Cranberry Gin Fizz

by brittany on December 29, 2012

cranberry gin fizz

I know it looks like we’re drinking like fish over here, but seriously, we aren’t.  I mean, we were, and we probably will again, but we aren’t just now.  However, I would like to share this cranberry gin fizz recipe with you because it is super pretty and would be an ideal sitting-on-the-sideboard-during-a-party companion to your eggnog for New Year’s.  My taste testers loved this drink.  It takes a little prep work, but it isn’t hard.

cranberry gin fizz

Cranberry Gin Fizz  (adapted from Creative Culinary)

Yield:  about 8 drinks

Ingredients:

1-1/4 cup sugar

1-1/4 cup water

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 lemon, thinly sliced in half-moon shapes

1 orange, thinly sliced in half-moon shapes

Dry gin (amount to taste)

Ginger ale (amount to taste)

Instructions:

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Reduce to a simmer and add the cranberries.  Simmer just until a few begin to burst, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool with the cranberries in it.  Strain out the cranberries and reserve them in a separate container.

In a large bowl, combine the cranberry syrup, about half of the cranberries, and the lemon and orange slices.  With a muddler or a potato masher, smash the fruit until it releases most of its juice.  Let the mixture sit for about a half hour, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, squeezing the fruit to get the most out of it.  Pour the syrup into a pitcher.

To serve, add ice to each glass.  Add gin to taste, then pour in syrup and ginger ale to taste.  Garnish with a few of the intact cranberries.

Note:  these amounts may seem nebulous, but I found the proportions in the original recipe to be very strange and we enjoyed making our own drinks to taste.

cranberry gin fizz

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