Put That Cranberry Sauce to Good Boozy Use

by Sara Lindquist
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016



Rosemary simple syrup dresses up this festive cranberry cocktail.

Even if you did a great job plowing through your Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m willing to bet a good number of you still have an extra can or tupperware of that jellied cranberry sauce kicking around. The good news? It makes a great addition to cocktails! Shake it up with gin, citrus, herb-infused simple syrup and some bubbly club soda, and you’ve got yourself a tangy, festive cranberry cocktail. And trust me, this seasonal libation is worth a quick trip to the market if you used up all your sauce on those turkey sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (find recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons jellied cranberry sauce
  • club soda, to taste
  • cocktail cherries or lime wheel (for garnish)

 

Notes

To make rosemary simple syrup, combine 1 cup white sugar with 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to just under a boil, and stir gently until sugar is completely dissolved. Lower heat to a simmer and add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove rosemary springs and discard. Let your syrup cool slightly, and then pour into a glass jar or bottle for storing. Refrigerate until cool. Your syrup will keep refrigerated for several weeks of enjoyment.

Directions

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon and lime juice, Cointreau, rosemary simple syrup and cranberry sauce.

2. Top with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass.

3. Top with club soda and garnish with cocktail cherries or a lime wheel.

 

About the Author

Craving Boston's Sara is a Boston-based cocktail enthusiast and bon vivant. Outside of her job in real estate, she enjoys mixing drinks and entertaining for friends in her tiny Beacon Hill apartment, and eating and imbibing at restaurants and bars – and Instagramming her favorites – throughout the greater Boston region.

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