The Thanksgiving Collection
How you doin’? For those who are cookin’ and bakin’ up next week’s feast, and for those who are just a little trepidatious at the notion of trying to avoid discussing politics with all of your relatives, it just might be time for a drink. And if those aren’t sufficient reasons, it’s Happy Hour Friday y’all!
I was once told gin drinkers were crazy; maybe that’s the reason I stayed away from gin for such a long time. It wasn’t until my trip to Equatorial Guinea when I discovered the taste on Hendrick’s Gin that it became my drink of choice. This was one of those boondoggle trips when I was invited to meet with the president of the country and try to encourage him to reengage with the country’s roots in producing chocolate. I traveled over there with the country’s attorney general and was told to wait for the phone call and always be ready to run to the presidential palace and meet with his excellency, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. But right at this moment we’re talking about cocktails. If you want to hear more on my trip to EG you will have to wait for my next book or, better yet, the movie. The important part for today’s post is that I fell in love with the flavor of Hendrick’s Gin. Later on, I fell in love with a Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail.
A Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail is very festive, loaded with fantastic flavors and colors of the season making this the perfect cocktail for the holidays. It’s not only pretty, but also pretty delicious, too.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 cocktails
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 orange, cut into slices
1-1/2 cups Hendrik’s gin (you can use Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray)
1 cup chilled ginger ale
Garnish with candied cranberries and 4 mint sprigs (or rosemary)
ChefSecret: Plan ahead and get started early. Make the cranberry syrup a day ahead.
Quip of the Day: “These days I get most of my exercise shaking my head in disbelief.”
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