it open, only to find a rotting mess that got on his shirt, the kitchen floor, with a smell that threatened to overpower the smells of roasting butternut squash and bacon wrapped dates…!

Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 “cooked” cranberries and a mint sprig, we liked having orange slices in ours too…nothing like finding some perfectly “steeped” fruits at the bottom of a fizzy delicious drink.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

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