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thirsty thursdays: cranberry honey mint cocktail

Posted on October 27th, 2011  |  2 Comments

I know what you’re thinking….  it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a thirsty Thursday recipe.

What on earth have you been drinking in my absence?

I’ve been drinking boring things, like beer. Hey, it’s football season and I found a brewery down the street. <—Uh oh.

But it’s also holiday season and that means fun recipes to share with families and friends! Love this time of year! That’s why I had to get out of my Saturday beer rut and kick back on Thursday with some festive cranberries.

and oranges.

and mint.

 I muddled the oranges and mint together like it was a mojito, cause this drink is pretty much a gin mojito (and therefore AMAZING!!)

Then goes in the cranberry “syrup,” cranberries and all. I added the gin and let the flavors infuse for a few minutes.

Then goes in the ice and top ‘er off with club soda.

Pretty huh? Don’t forget to give it a good toss back ‘n forth with another glass. It gets prettier!

This cocktail was perfect! Not to strong, great flavor but not too sweet ‘n fruity, just right. Just in time for the holidays!

So next time you’re feeling overworked, stressed, wigged out, take 10 minutes and make yourself one of these. The taste will give you all the satisfaction you need!

Happy Thursday!



cranberry honey mint cocktail inspired by this recipe from bonappetit.com

cranberry syrup makes 4 servings

1 c. frozen cranberries

1/2 c. water

1 heaping spoon of honey (or you can use ~2 Tbsp sugar)

For each drink:

8 mint leaves

1/4 orange, sliced

2 Tbsp cranberry syrup

1 1/2 ounces gin

club soda

1. For the syrup, just bring everything to a bubble and reduce heat to medium low for 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. (you can put this in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process.)

2. Muddle the mint and orange slices together until you’ve squeezed all the juice out of the oranges, about 30 seconds.

3. Add the cranberry syrup, and gin, let this sit for 3-5 minutes.

4. Add ice and top it off with club soda.

5. Mix by pouring into another cup and back again.

Serve cold. Enjoy!

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2 Responses

  1. Lauren says:

    It’s so pretty- and looks Christmas-y and summer-y at the same time…
    Think you could sub vodka (or rum or tequila) for gin? I’m not a gin fan.

  2. you could def substitute vodka, that would be amazing! or white rum could work fine, tequila I’m not sure but why not, I once had it with kiwi and it was really good! Enjoy!

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