I thought I invented Cranberry Gin cocktail. No, really. I used to add cranberry juice to Bombay Sapphire with some ice 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. And it makes for such a great break from the Vodka Cranberry cocktail.
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.
Bombay Sapphire works really well in this drink because it’s a mild gin that doesn’t have a lot of notes that compete with cranberry. If you want to pair it with a light meal, try this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad from Life Currents. The cranberry in the dish and the drink will go together well, and the pecan complements The cranberry.
Cranberry Gin Drink Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
- Cranberry blend juice
Pour the gin into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Add the cranberry 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.)