The C&T Cocktail was suggested by one of our readers, Michael Julian, who created it with a friend. It’s based on the Cranberry Gin, but to that delicious combination, it adds flavors of orange and lime.
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.
This takes the Cranberry Gin to a whole new level. The sweet and tart notes hit you first, and you finish with the juniper flavor from the gin. While you could substitute another brand of gin and still come out with a nice drink, I do like Sapphire in this one. It’s a lighter, milder gin than some, with plenty of complexity but no single sharp note that jumps out at your taste buds.
This is a nice drink for sipping on a warm day, particularly by the pool. It’s also a great barbecue cocktail, because even though it packs a kick, it’s light and refreshing, with plenty of tart fruit juice.
In this day of artisan cocktails, you might be wondering if this cocktail can be improved by squeezing your own cranberry juice, or buying some super-fancy brand of cranberry juice. The answer is, in my opinion, not really. Plain old Ocean Spray tastes delicious. Some people prefer Knudsen’s or Langer’s, but it’s really just a matter of taste.
C&T Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin
- 1/2 ounce Absolut Mandarin
- Dash of lime juice
- Fill with cranberry juice
Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Pour in all ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass with filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime.