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Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

by Barbara Kiebel on November 11, 2011

I spied the original version of this cocktail in Bon Appetit magazine when I received their October issue in September of this year. Though clearly a fall cocktail, at that time we were having a hot streak and the notion of fall or cranberries seemed in the distant future. Fast forward and suddenly 95 degrees would require that we combine our daytime and nighttime temperatures and add some to boot! We’ve had two big snowfalls in Denver and nothing says fall quite like leaves and snow falling at the same time!

I can’t deny I have a strong proclivity to almost anything cranberry. Maybe it was the year I discovered them after a childhood of associating cranberry sauce with a cylindrical form with ring marks embedded in the shape. I HATED that stuff; ergo I hated all things cranberry by association. Luckily I politely tried some fresh cranberry sauce at a friends once; everything changed and now this time each season I look forward to seeing what can be done with these pretties.

This cocktail is not just pretty. Though I do love the festive look that can take us from the day after Halloween all the way to the end of the year, it’s the combination of ingredients that make it spectacular. Cranberry, citrus, ginger ale and, or course, gin all meld together to offer a crisp, not too sweet and altogether refreshing cocktail.

I freely admit I’m a Costcoaholic and buying a bag of cranberries means I have to design several uses. I often have them steeping in a pot on the stove with some cinnamon and orange zest; I love having my home scented for the holidays with something other than a room spray. I also love to decorate my holiday tables with them in bowls of water with floating candles. They float and surround the candles and it makes for a natural and beautiful table decoration.

But you really don’t care about my holiday decor, right? It’s all about the beverage! Beyond the berries, the lemons and orange slices, I think it’s important to use a good quality gin as well as a quality ginger ale. I used Bombay Sapphire gin, it’s my go to gin for cocktails and I’ve also become hooked on Boylan Ginger Ale which I’ve been getting at World Market; a very ginger ale it is!The original recipe called for adding sherry but I substituted ginger ale and it’s perfect…just that little bit of fizz adds a welcome element. But you know what’s important that is probably not often considered for cocktail success? Ice. When my ice maker went on the fritz; I recalled seeing that the local Sonic drive-in sold ice. I bought some to use until my ice maker was repaired and now I can’t stop. I just love the small round pellets that are so crunchable. For this cocktail that requires you mound some ice on top, it’s especially perfect!

I hope you’ll join me and make this drink for the holidays. It’s not just a pretty face. Cheers!

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 4 cocktails

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

A gorgeous cocktail for the holidays and beyond!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 1/2 cups dry gin - Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tangueray suggested
  • 1 cup chilled Ginger Ale
  • 4 mint springs

Preparation

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; pour off all but one cup of syrup, reserving any extra for another use.
  2. Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool in syrup.
  3. Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.
  4. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.
  5. Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Strain into a medium pitcher.
  7. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and 1/4 cup ginger ale.
  8. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat.
  9. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprig
http://www.creative-culinary.com/cranberry-ginger-fizz-cocktail/

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1 Jerry November 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Has anyone tried this without the gin and with a quality ginger “beer” for a more robust ginger flavor? We have forsworn alcohol for the holidays, but are looking for good drinks to incorporate in our celebration.
Thanks for any input.
Jerry

I should have spent some time reading the 115 comments before I leaped. All good inputs.

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2 Jerry November 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Has anyone tried this without the gin and with a quality ginger “beer” for a more robust ginger flavor? We have forsworn alcohol for the holidays, but are looking for good drinks to incorporate in our celebration.
Thanks for any input.
Jerry

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3 Creative Culinary November 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I have mentioned to someone wanting a non alcohol version that they could just up the ginger ale but the ginger beer is a great idea Jerry; I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it would be perfect.

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4 Melissa November 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm

This looks yummy! I would love to try it for Thanksgiving but serve it pitcher style. Ice bucket on the side. Would it be alright to double the recipe, prep an hour before company arrives, then let sit for company to fix at their leisure? Or does it need to be served immediately?

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5 Creative Culinary November 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I would suggest that you can do exactly as you suggested except for one thing; if you can hold off on adding the ginger ale until your company is due to arrive it would be best. It’s what provides the carbonation (the fizz in the name!) and I’m afraid it might go flat if it were sitting out for too long. Have everything else prepped and chilled and then add the ginger ale as late as possible and I think it would be great. It’s a great drink…so hope you and your company enjoy it!

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6 Melissa November 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thank you!

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7 vanderleia January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

maravilhosos

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8 Pattie December 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

is there a substitution for the gin? to make it a mocktail

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9 Creative Culinary December 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I would make it simple and just eliminate it and add a bit more ginger ale. If you didn’t want the additional ginger element; then maybe a bit of either cranberry juice or some club soda? I think any of those would make it a great mocktail! Let me know if you do something and if you like the results, OK?

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10 Kristen December 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This is the prettiest cocktail, ever. Wow. I can’t wait to try it!
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11 Creative Culinary December 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

We just love it; not a heavy and overly boozy cocktail, it sings with the combination of the cranberry and ginger ale and it’s just the perfect look. Hope you love it too…you can comment again!!

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12 Eva December 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hi, love your drink idea and will definately be trying this on Christmas day.
I included it in my blog today, with credit to you ofcourse. Hope that is ok
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13 Creative Culinary December 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Eva…we do love it too!

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14 cynthia jackson November 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

The cranberry fizz cocktail sounds delicous minus the alcohol for me plz :)

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15 Creative Culinary November 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’ve done those for friends Cynthia…still a very refreshing and beautiful drink!

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16 Suzie DeMarco November 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Just pinned this beautiful cocktail and the photography is great! Are the glasses yours and if so do you recall were you purchased them? Just perfect!

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17 Creative Culinary November 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Suzie, the glasses are mine but were a gift almost 30 years ago…so I have no idea where they came from! They are a favorite I won’t deny and sure wish I could help. The cocktail is really good too…and as you can see, so perfect for a holiday cocktail. Enjoy!

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18 Suzie DeMarco November 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for responding so quickly. I’ll be on the lookout for something similar. Love your site!

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19 Creative Culinary November 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thank you Suzie…those words literally are music to my ears.

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20 Kristen October 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This one is such a beauty!
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21 Creative Culinary October 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

One of those photos that turned out just as I had hoped…so thanks! An all time favorite on the blog too. I LOVE cranberries so much; am thinking now what to do for this season. There will be sugared cranberries for a garnish…that is the one thing I do know!

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22 Kristen December 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hahaha – and I guess I thought so before too ;)
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23 Renee October 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Not sure if anyone else has suggested it yet, but since you live in the Denver area, try Cap Rock gin. It’s the best gin I’ve had and local (as well as organic) to boot!

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24 Amanda October 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

So – I must have missed this one! Once again I’ll face the problem of no fresh or frozen cranberries here in the Wide Brown Land, but I still think I can work this for Christmas. Pinning now, thanks!
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25 Liza@cheap floating candles August 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

This cocktail looks good as well as tests good. I just love it.

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26 holiday cocktail recipes July 17, 2012 at 4:35 am

Something with a little spirit to get you through all the family events and office parties.

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27 Terra Palmer December 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

We posted your festive drink and your BLOG on our website. I hope it brings you new followings to your website that we think is fabulous!!! have a Merry Christmas!!
Terra of Tutudivine.com

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28 Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thank you…it has been the perfect holiday cocktail!

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29 Carrie December 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

I made these for a family Christmas celebration. I’m always in charge of bringing a cocktail, and these were a huge hit!..Sonic ice and all! I did sub vodka for gin as I’m not a gin drinker and didn’t want to have any left over. But it turns out that we loved these so much that I wouldn’t have had to worry about that b/c in the end we ran out of vodka. I’m happy to say that they looked just as lovely as in your pictures.

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30 Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

So glad you loved the cocktail too and it was such a success for you. Vodka…absolutely! Or guess I should say Absolut!

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31 Julie December 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

What kind of ice maker do you have to make that kind of ice? I have been looking for a ‘crushed’ ice maker- but the size you have in the pictures looks perfect. Love the recipe and the site- thanks!

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32 Creative Culinary December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

Julie, I have no idea what kind it is because mine is broken and I have become totally addicted to ice from the local Sonic Drive In; they sell their ice by the bag and I love it so much I’ve not considered getting my ice maker repaired. They are right next to the bank I use for business so very convenient to pick up a bag every week. I should probably get my icemaker fixed but not sure if that is smart because I know I’ll still want an ice bin filled with these perfect cubes!

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33 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I think I sent you a personal response but thought I would answer here too! I go to Sonic Drive In for my ice. My ice maker broke, I saw they sold bags of ice and now I don’t want to get it repaired cause I love their ice better than what my ice maker produces. So for me? Sonic it is.

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34 Alannah December 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

This was so much sticky work, and not at all worth it. It was too sweet, which was worsened by the ginger ale, and the cranberry flavor lost its tartness to the sugary syrup. We switched from ginger ale to club soda to kick a bit of the sweetness, but eventually were adding cranberry juice to get some of the tartness back. This really begged for a gingery kick– something more like a ginger syrup.

Ounce measurements are much more useful to drink recipes, but that’s mainly the fault of the Bon Appetit original.

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35 Creative Culinary December 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I didn’t experience that at all but it was important to use a good gingery ale which I suggested. Most grocery brands are almost like 7-up and way too sweet. Sorry it didn’t work out for you.

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36 Tammy December 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

Can I leave out the gin? What can I use to substitute the gin?

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37 Creative Culinary December 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Leave out all alcohol or need a substitute for the gin? If subbing the gin, vodka would also be good. If leaving out entirely then I would just add a bit more ginger ale to the other ingredients.

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38 Tory December 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

What’s also good, if you just take the syrup, crush all the berries and spread over vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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39 Creative Culinary December 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

Agreed! I saves the berries I used for making cranberry liqueur and did the same thing.

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40 Sara December 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Tried this recipe last night and it is delicious!!! Not too sweet and has a great taste. But watch out…the flavors disguise the alcohol so enjoy slowly! ;) I will definitely be making this again.

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41 Danielle December 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

GORGEOUS!!! Can’t wait to make these for Christmas!

Question: where did you get your silver coasters?

Thanks!

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42 Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

You’re in luck because I just recently purchased those coasters online through Pottery Barn. They have a whole line of antique looking serverware; I got these, an ice scoop and a set of salt and pepper shakers.

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43 Rachel November 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hi,
I have a question: Would it taste okay if I were to let the gin and cranberry mixture steep over night in my fridge? I am trying to make this drink in advance.
Thanks!

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44 Creative Culinary November 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

So sorry I got to this late…hope you did it because I think everything is doable ahead of time except for adding the ginger ale. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

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45 Maria November 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

This drink looks divine! Would it be terrible to replace the gin with vodka? Has anyone tried that? I will be making this for Thanksgiving!

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46 Creative Culinary November 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I would have no problem switching those two out Maria; I haven’t done it but would if I didn’t have gin in the house.

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47 martine November 20, 2011 at 5:08 am

Hello,
I would like – maybe – to give your recipie with picture on my blog…Is it Ok for you ?
If yes could you you tell me the photo credit/name of photographer of your Cranberry Ginger Fiiz Cocktail ?
Tahnk you and happy sunday ! Martine;

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48 Creative Culinary November 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I appreciate your asking Martine…enjoy.

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49 Robyn B November 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Love this found the picture on Pinterest was intrigued and now I am going to make it for Thanksgiving!

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50 Creative Culinary November 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I hope you enjoy it; it’s a great refreshing cocktail; glad you found me!

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51 Lara Kate November 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Wow! I love this. It is perfect for my Christmas party coming up, but I made a mini batch today and loved it. Thank you. I have to ask, how do you get that kind of ice? It looks like the ice from some restaurants, but is it possible to have at home, too? (Thanks in advance.)

I found you from Pinterest, but I have bookmarked your site and will be back frequently!

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52 Creative Culinary November 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

They really are good aren’t they Lara…not just a pretty face is right huh?

Funny story. My ice maker went on the fritz so I started buying bags of ice from Sonic; they sell them for about $2/bag. I love it so much I never got the icemaker fixed. So if you have a Sonic drivein in your neck of the woods; that’s their ice. One caution? It’s little and starts to melt fast so I keep a cooler in my car for my ice runs. Regular ice would never present so well but if you are stuck with it I just wouldn’t pile any up on top I guess?

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53 Lara Kate November 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

THANK YOU ever so much. There is a Sonic not too far from here but getting ice will make it a priority to get there.
Thanks again and all the very best to you.

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54 Creative Culinary November 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

You too Lara; if you make the cocktail, take a photo for me; would love to see it.

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55 a spoonful of yumm November 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

looks so colorful and refreshing
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56 Carolyn November 16, 2011 at 4:56 am

Love this one! So perfect for the holidays.
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57 Creative Culinary November 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks Carolyn, I couldn’t agree more and I’ve actually had one!

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58 Jen Schall November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Ooh, I love all things cranberry… This cocktail sounds so refreshing!
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59 Creative Culinary November 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thanks Jen. I’m in the process of making cranberry liqueur right now. If you love cranberry you should try it; so good and a bonus? So pretty too.

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60 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 12:10 am

They should just ban that awful jelly in the can, I can see why people would hate cranberries after eating that. I’ve got to check out the Boylan Ginger Ale you mentioned, I love everything gingery, the stringer the better.
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61 Creative Culinary November 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

Aw Sylvie, a woman after my own heart….it is horrid stuff isn’t it. I’m trying to think but just can’t recall the brand they said is most often bought…but I’ve been using Boylan and am happy with it; it’s certainly far beyond the grocery store brands; that’s all I know. Would certainly recommend it’s worth your trying.

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62 Jennifer November 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hi! Gorgeous drink. Someone is taking your content – thought you might like to know. Not this post & there may be others but this is your picture & recipe reposted from one of your soups.

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You can report them by clicking on “Report Page” on the lower left of their main wall, or by filling in this page:

http://www.facebook.com/legal/copyright.php Don’t bother trying to reason with her, she doesn’t think she is doing anything wrong.

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63 Lisa~~ November 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

Your drink and pictures are gorgeous!
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64 Creative Culinary November 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thanks…appreciate the sweet comment!

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65 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

i want one now

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66 Creative Culinary November 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Doggone it…I could use one now too but am already ensconced in my bedroom. The comfort of being cozy tonight wins!

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67 MikeVFMK November 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Love Friday and cocktails. Heck, all weekend. This looks amazing, Barb. I love seasonal drinks and this looks like it tastes incredible. Perfect for the holidays! Beautiful.

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68 Creative Culinary November 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Thanks much Mike; I’ve come to really enjoy these posts; nice that there is no limit to cocktails to be made. Or to be drunk. :)

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69 Cookin' Canuck November 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

It is definitely all about the beverage with this cocktail, Barb. This is perfect for the holidays. I have a strong affinity for all-things cranberry and ginger, so this sounds so good to me.
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70 Creative Culinary November 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Then you would love this cocktail Dara. The original recipe called for sherry and that didn’t even sound good; it’s perfect with ginger ale.

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71 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Yum Barb!! I need to make this right away. Your photos are GORG!!

xoxo
Heather
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72 Creative Culinary November 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Heather…sometimes they come together and sometimes I need a drink when I’m done…this was nice. I had both. :)

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73 Questa Knapper November 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

That looks heavenly… Another use for fresh cranberries… Dip them (quickly) in melted white chocolate/almond bark or dark chocolate… Tart and sweet and crisp little bite… Yummy.. They are a staple within my cookie plates and given in a little tin within a gift basket… :D

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74 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

On my…I know I’ll love these and you are so right…all of my holiday gifts are homemade goodies; these would be a perfect addition. Thanks!

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75 Shelby November 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

sounds like a wonderful cocktail and what gorgeous photos!
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76 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thank you so much Shelby; compliments on my photos mean the world to me. I’m a cook who is trying to learn this whole photography business. Completely self taught, it’s a long road so when I get a good review; well, you’ve made my day!

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77 Lindsay @ Rosemarried November 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Have I told you that I love your blog? I really do. I love anyone who loves a good cocktail. I aspire to post more cocktails on my blog, but I find that I drink them before I photograph them. Oh well? In any case, this looks season and perfect. I will be drinking this beverage shortly…I am so glad you shared!
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78 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

Well, you have not so thank you so much Lindsay…you’ve made my day! When you do get one made, be sure to add it to my blog; I post a cocktail and that link tool every Friday; you can add a cocktail or an appetizer when you have one. Old or new I don’t care!

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79 Lora @cakeduchess November 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I do want to hear about your fun holiday decor and I bet your house smells wonderful! Another fantastic cocktail. I am going to have a holiday get together just so I can make this drink:)
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80 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

You are too cute. I actually have some tall cylindrical glass holders. Three different sizes. I put cranberries in each one with water and a floating round candle and then tie a decorative bow around each. That the cranberries float is what makes it so pretty and that they are bornn into water is nice too…they stay for quite awhile. I just rinse them off and put in fresh water every couple of days. That’s my centerpiece!

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81 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

What a beautiful cocktail, Barbara!
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82 Lynda November 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I love cranberries, too! This drink is so pretty and perfect for the holidays.

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83 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks…I admit I’ve become somewhat of a cranberryaholic too. I just can’t get enough of them and am sad when the season is over.

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84 Priscilla - She's Cookin' November 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Cheers to the weekend, Barb! I love the fresh flavors and color of this cocktail and can just imagine how refreshing it tastes :) And the ice pellets and cranberry garnish, definitely, the crowning touch.
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85 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Those little candied berries for garnish…they are most definitely a treat. I’m making cranberry liqueur now too; talk about great berries…the chopped berries that are strained out are NOT pitched…they are soooo good, those little vodka soaked gems.

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86 Amy Bellgardt November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Uh, yum!

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87 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

Sometimes that’s exactly how I feel. Uh, yum. Perfect.

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88 Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I bought a bag of fresh cranberries today–my 1st ever (well, if you don’t count the bag I bought last year, forgot about, and they rotted before I could use them). They are destined for this recipe. Thanks!
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89 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

You must try making your own cranberry sauce too Carrie; it’s so easy and so beyond better than anything you can buy.

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90 Feast on the Cheap November 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

This looks so refreshing and I bet it tastes almost as good “virgin”
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91 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

I know it would. You can tell the gin is there but it’s so subtle, I would serve this ‘virgin’ in a heartbeat and it would still be great.

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92 Paula November 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Ron was just getting ready to take Max for a walk and I had to call him over to look at the picture of your cocktail. We both agree it is absolutely stunning! What a lovely holiday drink and so pretty and full of good cheer (no pun intended, I meant the look of it makes me smile).

By the way, I love hearing about your holiday decorations and the floating candles with cranberries is a new and lovely idea I just may use ;)
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93 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

Well, thank you…and thank Ron. It is full of good cheer and cheers to you Paula. And Ron. :)

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94 Donna November 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

This reminds me that I need to buy cranberries. And sugar. And a big jug of vodka.
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95 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

Been there…mine are brewing now; easiest doggone thing in the world AND I love the leftover vodka soaked cranberries.

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96 Kristina @ spabettie November 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

stunning photos! this sounds refreshing and tasty.
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97 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks Kristina…you know how sometimes you know yourself that one is good? I just loved the results of this effort too; it so catches how this cocktail tastes!

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98 Jenny (VintageSugarcube) November 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

That bevvy looks perrrfect! Your pic grabbed me and pulled me in. :)
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99 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

Well, glad to have you come visit Jenny. I do a new cocktail every Friday; so hope you’ll come back! Cheers.

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100 Nancy@acommunaltable November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

This is definitely a cocktail that I would enjoy!! Too funny about the ice – at work we have an ice maker that makes those small pellets and despite having rooms of appliances guess which one gets the most attention? The Ice Maker!!!
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101 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have even gone so far as to calculate whether it’s worth getting the ice maker fixed. 18 year old fridge + $2/bag for ice X how many years the fridge will last = is the ice maker worth spending money on for repair? Yes, I love this ice a lot!

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102 Tickled Red November 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

I missed the past couple of Happy Hours and I’m not missing this one! YUMMY cocktail, and I love the colors. Picking up gin on my way home tonight from work ;D xoxo
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103 Creative Culinary November 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

You missed them? Oh no…of all the things NOT to be missed are the cocktails girl!

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104 Deeba November 11, 2011 at 7:48 am

I was impatiently waiting for your Friday guzzle…as I had one to share with you! If I lived in cranberry country, I would be stirring this beauty now!! It’s gorgeous Barbara!! {I’ve added my orange zinger to the linky}
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105 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks so much for participating Deeba and don’t forget, appetizers are welcome too…hope to see you for our Friday cheer on a regular basis; wish we could clink glasses for real!

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106 Karen Harris November 11, 2011 at 7:41 am

What a beautiful cocktail. Such a gorgeous color. I used to always associate cranberries with bladder infections (I know, TMI, but you know me) so I wasn’t a big cranberry lover until I discovered fresh berries too. I have to admit that I always have the jellied stuff to slice and put on leftover turkey sandwiches. Childhood memories you know.
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107 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thank you my dear…we’ll have to share one together. I added a list of links to some of my fave cranberry recipes this morning…the sandwich with cranberry sauce is one of my favorites too.

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108 Kelley {mountain mama cooks} November 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

I, too, love just about anything cranberry. These just might be making an appearance at our thanksgiving table! Cheers!
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109 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

I added a couple of my favorite cranberry recipes to the post as an afterthought…and now I want everything…but I have to admit, the sandwich the day after Thanksgiving is what I crave way more than the turkey. Turkey, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, sprouts and sunflower seeds. Wish I had one now!

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110 Bunkycooks November 11, 2011 at 6:49 am

What a great cocktail! I love the flavors in this drink and it is perfect for a holiday get-together. I will bookmark this one. :-)
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111 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

All I can say is EXACTLY…perfect holiday cocktail.

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112 angela@spinachtiger November 11, 2011 at 6:47 am

Just based on how pretty this cocktail is, I would be drinking a few. So festive.
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113 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

Remember, it’s not JUST a pretty face; though I admit, one of the prettiest I’ve ever made!

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114 Rosa November 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

Beautiful! That seasonal cocktail looks amazing.

Cheers,

Rosa

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115 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

Thanks Rosa…and cheers to you too!

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116 Boulder Locavore November 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

I’m with you completely on the cranberry thing. I also think frankly at this time of year everyone is dehydrated from over boozing and over caffienating and thus the refreshing zing of cranberries is very thirst quenching. I find pink to be a very appealing color in my food and drinks. There IS no happier looking cupcake than one with pink frosting, right? This drink just presents itself as a new holiday season best friend. Someone who will happily spend cocktail hour with you every night and you’ll never tire of their company. Love your refreshing addition of ginger ale. Can’t ever go wrong with that! Love this.
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117 Creative Culinary November 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’m hearing people who are committed to the canned stuff..sort of makes me cringe just thinking about it but for me it’s all texture. I’ve never much cared for jello…even if you add booze to it! This was most definitely a winner. And those little candied berries for garnish. Beyond edible.

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