Drink of the Week: Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

December 12, 2011 No Comments by Nicole

The holidays are drawing near so I thought we would go with something a little festive this week. Did I mention what a great time of year this is to get married? Think about it. Rates, across the board, are lower. You save on decor costs because whether it be a church, synagogue, reception venue, etc. everything is already decorated!! Double savings! Plus you might get lucky and get to take some gorgeous pictures in the snow!!! Although, I might be the only person who likes snow. Come on, it’s pretty! This signature cocktail would be a great addition to any event! Snow or shine :)

Photo Credit: Creative Culinary

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 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
INSTRUCTIONS
  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.
Recipe Credit: Creative Culinary
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