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Two gin and cranberry cocktails on a marble serving board.
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Cranberry Gin Shaker

This cranberry gin shaker is a fun holiday cocktail to serve guests at all your Christmas and dinner parties! Gin, elderflower liqueur, homemade cranberry simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice come together in one very easy-to-drink cocktail. 
Prep5 mins
Total5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Drink
Keyword: christmas themed cocktail, cranberry gin cocktail, easy holiday cocktail, gin and cranberry, gin shaker drinks, holiday themed cocktail
Servings: 2 drinks
Calories: 411kcal
Author: ari | well seasoned


For cranberry simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar divided
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries

For the cocktail

  • 4 oz gin
  • 4 oz elderflower liquor (such as Saint Germain)
  • 4 oz cranberry simple syrup
  • 4 oz fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • fresh mint leaves (for garnish)


To make cranberry simple syrup

  • Combine water and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium sauce pan set over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves, then lower heat to medium-low and add cranberries. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place remaining 1 cup sugar in a small bowl. Use a slotted spoon to carefully transfer a few cranberries at a time from the sauce pan and place in sugar. Swirl until evenly coated, then transfer to a cooling rack to harden. Repeat with remaining cranberries, then set simple syrup aside,

To make cocktail

  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then add gin, elderflower liquor, cranberry simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Shake for about 30 seconds, then divide evenly into coupe glasses. Garnish with fresh mint and candied cranberries.


Simple syrup can be made in advance and will keep in a refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Candied cranberries can be made the day before and stored in an airtight container once cooled.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.2g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 33.2g
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