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Cranberry Gin and Tonics

Makes10 drinks
  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:2 1/4 hr (includes chilling)
December 2006
Festive and beautiful, this creation of editor Nichol Nelson is packed with real cranberry flavor. Forcing some of the berries through a sieve into the syrup intensifies the drink’s fruitiness.
  • 2 (12-oz) bags fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 1/3 cups chilled tonic water
  • 1 1/4 cups gin
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer in a 3- to 3 1/2-quart saucepan, then simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until berries just begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Drain cranberries in a fine-mesh sieve set over a 1-quart glass measuring cup, then reserve 2 cups cranberries and force remaining cranberries through sieve into syrup. Discard solids remaining in sieve, then add reserved cranberries to syrup. Cool to room temperature. Transfer to a pitcher and chill until cold, about 2 hours.
  • Add remaining ingredients to syrup, stirring gently to combine. Serve drinks over ice in 8- to 10-ounce glasses.
Cooks’ note: Cranberry syrup can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Add tonic water, gin, and lime juice just before serving.
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