Gin and Tonic for Christmas
While I do like a celebratory fancy drink here and there, I tend to stick to the basics. Gin and Tonic is something that I never used to like but it has grown on me. I now happily sip on one as a pre-dinner drink if we’re out for a nice meal. And since I’ve come to like them so much, I hate to mess with them.
This easy little drink recipe barely alters the flavor of your classic G&T but it does add a ton of holiday flare. Instead of squeezing in some lemon or lime, you squeeze a few cranberries. These add a similar sourness to the drink and a pretty color. The sprig of rosemary sticking out of the glass is not just a garnish. The piney scent of the rosemary enhances the herby flavor of gin without drastically altering it.
The result is a nice classic Gin and Tonic with a holiday twist.
- 1 ounce gin
- 3 ounces of chilled tonic
- a nice handful of frozen whole cranberries (about 25 of them)
- a sprig of rosemary
- Put 4 of the cranberries into a small bowl and top with cool water. Set aside. Leave the rest of the cranberries in the freezer until you're ready for them.
- Pour the gin and the tonic into a tall glass.
- Squeeze the four cranberries over the glass such that a bit of their bright red juice plops into the gin and tonic. (At this point I honestly think it looks more like a Halloween drink than a Christmas drink but stick with me. It will look very pretty very soon!).
- Add the remaining frozen whole cranberries.
- Stick the rosemary sprig into the glass and use it to stir everything around.
- Drink. Ahhhhh.
Here’s a great picture for pinning: