Cranberry Gin

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I thought I invented this drink. No, really. I used to add cranberry juice to 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: Tanqueray #10, 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.

Recipe

  • 1 1/2 ounces Tanqueray #10 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 Tanqueray #10 and Bombay Sapphire, both of which work well in this recipe.

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Comments

  1. This drink might go straight to the top of my list.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I think the gin cranberry combo is underestimated! Super easy and delicious recipe… Thanks!
    I made a version that included fresh squeezed OJ and a hint of cinnamon infused in the gin, share and share alike!
    Cranberry, saddle up.You’re pulling double duty at my place | J is for Judy!
    http://jisforjudy.com/cranberry-orange-gin-martini/
    Happy Holidays!

  7. Just added a splash of cranberry to my gimlet. Perfect!

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