Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme
Tart cranberry and sweet orange get fizzy with some gin and a hint of earthy thyme.
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
The holiday season is upon us–Christmas music is blaring, stockings hang from the mantle, and the oven is working overtime pumping out holiday baked goods. Today marks the first day of our epic week of Christmas baked goods.
Holiday baking calls for getting jolly in the kitchen with a fizzy holiday-inspired libation. This cranberry-orange gin fizz with thyme is the perfect holiday drink to share with friends and family while cooking up your holiday meal.
I tested this cocktail out on my friends and family (don’t feel bad for them, that’s their job) over the Thanksgiving holiday. My mom fell in love with it and has been pestering me for more ever since the bird came out of the oven.
One of my favorite things to do is shake up a good cocktail. In my past life, I truly believe I was a bartender. What you’ll need:
-Gin (I prefer Beefeater)
-Cointreau or Triple Sec
-Cranberry Sprite or Cranberry Sierra Mist
-A few sprigs of thyme
-Frozen cranberries for garnish (optional)
Grab your shaker and add the gin, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and a sprig of thyme. Muddle the thyme to bruise the leaves and realese its earthy flavor. Add a handful of ice, cranberry juice, and the juice of half an orange. Give the mixture a few vigorous shakes.
Jennie’s definition of vigorous shaking: When one is vigorously shaking correctly, the butt has no choice but to jiggle with every shake. Vigorous cocktail shaking=butt jiggling. So, rock the shaker like you mean it.
Pour over ice and top with cranberry soda and garnish with frozen cranberries, an orange wedge, and sprig of thyme.
The only thing left on the list is to drink. Sink back into a comfy chair next to the glow of the Christmas tree or warm fire and let the fizzy bubbles go to your head.
Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- Cranberry Sprite
- Add gin, triple sec, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the thyme to release the essential oils.
- Add cranberry juice, orange juice, and a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker. Give the mixture a few good shakes.
- Pour over ice and top with cranberry sprite.
92 Comments on “Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme”
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I want 10 of these to drink the entire day! They are so beautiful!
I got your back, Jocelyn :)
This drink sounds amazing! My mom has been nagging me about a fizzy pomegranate cocktail I made for Thanksgiving, too… I wonder if I could quench her thirst with one of these, instead? Also, I completely approve of your definition of vigorous shaking… there’s no other way to do it! I just tell myself, if it’s jiggling, it’s getting a workout… right? :P
I don’t think your mom will say no to a purdy beverage, no matter what kind. Cocktail shaking is my main source of exercise for my booty.
I would try and make some type of soup which would be great for this cold Chicago weather!
Soup is perfect for cold winter nights. Thanks for visiting, Nicole!
Is it too early for one of these? *hiccup*
Happy day #1!
We’ll keep it between us :)
We prefer cool beverages such as your gorgeous cranberry orange gin fizz during christmas time because it can be so hot here in the day. Now I just have to get a pool and I am good to go! =D Thanks for sharing!
How fun it would be to swim during the holidays. This cocktail would look very sexy poolside.
I’ve been waiting for this one since you post the beautimous photo, Jennie. Thank you for putting it on day 1 and not making us wait!
Aw, thanks, Stacy!
I couldn’t wait till you posted this recipe!!! I’m a gin chick and LOVE thyme in everything!!! Gorgeous!
I heart gin, too! Thanks, Sam.
My mouth is watering, I will expect delivery by 5pm on Saturday…
They are the best of your creations yet..
And her butt really jiggles when she is shaking the shaker.. :)
Well, hello, mother. Such demanding expectations you have. I’ll be there drinks in hand :)
Oh my goodness, your definition of vigorous shaking had me cracking up!!! Love this festive cocktail. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew I needed to have it in my life. Perfect for the holidays!
Thanks, Kate. Gotta love a good butt jiggle :)
LOVE cranberry cocktails. I made a great one for Thanksgiving and now I really want to try yours. Sounds like a great combination!
Thanks, Rachel. It’s cranberry season, and I’m lovin’ it!
What a gorgeous cocktail, Jennie!!! The color is perfect for the holidays…and it sounds irresistible!
I want to jump into the picture those are so gorgeous!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And it looks so refreshing and festive too! Love it!
This is my favourite recipe thus far. You set the bar high woman, really high. The photos are gorgeous. You are joining us for Cocktail Day right?
SO happy you joined us for Christmas Week. Excited to see what else you have in store for us.
You are so sweet, Kim. Thank you so much for inviting me and for all of your hard work and dedication. Psht, of course I’m joining you for Cocktail Day. That’s, like, my day :)
These photos are gorgeous! I’d love a glass of this gin fizz right now!
I have extra ingredients!
I just can’t get over how gorgeous these are, and I am sure taste amazing!
Aw, thanks, Brianne. It’s one of my favorite cocktails.
This looks like the perfect holiday drink, I can’t wait to try it! I’m always looking for good gin cocktails beyond the basic gin and tonic!
I love a good gin and tonic, but I like a little jazz during the holidays. Thanks, Sarah!
Yum yum yum! I’ll take a whole pitcher please!
Yes, a pitcher!
Oh my goodness!!! What a fabulous cocktail, and just what is needed during this busy, busy season. We all need a little break once in a while, don’t we?? Thank you!!
A break is a must this time of year. Shake yourself a cocktail and kick your feet up. Thanks, Kim!
This drink is so gorgeous and looks so refreshing! I need a glass, stat!
I have the fix’ins in my pantry; come on over!
Yummo! I just finished making a list of things I need. I WILL be sipping this tomorrow night. Thank you!
I’m so excited for you, Carrieayn. Let me know how you like it.
Yummy. And great new site look!!
Yummy! These look beautiful… I LOVE the colors.
I was a bartender for a few summers and this looks so yummy.
Thanks, Laura. I would really like to bartend.
…aaaand i have my holiday cocktail nailed down. courtesy of you. :)
So glad I could help. Wanna add me to the guest list?
This looks so refreshing and delicious! What a great idea for the holidays!
Thank you so much, Jodee.
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Love, love, LOVE IT! I need this cocktail in my life…ASAP! All of my favorite flavors are here…even the fresh thyme. Cannot wait to make this cocktail for Christmas! Gorgeous styling and photography, too, girl. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Pinning! xo
Thanks, Stacy. This is definitely a favorite of mine.
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Such a beautiful cocktail! This will definitely make the holidays more festive!
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Whoa. These pictures are gorgeous! How in the world did you do it?! Drinks and glass in general is so difficult!
And this drink looks amazing. Yum.
Thank you so much, Erin. Yeah, glass is a bit fickle. I’ve already had photos with a reflection of something in the glass without realizing it until after the photos were edited and posted–oops! I used a reflecter board to the left and behind the glasses. It helped big time.
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