Cranberry (Cocktail) Season

This time of year, it’s pretty hard to avoid cranberries: From baked goods and, of course, sauce to, yes, even cocktails, the tart fruit is everywhere.

Though the Cosmopolitan made the simple berry a year-round favorite, guilty pleasures like the Cape Codder, the Sea Breeze and the Sex on the Beach long ago established it as a bar staple.

And the ingredient is now featured in plenty of inventive autumnal drinks on menus across the country. While most recipes call for store-bought juice, Allen Katz, a advisory board member and co-founder of the New York Distilling Company, makes a delicious and easy cranberry syrup from scratch that he uses in seasonal tipples.

So next Wednesday night, fix a batch, and then on Thanksgiving, while the turkey and stuffing are in the oven, you can serve his tasty Here We Are, which includes the syrup, as well as gin, bourbon, lemon juice and grenadine.

To honor America’s first spirit, rum, during your meal (what could be more appropriate?), try his Colony Records (pictured above). In addition to the liquor and the special syrup, it contains grapefruit juice and bitters. It’s so good, you may want to stock up on cranberries. Cheers!

Here We Are

Contributed by Allen Katz

  • 1 oz Dorothy Parker American Gin
  • 1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz Cranberry Syrup*
  • .25 oz Grenadine
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Garnish: Orange twist

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a broad orange twist.

Colony Records

Contributed by Allen Katz

  • 2 oz Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
  • 1.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz Cranberry Syrup*
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Glass: Cocktail
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

*Cranberry Syrup:
  • 1.5 cups Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Water
  • .75 cup Sugar

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the cranberries start to fall apart, about 10 minutes. Fine-strain into a bowl, discarding the solids, and let cool. Cover, and store in the refrigerator.

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