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.
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.
- 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.)
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.
But pick a gin you really like, because that’s important to the flavor. I’m a big fan of Hendrick’s Gin, and also Tanqueray #10 and Bombay Sapphire, any of which work well in this recipe.