This is a fantastically easy way of making a great homemade gift for gin lovers, or yourself! It has a gorgeous, christmassy colour and tastes fruity, refreshing and slightly sweet - perfect for cold winter nights.
Plus, once it’s ready you can make Cranberry Advent cocktails (recipe below), mmmmm...
INGREDIENTS & EQUIPMENT
1 Tupperware tub/ glass jar
200g Cranberries (or enough to fill about a quarter of the jar/tub you’re using)
Zest of 1 Orange or Clementine
1 large spoonful Caster Sugar (helps break down the fruit - use a small spoonful if making half a bottle, you’ll never need more though, even if you make a barrelful!)
500ml gin - we recommend something with festive botanicals like Sacred (or enough to fill the jar/tub you’re using)
Sterilise* your tub/jar and glass bottle (or run them through the dishwasher - hot cycle).
Depending on time you can either prick the cranberries with a toothpick or fork or freeze them for two days to simulate the first frost and split the skins so the juice runs out. Then pop them into your tub/jar along with the orange zest. Mix the sugar and gin in a jug and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved then pour over the cranberries. Ta da!
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, (a cupboard works well) and shake the mixture every other day. 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. A few days before you plan to drink/give as a gift, have a taste - if you want it a bit sweeter make a simple sugar syrup by mixing equal parts boiling water and sugar and add until you are happy. Pour into your bottle (using a sieve to remove the orange zest) and voila!
*You can find steriliser for your container at any supermarket.
Cranberry gin works beautifully served neat over ice. If you really want to show it off though, you have got to try a Cranberry Advent.
Shake together over ice*:
2 parts* Cranberry Juice
1 part 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
½ part Triple Sec
A spoonful of Marmalade
A dash of orange bitters
Strain into a chilled glass and serve.
So, easy and so christmassy. Pick up a bottle of Sacred Gin and start making yours today!
*Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.
If you don’t have a cocktail set you can shake the ingredients together in a pint glass using your hand or anything flat to seal the top and then strain through a sieve.
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