I added homemade cranberry syrup to the classic G&T and the results were pretty outstanding. I don’t know what it is about gin that makes it such a suitable spirit during the holidays. Maybe because it kind of tastes like pine trees? I, for one, enjoy having spruce breath and plan on subjecting my dear friends and loved ones to it with gusto.
6 oz gin
2 cups tonic water (I do half tonic water, half club soda)
1/4 cup cranberry syrup (recipe and directions below)
Mix ingredients and pour over ice. Serves 4
Cranberry syrup recipe:
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Put cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat. Let berry mixture cool for about 10-15 minutes. Strain berries over a small bowl for your simple syrup.
Other holiday/winter-y cocktails:
Orange Salted Caramel Margaritas (and Cranberry Mojitos!)