It is still cranberry season, and it would not be fair of me not to share cranberry gin and this recipe for a blush cocktail with you.  In the height of holiday planning, wrapping gifts, entertaining, and traveling, I got a wild whim to make cranberry gin.  I mean, why not add just one more thing to my to-do list.  I had seen a recipe floating around the Internet, and I was intrigued as I do love to flavor gins and vodkas with fruit or herbs.  Unfortunately, I could not find the recipe, and all I remember is that it was made with gin, cranberries and sugar.  So I winged it.

Cranberry Gin Blush Cocktail

The process is simple.  I took a bag of fresh cranberries (12 ounces) and lightly macerated them.  Then I divided them between two mason jars, which I filled with a bottle of gin (one bottle divides nicely between two large jars).  After putting the lid on (yes, I just told you to do that), I gave the jars a shake, shake, shake and slipped them into the freezer.  There they sat for two weeks.  Once the gin was a lovely shade of pink, I strained it through 2 layers of cheesecloth.  Re-bottled the gin into the original bottle;  did I forgot to mention, do not toss out the gin bottle!  Once the gin is re-bottled slip it back into the freezer to enjoy.  You may be wondering where the sugar gets added?  I did not want the gin to be overly sweet as I was planning to use it in cocktails, so I did not add any sugar.  The gin is perfect on its own over ice;  slightly tart (thank you cranberries) with a juniper berry undertone.  It just needs a little twist to complete this on the rocks beverage.  Very refreshing.

Now on to the cocktails ….  The obvious cocktail to make is a pink gin and tonic.  Or how about pink ramos fizzes;  perfect for a romantic breakfast in bed.  How about making your partner “blush” with this romantic cocktail.  I thought this would be perfect for Valentines’s Day.  Oh, did I mention, I am in the mood to do girly things for Valentines day this year.  I never do anything beyond a card and making a special dinner at home.  Sounds like any ole day doesn’t it?  I have been thinking traditions and romance a lot lately, and I confessed to Lenny, today, that he may be seeing some hearts floating around pre-February 14.

Blush cocktail is a romantic and whimsically cocktail made with cranberry gin, St. Germain, Bitter Lemon and rhubarb bitters, and it will definitely put you in the mood for love.

Happy pre-Valentine’s Day!


**  after searching online for cranberry gin, I moved onto “pink gin” which opened another cocktail door.  There is such a thing as pink gin, and it is a cocktail that was made fashionable by the British and is basically gin with a dash of pink Angostura bitters with a little lemon rind as a garnish.  Served simply in a chilled glass.  Cannot wait to venture deeper into the history of pink gin.




Recipe:  Cranberry Gin Blush Cocktail


  • 2 ounces cranberry gin
  • 1 ounces st. germain
  • 4 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • 4 ounces bitter lemon (we like to use Fever Tree)
  • ice cubes

How To:

  1. In a stirring beaker add the ice cubes, gin, st. germain and bitters.
  2. Stir.
  3. Strain into a pretty glass.
  4. Top off with bitter lemon.
  5. Serve.
  6. Drink.