This cranberry Negroni is a delicious variation on a classic cocktail. And the deep red color of this gin and cranberry juice cocktail makes it the perfect winter Negroni for the holidays.
The Negroni is a bitter cocktail. And pure cranberry juice increases the bitterness.
To adjust, there is less Campari than in a classic Negroni. And a sugared rim is added to counteract the bitterness in this gin and cranberry cocktail.
Make a sugar-rimmed glass
To rim a glass with sugar, start by rubbing a lemon wedge lightly around the outside of a lowball glass. Add some superfine sugar to a plate, and roll the outside of the glass into the sugar. Tap the glass lightly to knock off any loose sugar.
You can rim a glass with other things. Salt is an obvious alternative. But you can also use cocoa, cinnamon sugar, or spices. My cherry Bakewell cocktail has a rim of ground nuts and sugar. This spicy margarita has a rim of chipotle salt.
Tips and tricks
Cranberry juice vs. cranberry juice cocktail
This cocktail calls for 100% cranberry juice. You could substitute cranberry cocktail for the 100% cranberry juice. However, cranberry cocktail has sugar added and is therefore much sweeter. At minimum, I would skip the sugared rim if you are substituting cranberry juice cocktail.
Tip from the wise quacker: shaken or stirred? The teaching is that cocktails made entirely of alcohols should be stirred with ice and poured into the glass or even built in the glass. This cranberry Negroni is shaken because of the cranberry juice.
Variations and substitutions
- A Negroni can be served up or on the rocks, depending on your preference.
- Use cranberry gin (see below).
- Garnish with sugared cranberries
Cranberry Negroni with cranberry-infused gin
Instead of using gin and cranberry juice. you can make this cranberry Negroni by infusing your gin with fresh cranberries. I was this many years old when I found out that the inside of cranberries look like this.
Slice your cranberries in half, put them into a clean jar, and add gin to cover. Leave the jar in a cool place or the refrigerator for a few days before straining out the cranberries.
To make the cranberry Negroni, shake together the cranberry-infused gin with one ounce of sweet vermouth and one-half to one ounce of Campari. Include or omit the sugared rim, depending on your preferences for more sweet or more bitter cocktails.
Big batch cranberry Negronis
You can scale this cranberry Negroni recipe for a crowd. “They say” to provide two drinks per hour for the first hour of a cocktail party and then one drink per hour after that.
But remember that this cocktail is the equivalent of two drinks. Do with that information what you will. And please drink responsibly.
|dry gin||1.5 fl oz||3 oz||3/4 cup||1 1/2 cup||3 cups|
|sweet vermouth||1 fl oz||2 oz||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cups|
|100% cranberry juice||1 fl oz||2 oz||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cups|
|Campari||0.5 fl oz||1 oz||1/4 cup||1/2 cup||1 cup|
Here are some things they say to be aware of.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a standard drink for distilled spirits is 1.5 ounces.
There doesn’t appear to be a named classic gin and cranberry juice cocktail like the Cape Codder (vodka and cranberry juice) or Sea Breeze (vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice).
Want a digestivo to go with your aperitivo? Go with a Frangelico cocktail like this Frangelico sour.
- Cocktail shaker
- lemon wedge
- superfine or granulated sugar
- 1½ ounces Tanqueray or other dry gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce 100% cranberry juice
- ½ ounces Campari
- fresh cranberries for garnish
- Make a sugared rim glass by rubbing the lemon wedge lightly around the outside of a lowball glass. Then rub the outside of the rim in a plate of sugar. Tap the glass lightly while it is upside down to knock any loose sugar back onto the plate.lemon wedge, superfine or granulated sugar
- Add ice to the glass.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, sweet vermouth, cranberry juice, and Campari. Shake for about 10 seconds and then strain into the glass.1½ ounces Tanqueray or other dry gin, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 ounce 100% cranberry juice, ½ ounces Campari
- Garnish with the cranberries.fresh cranberries for garnish
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