Friday, December 2, 2011

S+S chow: cranberry ginger fizz cocktail

So, its Friday. Check. The Holiday season. Check. Obviously it is time for a little festive holiday cocktail for the upcoming weekend! Hell, why not start now? It's 5:00 somewhere, right? Let's try a cranberry ginger fizz cocktail. Yeah. Let's. Obviously cranberries are very partial to the Christmas holiday. And obviously, as you all know, we are a big fan of any cocktail beverage that contains the word "fizz" in the name. What could be better than a cranberry fizzy drink? Nothing. Nothing at all. This would be Santa's drink of choice. Obvi. Leave one for him at the bottom of the chimney. You will be certain to get more loot.   

cranberry ginger fizz cocktail {via creative culinary}
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 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
1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; pour off all but one cup of syrup, reserving any extra for another use.
2. 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 in syrup.
3. Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.
4. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.
5. Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
6. Strain into a medium pitcher.
7. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and 1/4 cup ginger ale.
8. 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.
9. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprig. 


  1. YUM!!!!!! I am printing this because this would be perfect for my holiday family party!!
    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

  2. Yum! This sounds like the perfect holiday drink! I want to try it!!


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