Mid-Week Mixers: Cranberry Christmas Punch

November 20, 2013 Mid-Week Mixers 1

cranberry punchYep, Christmas is just around the corner and who doesn’t love a good drink to celebrate the season! What’s your go-to drink for the holidays?

Naomi says: I had stumbled upon a recipe for a Christmas gin drink on Pinterest and thought it looked interesting. Now, we are not huge gin drinkers in the Blackburn house so when I made the drink, the gin flavoring was overpowering to me, but I knew that it had potential if I adjusted the flavorings a bit. I set off on Thanksgiving day to see what I could do. My family thought this was definitely a winner!

So, here we go!

Ingredients:

Cranberry Simple Syrup
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries

Drink
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 orange, cut into slices
1 1/2 cups HIGH QUALITY dry gin, such as Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tangueray
4 cups chilled Ginger Ale

Directions:
1) In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine syrup and water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and stir constantly until berries start to burst. I think mine took about 7 minutes to get them to where I wanted. Set aside.
2) In a pitcher or a punch bowl, muddle the lemon and orange. Add the gin and muddle a bit more. Add the Cranberry Simple Syrup and stir.
3) Add the Ginger Ale and ice. Stir and serve immediately. Be sure to add some of the fruits and garnish with additional lemon or orange slices.  It really adds to the prettiness and flavoring!

Adapted: Creative Culinary

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