Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic

October 26, 2020

While we love holiday food, no dinner is complete without a special seasonal drink. This one uses fresh cranberries to make a beautiful, pink drink. The sprinkle of fresh thyme gives it a particularly fall taste, and it goes excellently with turkey!


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Splash of orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh English Thyme leaves
  • Gin of choice
  • Tonic of choice


  1. In a small saucepan, mix together the cranberries, sugar, water, splash of orange juice and vanilla extract. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing the cranberries with the back of your spoon until they pop (beware--they'll splatter!). Add the fresh thyme and smash with the back of your spoon--this will release its aromatics. Note: The mixture should be much looser than traditional cranberry sauce. Pour the mixture through a strainer, discarding the solids, and reserving the cranberry syrup.
  2. To assemble an individual cocktail, add about 1 fluid ounces of syrup to each glass. Top with a few cubes of ice, 2 fluid ounces of gin and then top with tonic. Mix and garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme.

Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

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