Last I heard, New Jersey was the third largest cranberry producing state in the country. Lots of the tart berries that end up as jellies and relishes for Thanksgiving come right from the Garden State. Cranberries and their juice are also wonderful in drinks, and I created two cranberry mocktail recipes (non-alcoholic cocktails) for Mother Nature Network.
I’m sharing the one with sophisticated flavors with you here on SJL, and if you want the recipe for the simpler, more kid-friendly mocktail called a Cranberry Lime Fizz, you’ll need to click through to MNN.
- 2 oz. cranberry juice, no sugar added
- 5 oz ginger beer (ginger beer is naturally non-alcoholic)
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- juice of one lime
- 3 dashes bitters (bitters does contain a small amount of alcohol, so omit it if your don’t want any alcohol in your drink)
- fresh cranberries
- Fill a 10 oz glass with ice.
- Add all ingredients except cranberries
- Stir with a long spoon
- Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries floating on top
I loved the bite of the ginger and the bitters in this drink. Of course, if you wanted to turn it into a cocktail, you could simply add an ounce or two of vodka, like Philadelphia Distilling’s Penn 1681.
Image: Pen Waggener/Flickr