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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Three Years Ago: Pecan Pie Cookies and Chocolate M&M Cookies
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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8 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2013 Recap”

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    Jane George — December 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

    It looks like a wonderful family filled Holiday, I do get a kick out of the fact that you moved from MA and then bought a “Cape Cod” house. 🙂

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    megan — December 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    hani/hanielas — December 5, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Now that looks like a proper Thanksgiving to me!

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    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — December 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Looks like you had a very SPECIAL first Thanksgiving in your beautiful new house!
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — December 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! And that tree is just incredible! Ombre tree! 😀

    • beantownbaker — December 9th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      Thanks! I’m seriously OBSESSED with it 🙂

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — December 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Sounds like the perfect holiday to me! Your house looks adorable. So happy you got to host Thanksgiving this year – it really is just a fun holiday!

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks! Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday of the year. I’m tempted to offer to host every year, but I think Hubby would strangle me.

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