Woohoo! It’s holiday cocktail time! I promise there are no pinecones in this cocktail… I just thought they looked cute.
This recipe stars one of my favorite fruits of the season: cranberries.
I personally am not that crazy about cocktails. However, the French 75 is a cocktail that even non-cocktail enthusiasts can get behind.
♫ Suggested listening: something fun and French. ♫
Click to listen: Yelle – “Que Veux Tu” (Madeon Remix)
Recipe adapted from Smith & Ratliff
- 1/2 oz. cranberry syrup (see below)
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. gin
- Sparkling wine (or champagne, if you’re fancy)
First, you’ll need the cranberry syrup, far enough ahead of party time for it to cool afterward. Combine 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer for around 10 minutes, until the cranberries are beginning to fall apart. Now you have a few options. Either leave them in, which I did, or strain to remove the cranberries and save for something else, such as serving them (cooled) alongside some camembert.
Once you’re ready to make your cocktails, combine the 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. of the cranberry syrup and 1 oz. gin in a shaker with ice and shake it up until frost begins to form on the shaker’s exterior. Strain into a champagne flute, or in my case a martini glass because that’s what was around, and fill er up with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with cranberries and lemon zest.
Your guests will totally dig it. That first photo doesn’t do it justice, but hey, someone was antsy to drink the thing, so I took the best photo I could in about 10 seconds.
Wanna see a decent photo? Here’s the one from Smith and Ratliff: