Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and what is more Thanksgiving-y than cranberries? Well, turkey, sure, but we aren’t going to make turkey cocktails 😉 So we put together a few new cocktails using cranberry syrup (which only takes a few minutes to make!) that we think would make excellent accompaniments to the holiday festivities.
We were thinking of using classic holiday flavors like cranberry, ginger, and maple for this one. When we originally made it, though, the maple overpowered the other flavors. So we tried again with simple syrup, which led to a cleaner, better-balanced drink.
- 1 1/2 oz cranberry syrup *
- 1 oz gin (we used the Oola)
- 1/2 oz ginger liqueur
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz sparkling wine
Shake first four ingredients with ice. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with 2 oz sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Nose: Lemon, yeasty notes from the gin, subtle cranberry and ginger.
- Palate: Tart cranberry and zingy ginger to start. Nice balancing hit of sweetness at the beginning of the mid-palate, then juniper and a hint of lemon. Lemon peel and prosecco to finish. Really well integrated.
It’s got cranberry in it, but lots more attitude than a Cosmo 😉
- 1 1/2 oz cranberry syrup
- 1 oz mezcal
- 1 oz limoncello (we used the very lovely Letterpress)
- 2 tsp Iris liqueur (substitute Creme Yvette or Creme de Violette. Kina l’Avion d’Or might also work. Needs something with a decent amount of bitter and floral notes.)
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass, garnish with a cherry. Enjoy!
- Nose: Big hit of mezcal to start – brine, smoke, petrol, slight pickle-y notes. Then cranberry and bitter floral.
- Palate: Cranberry, lemon, funky floral and slight mezcal notes to start. Strong mezcal on the mid-palate (petrol, smoke and mineral notes) with some underpinning sweetness that keeps it from being overwhelming. Lemon, lingering mezcal, and bright, bitter floral notes to finish.
* Cranberry syrup:
- 1/3 c sugar
- 1 1/2 c water
- 1 pint cranberries
Put everything into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Simmer until cranberries pop and start to get mushy. Strain. Return syrup to sauce pan and reduce by half.
As you can see the tangy sweet-tartness of cranberries is very versatile and plays well with different spirits. If you are curious to try it with rum, we’ve also posted about the Rum & Sodomy in the past. In any case, we hope everyone has a lovely holiday and some delicious cocktails to help celebrate it.
Looking for more sparkling wine cocktails? Check out some of our other sparkling wine drinks.
Looking for other holiday themed cocktails? Check out some of our more spirit forward drinks.