I’ve done it! I have officially created the best Christmas cocktail EVER! After making my Juniper Berry Simple Syrup, I couldn’t get over how that syrup was a true taste of Christmas. It’s sweet, piney, and screams the holidays! So I did a lot of cocktail shaking and testing for you. You are welcome. And I came up with a cocktail that will light you up brighter than a Christmas tree!
My Mom is in town. Insert Dun Dun Duuuun song here! Let’s just say, I need all the cocktails I can get. If you read, Banana Chocolate Marble Loaf then you know what I mean! All in good fun… I write to my dear Mother who is definitely reading this part closely!
This beautiful Christmas cocktail recipe is a cranberry juniper gin cocktail. It is a holiday combination of freshly muddled cranberries, juniper berry simple syrup, gin, and club soda. Garnished with rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries, it’s truly the best Christmas cocktail ever!
And, my Mom is obsessed with this drink and how festive it is! So you know we are on to something grand!
Juniper berry simple syrup
After spending a weekend in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, I have been full on with my Christmas spirit! I was building fires, hiking through juniper berry trees and holly, and touring the 6.5 million light show at Silver Dollar City. I even played a prank on my Mother-in-law while doing my cabin tour video. I’m up to a lot these days! See me in action with my wood burning fire skills!
All of that juniper berry is not only beautiful, but it’s pine flavored! In fact, that’s what gives gin it’s pine essence. I felt so inspired to infuse everything with Juniper Berries. You guys know I love infusions! Just like my Candy Cane Vodka and Timur Pepper Gin and Tonic, this juniper berry simple syrup uses minimal ingredients and is an incredible way to enhance cocktails. So I created a juniper berry simple syrup to gently flavor and sweeten up a holiday cocktail to be remembered. Check out the video here for the recipe, JUNIPER BERRY SIMPLE SYRUP VIDEO.
Thus, the best Christmas cocktail ever was born! This Christmas cocktail is sure to please everyone at your holiday parties and dinners. And let’s face it, during the holidays where everyone starts getting moody, that is a big feat!
What You Need For This Cranberry Juniper Gin Cocktail
While this stunning cocktail may look like a big undertaking, it’s definitely easy.
The first step to making the best Christmas cocktail ever is to make your juniper berry simple syrup. Take a look at the video demonstration on my YouTube channel to whip that up first. Note that it takes only a few minutes to make. But it does take few hours to cool down and thicken, so plan on making ahead.
Once your simple syrup is made, gather up your fresh cranberries, chilled club soda, ice, and gin.
I love gin for this Christmas cocktail since the pine plays so well with the piney simple syrup. While they are both pine flavored, they have different flavor undertones.
For garnishing this holiday drink, use festive rosemary sprigs and lime peels. If you want to add extra flair to this Christmas cocktail, use sugared cranberries as a garnish as well. Find that recipe here, HOW TO MAKE SUGARED CRANBERRIES.
Let’s make the best Christmas cocktail ever!
First, put the fresh cranberries into a glass. Use a Cocktail Muddler to Muddle them up. They will pop and start releasing their juices and color. Next, put your ice on top of the muddled cranberries. Then pour over your gin, juniper berry simple syrup, and give it a stir. Lastly, add your club soda.
The cranberries will rise to the top of the drink, and there will be pops of color from the juice released from the berries.
Add your garnishes and enjoy the best Christmas cocktail ever!
The Best Christmas Cocktail Ever AKA Cranberry Juniper Gin Cocktail!
The Best Christmas Cocktail ever
This beautiful Christmas cocktail recipe is a combination of fresh muddled cranberries, juniper berry simple syrup, gin, and club soda. Garnished with rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries, it's truly the best Christmas cocktail ever!
- 2 tablespoons fresh cranberries
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce juniper berry simple syrup
- 1/3 cup ice
- 4 ounces club soda
- 1 whole rosemary sprig garnish
- 1 lime peel garnish
- 4 sugared cranberries for extra sparkle!
Put cranberries in a glass.
Then muddle them until they have burst.
Pour over your gin and juniper berry simple syrup. Give it a stir.
Then add your club soda.
Garnish with rosemary, lime peel, and optional sugared cranberries.
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