Get into the holiday spirit with this riff on an old smash classic. David Kwiatkowski, of The Sugar House, in Detroit, created this seasonal must-have with the addition of rosemary, which brings a savory note to this cheery cocktail.
2 oz. cranberry-infused gin (see below)
1 barspoon Demerara sugar
¼ of a fresh lemon, diced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
5-6 fresh cranberries
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Garnish: 3 fresh cranberries skewered on a rosemary sprig
Combine the rosemary, cranberries, sugar and diced lemon in a shaker and muddle. Add the gin and shake hard with ice cubes. Strain over one large ice cube into a rocks glass and garnish.
Cranberry-Infused Gin: Combine a 750 ml. bottle of dry gin in a quart-sized jar with 1 cup fresh, gently muddled cranberries. Let macerate for 1 week before straining into a clean glass bottle.
If there are some Vinglers in the LA area, that want to meet for holiday cocktails, LET ME KNOW! @Rodiziketan, you are most welcome too, though you're about a million miles away... :( :( :(
This recipe comes from one of my favorite cocktail sites online, Imbibe.
Photo: Lara Ferroni