I don’t know about you, but I always end the holidays with a lonesome, half-used bag of cranberries at the back of the fridge. They keep forever, so I just keep looking at them, wondering what the heck to do with them. Well this year, Chris stepped in and saved the day with two delicious cocktails! This week’s Cranberry Collins features his delicious Cranberry syrup alongside gin and sparkling water.
(Next week’s cocktail is a whole different style of drink – but I’ll leave you in suspense!)
A Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail
The syrup beautifully balances the tartness of the cranberries, so you don’t have to worry too much about balance. Don’t get me wrong – the drink is a little less on the sweet side (but you can always adjust the syrup to your taste.) With a hefty splash of gin and some sparkling water for levity, I think you’ll find this drink makes you want to stockpile your cranberries (or at least save some syrup for later.)
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- 1.5 oz Gin Big Gin
- .75 oz Lime
- .75 oz Cranberry Syrup
- 4 oz Soda Water
Cranberry Syrup Ingredients
- 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
- 1 cup Sugar
- Add gin, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake to chill and dilute.
- Fine strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
- Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cranberries on a cocktail pick.
Cranberry Syrup Instructions
- Add all ingredients into a microwave proof bowl.
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Fine strain and press cranberries through a fine strainer to extract more syrup.
- You may want to add water to thin it out. (I did not, and it poured 3x thicker than a traditional simple syrup.)