This refreshing, seasonal, holiday cranberry gin cocktail is easy to make for your next gathering or party. Candied sage adds a festive flair and can be made a few days ahead.
Cranberry and gin pair extra nicely together.
While vodka and cranberry may be an old go-to, this gin cranberry cocktail with sage takes your holiday cocktail to the next level.
Inspired by a drink at Seasons 52, white cranberry juice allows the sparkly candied sage to glitter fully in the glass.
White cranberry juice is less tart than the red variety and blends oh-so-nicely with the subtle addition of sage.
I've muddled some un-candied sage in this version so the flavor shines through.
The garnish of candied sage adds a sparkle to this drink, no doubt my favorite part. No time to make candied sage, you say? Understood.
You can candy the sage up to 3 days before using, just store the leaves flat on a baking sheet in the fridge.
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Cranberry Sage Cocktail
- 4 ounces gin
- 8 ounces white cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 fresh sage leaves
- ¼ cup fresh cranberries divided
For candied sage
- 1 cup pure cane sugar divided
- ¼ cup water
- 8-10 fresh sage leaves
- To make candied sage, bring water and ½ cup sugar to a boil, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place remaining ½ cup sugar in a bowl. With a pastry brush, brush fresh sage leaves with sugar syrup and then sprinkle to coat sugar on leaves. Place leaves on an oiled wire rack to dry and harden (about 2 hours).
- When ready to make cocktail, in two glasses, fill half with ice cubes. Divide cranberries and add to glass.
- In a cocktail shaker, place the two sage leaves. Muddle. Fill half with ice cubes, add gin, white cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake!
- Pour mixture between both glasses and garnish with candied sage.