This is a must have drink in every holiday party! The gin adds to the festive Christmas touch in this Cranberry Gin Smash, but feel free to use vodka if you are not a big fan of gin. It may not be as Christmas-y but it will still be a pretty darn good cocktail!
Gin and holidays go hand in hand, so do cranberries and holidays. The pine and juniper scent of gin may make it not so much a favorite with some, but if you love gin, then this cocktail should go on your list to make for the holidays.
I love a smash any day. When you add fresh ingredients like orange, in this Orange Bourbon Smash or Cranberries, Rosemary and Ginger in this Cranberry Gin Smash, it just releases all those wonderful oils and flavors from these and gives such a beautiful depth in taste to the cocktail.
How do you make a cranberry gin smash?
First, you muddle some fresh cranberries, rosemary and ginger, add some peychaud’s bitters and gin with ice and cranberry juice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy!
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Cranberry Gin Smash
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 oz gin
- 4 dashes peychaud's bitters
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 inch slice ginger
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Smash the cranberries, rosemary and ginger in a cocktail shaker with a muddler.
- Add the gin and peychaud's bitters along with ice and cranberry juice. Shake well.
- Strain into chilled glasses and serve right away.
- It would be easier to make one cocktail at a time unless your shaker is large enough to accommodate ice and 1 cup of cranberry juice.
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