Finding a recipe for a good holiday cocktail is easy around this time of year.
But this recipe is a little bit different and that’s why we like it so much!
With cranberry juice and orange juice as the main ingredients, it screams ‘The Holidays are here!’
Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz
Do you tend to choose the same drink when you go to a party, or out to dinner? I know I do.
But, it’s funny how that drink tends to change depending on the season, or even on the place and situation you’re in.
Like, if my husband and I go out for a nice dinner, then a glass of wine is what I’m in the mood for.
If we go to our neighborhood pub to sing karaoke, then beer is usually the drink of choice.
The perfect holiday cocktail
It’s usually around the holidays that I like to go out of my comfort zone and try a unique cocktail.
I scanned Pinterest for a perfect holiday cocktail to write about!
Many of them were apple flavored.
But I’m not a big fan of the flavor of apple and alcohol together.
A lot of the drink ideas were almost dessert-like.
Again, they’re probably delicious but we eat enough during the holidays.
So, we don’t need a milkshake cocktail to wash it all down!
And then I found it!
In my opinion, the PERFECT holiday cocktail!
OneSweetMess.com is the great site I found it on!
I did change it up just a bit – I used plain ginger ale instead of Cranberry flavored Sprite because I didn’t want it to be too sweet.
Of course, if you like it a little sweeter then use Cranberry Sprite!
Here is the printable recipe!
Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz Recipe With Thyme
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- crushed ice
- Add gin, Triple Sec, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the thyme to release the essential oils.
- Add cranberry juice, orange juice, and a handful of crushed ice to the cocktail shaker. Give the mixture a few good shakes.
- Pour into preferred glass and top with gingerale.
Muddle the Thyme
That makes me think I’m wasting my time. Ha ha!
But in all seriousness, this is a crucial step to adding in that extra flavor to your holiday cocktail.
When it says to “muddle the thyme” it means you need to press it and crush it so you can bring out the flavor of it.
Pam actually made a little video about muddling mint.
The same technique applies for muddling thyme.
Just don’t put a ton of sugar in the glass because the sweetness from the juices will be plenty of sugar already.
There are official bar tools that are made specifically for muddling, called a muddling tool or cocktail muddler.
They’re very inexpensive and can be found on Amazon!
Here’s a great Professional Drink Muddler that will do the trick for muddling any herb for cocktails.
How our holiday cocktail tastes
This Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme is really delicious!
It’s light, and has such a great combination of flavors.
To me, a gin fizz is the ideal cocktail of choice for the upcoming holidays!
It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway), please drink responsibly!
And, enjoy your families and friends this holiday season!
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