This drink tastes like the holidays. A simple syrup infused with allspice, cloves, fresh ginger, cinnamon and fresh cranberries give this drink it’s spiced cranberry flavor. It took six variations to come up with the end result. Luckily, I’m visiting my parents right now so I had plenty of adults to help me sample and offer feedback! 😉 Whether you are looking to add something new to your Thanksgiving cocktails or are entertaining for the upcoming Christmas season this festive and beautiful drink is sure to please. I hope you enjoy!
Spiced Cranberry Cocktail
Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup:
This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 12 whole allspice berries
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 – 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
Place water, sugar, allspice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon in a small saucepan.Bring to a simmer. As soon as the sugar has dissolved, add the cranberries.
Bring to a boil until the berries have popped. About 3 minutes.Remove from heat and allow to steep for one hour. Strain mixture through a fine sieve.Gently press with the back of a rubber spatula to get all the juices out.For the Cocktails:
For each drink:
- 1 oz Spiced Cranberry Syrup
- 2 oz Vodka
- 2 oz Club Soda
Pour the Spiced Cranberry syrup and vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Fill a lowball glass with ice. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and top with the Club Soda. If desired, garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of mint. If you like your drink a little sweeter you can add more of the cranberry syrup, 1/2 ounce of Triple Sec, or squeeze the juice from an orange wedge into it.
Holly Birich said:
sounds delish! I am going to try it 🙂
For the record- this is also amazing over a good vanilla iceceam. And if you leave out the vodka (increase the soda a little to compensate for ratio), it makes a “cocktail” the kids can enjoy too. =).
And, I meant just the syrup part poured over ice-cream. Lol. I’m also going to try the syrup on pancakes for Christmas breakfast- adds a festive touch.
I just made this this evening and was very pleased with it! I added more cloves, allspice berries and 2 cups of cranberries. I found it made for a more flavourful syrup. For a nice variation, I made ginger slush to serve with this and garnished with pears as well as the cranberries.
Nice!! Sounds delicious!! Thanks for trying it out and for the feedback! 🙂
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