Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

In recent years I’ve been adding a cocktail recipe to the things I prepare for Thanksgiving.  I came across many wonderful recipes, but this one caught my eye in particular.  I found it on Creative Culinary, who based their version on a recipe originally published in Bon Appetit Magazine earlier this fall. I have made some further modifications, but it remains very similar to Creative Culinary’s version.

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

Be forewarned, this cocktail packs a powerful punch, but you don’t necessarily taste the alcohol so please drink responsibly.  I was making this cocktail for a party so I scaled the recipe up to 16 portions.  It can be scaled higher or lower based on your needs.

Also, please forgive my photo.  Thanksgiving is a crazy busy time of year, and I didn’t get to photograph the finished product until I was at the party I brought this concoction to. The kitchen was packed with wonderful food so I squeezed in on a little available counter space. I think the cocktail itself came out well, but the pitcher and background do leave a little something to be desired…

Yield: 16 cocktails

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

A tasty holiday recipe for a cranberry gin fizz cocktail. Cranberries never tasted so delicious!


  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries (substitute frozen cranberries if needed)
  • 2 satsumas, halved (substitute clementine oranges if needed)
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 3 cups chilled dry gin (Bombay Sapphire preferred)
  • 2 quarts ginger ale, chilled
  • Ice


  1. Combine water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Once at a boil, lower to a simmer and add cranberries.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally; most of the cranberries will burst.
  4. Allow the cranberries to cool in the syrup.  To speed this process up, place mixture in a metal bowl and elevate on a cooling rack. Stir often. This should take about 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, juice the limes and satsumas and place both the juice and rinds in a mixing bowl.
  6. Once cooled, add 1/2 cup of the cranberries and 1 cup of the cranberry syrup to the mixing bowl containing the citrus.
  7. Stir in the gin and let it sit for at least five minutes for flavors to meld.
  8. Strain liquid into a pitcher and then add in the rest of the cranberries from the syrup.  Discard the citrus and remaining items from the mixing bowl.
  9. Refrigerate cocktail mixture if not using immediately. Also refrigerate the leftover cranberry syrup.
  10. To serve, place 1/2 cup ginger ale in a glass filled with ice.  Top glass with the cranberry gin mixture plus a few cranberries from the pitcher and enjoy!

Prep:1 hour

Total:1 hour

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