Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

A simple gin cocktail for the holidays, made even easier with cranberry sauce!

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The holiday season is wonderful for so many reasons but I especially enjoy the parties and gatherings with friends. Maybe it’s because I’m a stay-at-home mom who rarely leaves the house past 7pm, and getting dressed up to sip cocktails with other adults feels like a luxury.

For nights when we can’t get out, I sometimes still like to pretend and make my husband and I something fancy to drink while we binge watch Netflix in our pajamas.

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail, perfect for the holidays! | completelydelicious.com

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail, perfect for the holidays! | completelydelicious.com

This is a super easy cocktail to prepare thanks to my secret ingredient— cranberry sauce. You’re likely to have some leftover this week, so why not turn it into a cocktail and toast the official arrival of the Christmas season? Use whatever cranberry sauce you have, homemade or store-bought.

There’s nothing fancy in this recipe, and I encourage you to not forgo the rosemary. It’s not just a pretty garnish! The herbal aroma your nose picks up with every sip really makes this simple cocktail shine.

Easy enough for a quiet night in, but plenty fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, this cocktail is a must this holiday season!

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Make it a mocktail

If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, simply leave out the gin and orange liqueur and muddle the cranberry sauce directly into the club soda or sparkling water. And if you want your drink a little sweeter, feel free to use lemon-lime soda.

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail, perfect for the holidays! | completelydelicious.com

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

A simple cocktail for the holidays, made easier with cranberry sauce! To make it a mocktail, simply leave out the gin and orange liqueur.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cranberry sauce
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) gin
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) orange liqueur, such as triple sec or cointreau
  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Orange slice, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the ice, cranberry sauce, gin and triple sec to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a tumbler class and top with club soda or sparkling water. Garnish with orange slice and rosemary sprig.
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