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.

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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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4 Responses to “Cous Cous Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries”

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    Cupcake Activist — November 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Is it weird that I’ve never tried cous cous? Your salad looks so good! I musy give it a try!

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    Erin — November 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I’m glad to hear you liked this! I am making it for a Thanksgiving potluck as well, and I literally cannot WAIT to make it again!

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    Josie — November 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    mmm this looks wonderful! I love those flavors and colors!

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    nutmegnanny — November 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I love cous cous. You can mix just about anything with it and it will turn out delicious. Great dish…yum!

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