Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Very Merry Indeed

I may need to mix up this spirit on Christmas day (or better yet Christmas eve)! A good cocktail only adds to the merriment! Enjoy!

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail
4.8 from 9 reviews
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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 11 mins
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
Preparation
  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.
via: www.creative-culinary.com

3 comments:

mb said...

I want to be very merry too.
Have a great Christmas.
mb from Dallas

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Thank you for posting this! I made these last night and they were phenom! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and an incredible 2011!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Great, I'm going to buy the mixers tomorrow and whip these up for Christmas Eve. They'll def. take the chill out of the air!!

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