Cranberry Bubbler Recipe

Cranberry Bubbler Recipe

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

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


  1. 1.

    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.

  2. 2.

    For the Salt Solution: Mix together water and salt until salt is dissolved.

  3. 3.

    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.

  4. 4.

    Top each glass with soda water, stir gently to mix, then serve immediately.