Cranberry Gin Smash
Photo by Christina Oxford

Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distillery in Charleston, South Carolina, shares his perfect party cocktail: the cranberry gin smash.

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1 cocktail

  • 1 ounce cranberry spice simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Hat Trick Botanical Gin
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish
  • Cranberries for garnish
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Cranberry Spice Simple Syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 (2 inch long) piece of orange peel (no pith)
  • 10 cranberries,1 cup sugar
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Fill a cocktail tin halfway with ice.
  2. Add simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin, then shake well for 10 to 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over a few cubes of ice or into a coupe.
  4. Garnish with rosemary sprig, skewered cranberries, and orange peel.

Cranberry Spice Simple Syrup

  1. To a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cinnamon, orange peel, cranberries, and one cup water. Simmer for 30 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Strain through a mesh strainer into a jar or lidded container, then add sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Add rosemary and allow to cool completely. Remove rosemary before serving. Syrup can be stored in refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • From Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distillery in Charleston, South Carolina

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