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Make your own Christmas cranberry gin

This Christmas cranberry gin recipe makes a wonderful winter drink and a great homemade gift for gin lovers.

This cranberry gin is the colour of a Christmas tree bauble, fruity, warming and smelling like Christmas. It’s easy to make yourself and makes a great change from traditional festive favourites.

How to make Christmas Cranberry Gin

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients.

cranberry gin ingredients

You will need:

200g cranberries.

1 orange.

200g caster sugar.

A Kilner jar or other sealed glass container.

500ml gin. (We recommend something with festive botanicals like Edinburgh Christmas Gin or Sacred.)

Wash your kilner jar then sterilise it in the oven at 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1 for an hour or through the hot wash cycle in a dishwasher.

Step 2. Prepare your fruit.

Prick the cranberries with a toothpick or a fork. This will let the juice run out and helps the flavours infuse. Add the cranberries to the kilner jar.

Zest the orange peel and add to the jar. You could also use clementine peel.

Step 3. Gin o’clock!

Make your own cranberry gin step 3

Mix the sugar and gin together. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over the fruit.

Step 4. Wait.

cranberry gin in a kilner jar

Seal the lid of the jar and give the mixture a shake to get it going. Leave in a dark, cool place for at least 2 weeks, shaking occasionally.

The gin should slowly turn a beautiful deep red colour. You can leave the cranberries in for up to 6 months but it should be ready to drink after 2 weeks.

Before serving make sure to strain the gin to remove any orange zest.

Step 5. Serve.

cranberry advent gin cocktail

Because it is sweeter and fruitier than regular gin this cranberry gin works well served neat over ice. It’s also delicious mixed with soda, tonic or even ginger ale to create a very warming winter tipple. If you really want to show it off though, you need to try a cranberry advent.

To make a cranberry advent shake the following ingredients over ice and serve in a martini glass.

2 measures cranberry.

1 measure cranberry syrup. (you can buy this or make it yourself by making a simple syrup but substituting 1/3 of the sugar for fresh cranberries.)

1/2 measure triple sec.

A spoonful of marmalade.

A dash of orange bitters.

So, really easy and really christmassy. Don't wait, pick up a bottle of Sacred Gin and start making yours today.

Make your own Christmas cranberry gin

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