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Cranberry Sage Gin + Tonic

Cranberry Sage Gin + Tonic

In my world, cranberry is to winter as pumpkin spice is to autumn. It’s tart, bright, fresh and brings to mind crisp snowfall and family gatherings.

Speaking of flavors that define a season, let’s talk about a personal favorite of mine: gin and tonics. There’s something about the crisp, botanical bite of gin paired with the gentle fizz of tonic that makes it a timeless classic. It’s my year-round indulgence, a beloved staple that never goes out of style.

A few winters back, I stumbled upon a bottle of Cranberry Gin Liqueur from Koval Distillery (I’m not sponsored, but hey, Koval, if you’re listening, I’m all for a dreamy collaboration!). It’s as if this bottle was crafted in the very essence of a winter evening. The liqueur itself is so delightful that it transforms a simple G+T into a festive holiday cheer in a glass.

This drink is beyond delectable. The sweet and tart profile of cranberry liqueur melds beautifully with the gin, bringing forth a cocktail that’s both simple to make and sophisticated in taste. It’s a novel twist on the G+T that has since become my go-to for cozy autumn and winter evenings.

In a perfect world, I’d crown each glass with a skewer of fresh cranberries for that Instagram-worthy touch. But as with most garnishes, they’re purely for aesthetics, let’s be real. The sage was more than enough decoration this time around.

  • 2oz cranberry liqueur (I’m using the one from Koval Distillery)
  • 1oz gin
  • Tonic
  • Sage leaves for garnish
  • Cranberries for garnish (optional)
  • In a cocktail glass, combine ice, cranberry liqueur and gin.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with tonic (you can substitute seltzer or soda water if you prefer a less sweet drink).
  • Garnish with sage leaves. I singed the ends with a match for the drama, but it didn’t add a whole lot, so do what feels right to you. Either way it’s delicious!