In this post, you can find a delicious cranberry and sage gin cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season or for for any special event.
Are you planning a Christmas party, or simply looking for a cocktail to get you into that Christmas spirit? Look no further. This delicious cranberry sage cocktail will do just the trick.
I am not usually a gin drinker; however, the acidity of the fresh cranberries and limes mixed with the sweetness of the candied sage and cranberry juice makes the palate pop. You can’t even tell that there in Gin in your drink!
If you’re new to my blog, one of my part-time-jobs in as a bartender/server at Seasons 52, this drink is a spin-off version of my own.
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What do you need to make this cranberry and sage gin cocktail?
- 1 bottle of Gin
- 2 Cups of whole cranberries
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 juicy limes, cut in half
- 1 packet of fresh sage
- 3 cups of cranberry juice (Red or White)
- 3/4 cup of water
- 12 cups of ice
- 1 Bottle Gin
- 2 Cups of Cranberries
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 6 Juicy Limes, cut in half
- 1 cup of sage
- 3 cups cranberry juice, red or white
- 3/4 cups of water
- 12 cups of ice
- Aluminum foil
- Basting Brush
Candying the sage and cranberry garnishes.
*This step is not included in the total prep time. I recommend doing this the evening before making your cocktail. The candied sage and cranberries need at least 4-6 hours to harden before use.
1. Make simple syrup
- Bring ¼ cup of water to a boil in a small Sautee pan.
- Add ¾ cup of sugar to the boiling water. Set ¼ sugar aside in a small bowl.
- Stir the sugar so that it completely blends with water. Turn off the stovetop.
3. In a small bowl, add ¼ cup of cranberries. Brush a light amount of simple syrup onto the cranberries, and mix the cranberries around. Once they are lightly coated, add one teaspoon of sugar all over the berries. Let sit.
4. Place your simple syrup in a bowl or container and set aside. It can be stored in the refrigerator.
5. Let the sage and cranberries sit out for a minimum of four hours to get the full candied effect.
Once your candied sage and cranberries are ready, it’s time to make your cocktail. I am going to give instructions on how to make one cocktail, but if you want to prebatch it for a party, do the same thing using all of the ingredient’s times 12. (2 ounces of cranberry for one cocktail- 24 ounces cranberry for a batch)
If you are batching this cocktail, I would use a plastic bowl or storage container to do all of your muddling. Leave out the ice and add your Gin and cranberry juice. Stir instead of shake and pour over ice upon serving.
Instructions for Cranberry Sage Cocktail
Step 1. In a glass, or directly in a shaker if you want to avoid using too many dishes, add 3-4 whole cranberries, ½ ounce of simple syrup (or more if you prefer sweeter cocktails), and using a juice press, squeeze every drop of juice out of half of a lime. Add two or three sage leaves and with your muddler—muddle, muddle, muddle. For the best technique, press your muddle down into your concoction, and move the muddle in a circular motion. Muddle about 5 or 6 times. The more you muddle, the more flavor you will release from the cranberries to get the perfect sweet and sour combination.
2. Add ingredients to your shaker and fill shaker up with ice. Add two ounces of Gin. Then add two ounces of red or white cranberry juice. Red cranberry juice will make the cocktail a little more bitter, whereas white cranberry juice will add some sweetness.
3. Shake, shake, shake. The more you shake, the more the ice will beat up and mix the ingredients.
4. Pour out your ingredients into your favorite glass. Initially, I put the cocktail in a mule mug, and it was delicious. The mug kept the drink frosty, and it just felt very festive. However, I moved it into a juice glass to get a better photo.
5. Garnish your drink with a candied sage leaf and three candied cranberries.
6. Enjoy. This drink is so delicious and festive. I have no doubt you and your crowd will enjoy it.
If you use this recipe, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!