Happy December!! It is currently 65 degrees on this fine December 1st and I am not complaining. Today has been full of Christmas crafting and festive drinks at our house. I have cranked up the holiday tunes, dressed the tree, started DIY-ing Christmas gifts and whipped up a few of these naughty little drinks.
I love cranberries. I forget they are a thing until mid-November and then I buy bags and bags and bags of these tart little flavor bombs. We use them all over the place. Apple cranberry tarts, cranberry orange relish, holiday potpourri, and cocktails. This Sparkling Cranberry Fizz highlights the brightness of these berries and lets them shine with ginger and lime. Our inspiration comes from our favorite holiday-themed product – Cranberry Ginger Ale! Luke stocks UP on these cans during the holidays and consumes ginger ale like no tomorrow.
There are a few steps to getting everything together for these cocktails – but a little prep has you ready to serve these up in a second at your holiday get togethers. The cranberry ginger simple syrup can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to one week and the sugared cranberries can be stored in an airtight container for about the same amount of time.
I am using rosé vodka here – because pink – and St. Germain to add some sweetness. I top off the cocktail with lime juice and club soda to add the fizz. You can also use ginger beer if you want to highlight the ginger more – I think that would be a delicious alternative!
This is a shaken drink, so make sure your arms are ready for a workout! Your friends and family will be so impressed with your shaking skills when you serve these all month long.
Sparkling Cranberry Fizz
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 2 cups cranberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 3 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces St. Germain
- 2 ounces lime juice
- Club soda
- Cubed ice
- Rosemary for garnish
Cranberry Ginger Simple Syrup: Start by making your simple syrup. Add 1 cup cranberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar (or honey), and ginger sliced into thin rounds. Bring mixture to simmer and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes. With a wooden spoon, break apart cranberries a bit to release more juice. Double strain solids to get simple syrup. This will be thicker than a regular simple syrup – feel free to add a touch of water if you need it to be thinner. This will store in the fridge for about one week and make 4-6 cocktails.
Sugared Cranberries: Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to pot. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat. Add remaining cranberries to pot and let sit for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove cranberries and add to bowl filled with remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Coat berries with sugar and let them dry on a plate or baking sheet. Feel free to sprinkle additional sugar on berries after they lay flat to get an even coating. Let berries dry completely and store in airtight container for up to one week. These are a delicious treat to enjoy outside of adding as a garnish to cocktails!
Once syrup and cranberries are prepared – create your cocktails! Add vodka, St. Germain, 3 ounces cranberry ginger syrup, lime juice and ice to shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into two glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with club soda. Garnish with a pick filled with sugared cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.