Craft Cocktails using Cranberry Shrub Syrups: Winter Series

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Mixology with Cranberry Shrubs

Mixology with Cranberry Shrubs

It’s that time of the year….cranberries, pumpkin, gløggs, toddies, hot chocolate and of course, champagne.  In keeping with the holiday “spirit”, here are some recipes for craft cocktails and mocktails using a Cranberry Thyme Shrub Syrup and/or a Cranberry Ginger Simple Syrup as the flavor enhancer.  If you want to make your own cranberry shrub syrups for these cocktails, see this post.

Cranberry Martini:

Yield: 1 martini

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Put martini glass in the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes.
  2. Just before serving, fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Pour in the vodka, vermouth and cranberry juice. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously up and down for about 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into the chilled glasses, dividing evenly.
  4. Garnish with either frozen cranberries and a lemon twist on a pick or candied ginger woven onto a pick
** For Pitcher Martinis:  For 4 Servings, use 1 cup gin, 1/2 cup cranberry syrup, 1/4 cup vermouth, 1/4 cup lime juice.

Cranberry Ginger Margarita:

Yield:  1 margarita

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila (avid margarita drinkers will swear by premium tequilas)
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Ginger Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. triple sec (or orange liqueur)
  • kosher salt for rimming the glass
  • Garnishes: thinly sliced limes, lime wedges or fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. Use one of the lime wedges to moisten the rim of the glass and then dip glass rim into some kosher salt spread out on a plate.
  2. Combine the tequila, cranberry syrup, lime juice and orange liqueur in a shaker with ice.  Shake rather vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into low tumblers filled with ice.

 ** For Pitcher Margaritas (4 margaritas):

  • 6 oz  premium tequila
  • 2 oz Cranberry Ginger syrup
  • 2 oz cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or Gran Gala)

Cranberry Ginger Tea:

yield: 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea bag (your favorite tea, but lemon ginger herbal tea works well)
  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 1/2 oz Cranberry Ginger Syrup
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • cinnamon stick for garnish

Directions:  

  1. Make your favorite cup of tea (black and green teas can take the strong flavors of cranberry, but an herbal lemon tea or a white tea will allow the cranberry syrup to shine more)
  2. Add cranberry ginger syrup to taste (about 3 Tbsp. works well), and the orange juice.  Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Crock Pot Cranberry Ginger Tea for Parties:

Yield:  8-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 6 bags of your favorite tea (black, green or herbal lemon-ginger tea)
  • 12 oz Cranberry Ginger Syrup
  • 2 large lemons, sliced
  • 8 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 cup rum (or vodka or gin)

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil on the stove top.  Place the tea bags in a 6 quart slow cooker (or crockpot) and pour the boiling water over tea bags.  Cover and let the mixture steep for 5-10 minutes (shorter for black teas and longer for herbal teas).
  2. Remove the tea bags and add cranberry syrup, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and dried cranberries, stirring just to combine. Cover and cook on a low heat setting for 5-8 hours (alternatively on high for 2-3 hours).  Add Rum in the last hour.
  3. Serve by ladling hot tea into cups and garnishing with a fresh lemon slice and/or a cinnamon stick.
  4. Can also be served chilled in a flute, topped off with a splash of sparkling wine.

Cranberry Thyme Sparkler:

Yield:  1 drink

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine the vodka, shrub syrup and lime juice in shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Pour over ice in a tall glass and top with sparkling cider.  Stir and enjoy.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries or apple slice if desired.

Cranberry Mocktails:

Most craft cocktails can easily turn into craft mocktails.

  1. For the Cranberry Hot Tea simply delete the rum.  For the chilled tea, replace the splash of sparkling wine with a splash of club soda or ginger beer.
  2. The Cranberry Sparkler is also adaptable into a mocktail…simply delete the vodka and the drink is still wonderful and refreshing.

These craft cocktails have all been happily tested in my home kitchen.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Craft Cocktails using Cranberry Shrub Syrups: Winter Series

  1. Connie Findley November 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m excited to try the Cranberry Thyme Sparkler! Thanks for the ideas.

    • dorothy stainbrook November 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      It’s one of my favorites Connie. We just did one with a smoked cherry base that is really good with bourbon for the imbibers.

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