However you give thanks this year, make sure this holiday cranberry cocktail in a part of your plans. This is an elegant yet simple drink called a French 75 that won’t break the bar. Hendricks gin, cranberry simple syrup, champagne, and Heinen’s Black Cherry Sparkling Water make this a great cocktail for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The best part about this cocktail is it looks very impressive but can be made in a pinch. Simply grab a shaker, or two glasses of similar size, fill with ice and gin, add the cranberry simple syrup and some lemon juice and seal, shake and strain.
All that’s left to do is pour it into a champagne flute, if going the traditional route, or into a chilled glass and top with champagne and Heinen’s Black Cherry Sparkling Water. I also like to add a lemon rind and a couple frozen cranberries for garnish and aromatics.
For the Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
For the Cocktail
- 1 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
- ½ oz. cranberry simple syrup (see above)
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz. champagne
- Heinen’s Black Cherry Sparkling Water
- For the simple syrup, bring a pot of the water, sugar, and cranberries to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until the cranberries are soft. Strain over a container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
- Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice and add the gin, lemon juice and cranberry simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. I like to put my glasses in the freezer to chill while I make the simple syrup.
- Top with champagne and Heinen’s Black Cherry Sparkling Water.
- For a little extra flare, peel some of the lemon rind off and add it to the cocktail along with some frozen or fresh cranberries. This adds aromatics and more visual appeal to the drink.