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Fresh Cranberry Gimlet – Recipe!

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A gimlet is one of my favorite cocktails because it’s light and refreshing and has a delicious citrus kick.  I thought to bring in the new year, I would make a Fresh Cranberry Gimlet that still has that amazing citrus taste, but it’s made with a cranberry syrup instead of juice.  You might be saying, “Isn’t that a Cosmo”?  But it’s not.  It is different because it has lots of lime with a gimlet tasting profile, and just a hint of cranberry.

The syrup is made on the stove top with water, sugar and a few fresh cranberries.  You can use fresh or frozen, but don’t skip this step — that’s what makes this drink have a light cranberry taste.  Fresh limes are always preferred over the bottled stuff — there’s just no comparison.  I love to mix it up in a martini shaker over ice and strain it gently into a clear glass and garnish with a lime wedge and three cranberries for good luck.  Happy New Year!

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1 cup water

1/3 cup fresh cranberries

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 ounces vodka

juice of  1 lime + wedge for garnish

3 fresh cranberries

(Makes 1 Cocktail)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a saucepan, add water, cranberries and sugar.  Place over high heat and boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.  Strain into a small pitcher and cool.
  2. In a martini shaker filled with ice, add vodka, lime juice and 1 ounce cranberry syrup (you can make more cocktails or use it for other beverages).  Shake, shake, shake, until cold.
  3. Strain into martini glass or highball.  Garnish with lime wedge and 3 cranberries.  Cheers!



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