The holiday season is wonderful for so many reasons but I especially enjoy the parties and gatherings with friends. Maybe it’s because I'm a homebody who rarely leaves the house past 9pm, and getting dressed up to sip cocktails with friends feels like a luxury.
For nights when we can’t get out, I sometimes still like to pretend and make my husband and I something fancy to drink while we binge watch Netflix in our pajamas.
This is a super easy cocktail to prepare thanks to my secret ingredient— cranberry sauce. You’re likely to be able to find this very easily this time of year.
There’s nothing fancy in this recipe, and I encourage you to not forgo the rosemary. It’s not just a pretty garnish! The herbal aroma your nose picks up with every sip really makes this simple cocktail shine.
Easy enough for a quiet night in, but plenty fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, this cocktail is a must this holiday season!
1 heaping tablespoon cranberry sauce 1 ounce (30 ml) gin 1 ounce (30 ml) orange liqueur, such as triple sec or cointreau Club soda or sparkling water Ice Orange slice, for garnish Rosemary sprig, for garnish
Add the cranberry sauce, gin, triple sec, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a tumbler class and top with club soda or sparkling water. Garnish with orange slice and rosemary sprig.