Last year, I made (and fell in love with) this cocktail recipe from A Cozy Kitchen, and this year I decided to go with the same basic idea but switch it up a bit.
Yield: 4 Cocktails
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fresh mint leaves (I used a lot because my leaves were smaller. Probably 5 stems’ worth of leaves.)
Fresh rosemary leaves – about 1/2 stem’s worth
Extra mint and rosemary for garnish
Start by adding the cranberries, sugar, water and lemon juice to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir continuously and make sure the heat isn’t too high. Let it bubble and cook down for about 10 minutes. Smash the cranberries with your spoon as they cook down. They’ll splatter if you’re not careful, so mind your berries!
Add the mint and rosemary to the mixture and stir around to release the aromatics of the herbs. (Note: play around with your mint to rosemary ratio to match your taste! I did about 2:1 mint to rosemary.) Cook for about 5 more minutes.
Use a sieve to strain the mixture and discard all the solid bits. Pour your mixture into a glass container for storage.
Now, let’s get to mixin’.
Put ice in a glass. Then add 1 ounce cranberry-mint-rosemary syrup and 2 ounces gin. Top with tonic. Garnish with mint and rosemary. Drink up!
This drink is one of my favorites for this time of year. It is so festive and refreshing! Let me know if you try this recipe, or tell me your favorite Christmas cocktail.