Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

This past weekend we had a potluck dinner party with friends. Since we had a fall theme, I decided to play around with cranberries. We all provided one food dish and a beverage. And you guys know I was drawn to the pretty pink color of this cocktail.

And the gin. Let’s be honest here. Ever since I set out to find my go-to cocktail when I turned 30, I fell in love with the gin and tonic. This cocktail is a combination of a cranberry infused gin, ginger ale, and ice.

I made the cranberry infused gin a day in advance and let it sit in the fridge overnight to really soak up all the flavors of the fruit – cranberry, orange, and lemon. The ginger ale gives a great hint of spice and fizziness from the carbination. This drink is a fun festive cocktail that would be great for any breast cancer awareness meal, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really any day of the year.

One Year Ago: Halloween Cupcakes using Fondant
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Four Years Ago: Crockpot Keilbasa and Kraut and Pink M&M Treats
Five Years Ago: Crab and Cheese Omelet


Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

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Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Cranberry infused gin mixes with ginger ale for a delightful cocktail

Yield: 4 cocktails

Ingredients:

For the Cranberry Simple Syrup
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries

Fruit to Muddle
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into slices

For the Cocktail
1 1/2 cups gin
1 cup chilled Ginger Ale
4 mint springs

Directions:

For the Cranberry Simple Syrup
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.

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.

Muddle with Fruit
Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.

For the Cocktail
Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.

Strain into a medium pitcher.

Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice. Fill about 1/2 full with ginger ale.

Top with cranberry infused gin.

Garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe adapted from Creative Culinary

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33 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake”

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    Lindsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries — December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    that cake is so beautiful, and sounds delicious!

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    Kim — December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into that cake right now!

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    SimplySweeter — December 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well…. you’ve done it again! Now, I simply have to add this to my Christmas Eve repetoire. It is fabulous! So many recipes….not enough time!

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    Meesh — December 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wow! this look unbelievable. I might have to conquer my fear of baking just for this.

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, that is stunning! Nice job!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Whoa..this looks beyond incredible…I dont think my sweet tooth will be satisfied ever without this!

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    Karin — December 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have to do this for Christmas dessert! Thanks for sharing!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    C’est magnifique! Great job!!

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    Krystal — December 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Seriously, that looks downright sinful and gorgeous!!! Just amazing Jen!

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    wow, this is over the top 🙂 but totally worth it!! looks awesome!

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    Cupcake Activist — December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a great combination of flavors! I can almost smell the cake. Yum!!

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    Sinful Sundays — December 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    STUNNING! Good job on this, I want a piece!

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    EliFla — December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    …great cake!!! and happy bday to Z!!! Hugs, ciao Flavia

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    What am amazing cake! I love the bright red and contrasting white, simmply beautiful!

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    Rhondi — December 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake! My family would love this. Cheesecake and red velvet are my hubby’s favorites. Maybe I will make it for his birthday!

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    Sherry G — December 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Talk about impressive! You go!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    And just when I think you can’t keep coming up with brilliant ideas and delicious photos…this looks/sounds utterly amazing!

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    Megan — December 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Cheesecake in between the cake layers… OMG. You so outdid yourself. That is amazing!

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    MaryMary — December 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Wow. I saw a similar cheesecake but couldn’t fint a recipe so resolved to just make “plain ole red velvet cupcakes.” This looks so much better!

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    Susan — December 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Oh My – this looks so amazing!

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    KV — December 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

    that looks awesome! I saw something similar in the Sam’s club add that I’ve been wanting to try but homemade would be even better

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    Vickii — December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t print it out fast enough – I’m definitely trying it in the new year! Wow!

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    Caroline — December 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    this has been on my ‘want to try’ list for a while! Maybe this will be the push i need to give it a try!

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    Katrina — December 17, 2010 at 1:49 am

    That cake looks gorgeous and delicious!

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    Elizabeth — December 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    This is so cool! The only reason I like red velvet is the cream cheese frosting and this just takes it to a whole new level!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, where to begin?! That bright red is gorgeous! The cheesecake hiding in the center sounds ridiculously delicious! Gorgeous photos too:)

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    Dina — December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    this is a perfect holiday cake! great idea.

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    Cakebrain — December 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love how the cheesecake layer looks so impressive sandwiched between the shockingly red red velvet layers!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Ok this looks amazing!

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    Joanne — December 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hey girl, I am 100% sure I am going to make this for Christmas…it looks amazing! Just wondering…you used a 9″ springform pan for the cheesecake, right?

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Joanne, Sorry for the delay, but yet, I used a springform pan for the cheesecake. I think that’s why it came out a tad bigger than the cake layers. Did you make it for Christmas? How did it turn out?

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    Anonymous — January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I made this for Christmas and it was absolutely AMAZING! My family really enjoyed it and I already have thoughts of the other cakes that would be incredible with a layer of cheesecake inbetween. What a great idea!

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    Sheka — September 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I am making 60 red velvet cupcakes for my cousin’s homecoming. I used the red velvet recipe without the cheesecake…AMAZING! The best recipe I have found yet. Thanks, keep it up!

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