Cranberry Gin

I thought I invented this drink. No, really. I used to add cranberry juice to Hendrick’s or Bombay Sapphire at home and enjoy it tremendously. The first time I ever tried to order it at a bar, the bartender needed me to repeat and explain the recipe (?) several times and swore he’d never heard of such a thing, but if I really wanted that, okay. A number of bartenders have acted like they’ve never heard of this combination over the years.

Cranberry Gin drink recipe: Bombay Sapphire, Cranberry Juice

And while people talk about mixing cranberry and gin together online, I haven’t found a lot of solid recipes for a Cranberry Gin. So this is it.

Cranberry Gin drink recipe: Bombay Sapphire, Cranberry Juice

Because straight cranberry juices is almost undrinkable, nearly all cranberry juices sold blend the cranberry with white grape juice, raspberry juice, apple juice, etc. to balance the tartness. Pretty much any blend will be delicious in this recipe.

Cranberry Gin drink recipe: Bombay Sapphire, Cranberry Juice

But pick a gin you really like, because that’s important to the flavor. I’m a big fan of Bombay Sapphire in this one, but Hendrick’s Tanqueray #10 also work very well.

Recipe

  • 1 1/2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • Cranberry blend juice

Pour the gin into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Add the gin to it. Stir gently. (Optionally, if you don’t like ice in your drink, stir the same mixture gently in a shaker, then strain the chilled drink into a chilled glass.)

 

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Comments

  1. Dude says

    I’m drinking the Bombay Sapphire and cranberry right this minute, and it’s definitely a 10/10. Amazing drink. It’s good with Jameson as well.

  2. Nick says

    Gin and cranberry has been my go-to drink for the past 8 years. I don’t like Bombay with cranberry juice for some reason. I have developed the preference for beefeater and tanqueray. Also I enjoy the harshness of pure cranberry. The combination of pure cranberry and good gin is just so delicious. People don’t like when I make their drinks though because I make everything too strong.

    Good article, by the way.

  3. Seth says

    I’m with Nick on this as far as the straight cranberry juice. I always add a lime wedge, and this drink has been a go to of mine for some time.

  4. LADONLYN says

    I also make this at home but I cut fresh strawberries in it without ice and place the glass in the freezer until ice crystals form. I prefer cran-pomegranate as my chaser. And I too get questioned at restaurants when I order this combination. And I hate when I go to the club and all they have is segram’s. I just won’t drink. Enjoy.

  5. says

    I like a gin and tonic, a gimlet, and my personal invention: gin, strawberry soda, and a liberal amount of lime juice. I’ve often paired cranberry juice with vodka which is known as a Cape Cod (though U find few bartenders in my region are aware of the nomenclature). Tonight I substituted gin as I was out of vodka and haven’t found any “official” combination (such as an IBA Cocktail). I feel it needs another name. I’m partial to a “Manchester,” but it sounds like this pairing has been independently developed by several persons over the years.

  6. Michael says

    A friend of mine is a big Bombay Sapphire fan, so naturally we started there with cranberry juice. But I kicked it up a notch with Absolut Mandarin. And a dash of lime. Bam! The C&T was born. My friends name is Chadwick, and they call me Tonto.

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