The combination of cranberry simple syrup and fresh grapefruit juice makes this a festive morning cocktail. A splash of gin and a simple salt solution to bring out the flavors really makes this drink something special.
- Yield:makes 4 cocktails
- Active time: 5 minutes
- Total time:20 minutes
- For the Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- For the Salt Solution
- 1 1/2 ounce water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the Cocktail
- 8 ounces gin
- 8 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, from 1 lime
- 4 ounces cranberry syrup
- 2 teaspoons salt solution
- 16 ounces club soda
For the Cranberry Syrup: Combine cranberries, sugar, and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop, about 6 minutes. Allow to cool then strain through a fine mesh strainer into a sealable jar, using the back of a spoon to press down on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Cranberry syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week.
For the Salt Solution: Mix together water and salt until salt is dissolved.
Fill a cocktail shaker and four glasses with ice. Add 4 ounces gin, 4 ounces grapefruit juice, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 2 ounces cranberry syrup and 1 teaspoon salt solution to the shaker. Shake until mixture is very cold, about 15 seconds, then divide between 2 serving glasses. Repeat and fill second 2 glasses.
Top each glass with soda water, stir gently to mix, then serve immediately.