Recipe: Cranberry Gimlet | Stamford Moms

If you’re looking for a perfectly festive and delicious holiday cocktail… this one from Alston and Leigh, the talented moms behind Habitual Hostess is perfect! Visit our friends at Wagon Wheel Wine and Spirits at 1051 Long Ridge Road for everything you need (and don’t forget to pick up some of their cured meats, crackers and Murray’s Cheese to go with it!)

Ingredients for Candied Cranberries:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions for Candied Cranberries:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer and let sugar completely dissolve.
  3. Add cranberries and reduce heat to low. Let simmer in sugar water for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Strain cranberries, reserving the infused simple syrup.
  5. Spread out remaining 1/2 cup of sugar on a small rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Add cranberries and shake pan until cranberries are covered in sugar and sparkling!

Store cranberries and leftover sugars in an airtight container in the fridge up to three days.

Ingredients for the Gimlet:

  • 2 oz gin (you can also use vodka)
  • .5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz cranberry infused simple syrup
  • .5 oz unsweetened pure cranberry juice

Instructions for the Gimlet:

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake, about 20 seconds, until very cold.
  3. Strain into a coupe of glasses and garnish with candied cranberries.

To batch out this recipe, multiply each ingredient by the number of cocktails you want to make. Add 1 oz of water per serving. Store in a mason jar or glass lidded container in the freezer until ready to serve.

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