Prep time: 5 minutes for the cocktail, 10 minutes for the sugared cranberries plus an overnight soak
Pairs well with: Holiday gatherings, cheese board appetizers, and Prime Rib or Crown Roast dinners
- 1/3 Cup Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
- 1/3 Cup Gin such as Tanqueray
- 1/4 Cup St. Germaine Elderflower liquer
- 1/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Plain Seltzer or Club Soda
For The Sugared Cranberries (optional):
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Cup water
- 2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
- 1 Cup Superfine Sugar
To Make Your Cocktail:
- Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice.
- To your cocktail shaker, add your cranberry juice, Gin, St.Germaine, and lemon juice.
- Cover, and shake your cocktail shaker for twenty seconds, or until the outside is good and frosty, and the ingredients are mixed well.
- Strain into two cocktail glasses with ice and fill ¾ of the way, then top each drink off with plain seltzer water or club soda.
- Garnish with the sugared cranberries and a slice of Lemon.
To Make Your Sugared Cranberries (optional):
- In a medium saucepan combine the granulated sugar and one cup of water then bring to a boil over high heat, cooking until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat.
- In a tall container with a lid such as a quart sized ball jar, add your cranberries, and then pour in your prepared sugar water.
- The cranberries will want to float, so top with a weight so they are all submerged, then refrigerate overnight, up to two days.
- Once steeped, drain off the liquid.
- In a mid-sized shallow pan, spread your superfine sugar at the bottom and add the drained cranberries, rolling them around until fully coated in the sugar.
- Let the cranberries dry for one to two hours, put into a covered container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- The sugared cranberries give a festive touch but are optional, if you are in a pinch, just substitute regular cranberries instead for a drink garnish.
- Craft ice cubes are wonderful for this drink – just plan ahead to order a perfect sized ice cube mold.
- You will have a lot of sugared cranberries left over, they are very tasty and go perfect on a cheese platter, or in a nice candy dish for easy munching at your next gathering. They make a sweet hostess gift, too!
- You can make this cocktail in a big batch and put it into a pitcher for a self serve cocktail bar, just leave out the seltzer water/club soda and put it on the side for folks to add. It is also optional, and just as tasty without the bubbles!
- Don’t be tempted to use granulated sugar to coat the berries, superfine sugar is what gives them that frosted look and nice crunch!
Photos by Marla Smith Photography
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