It is still cranberry season, and it would not be fair of me not to share this cranberry gin along with a 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 gin as well as vodka using fruit or herbs.  I played around and came up with this lovely Cranberry Gin Blush Cocktail.  It would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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 Valentine’s Day.  Oh, did I mention, I am in the mood to do girly things for Valentine’s 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 about 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.

 

Cranberry Gin Blush Cocktail

** makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

2 ounces cranberry gin

1 ounce st. germain

4 dashes rhubarb bitters

4 ounces bitter lemon (we like to use Fever Tree)

ice cubes

How To:

In a stirring beaker add the ice cubes, gin, st. germain and bitters.

Stir.

Strain into a pretty glass.

Top off with bitter lemon.

Serve.

Drink.

 

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