Cranberry Gimlet Recipe

Brandy O'Neill | Nutmeg Nanny Updated

Cranberry Gimlet offers a cranberry sweetness to the classic cocktail. A perfect addition to your next holiday party.

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I remember the first time I tried gin; I was not a fan. It smelled faintly of pine trees and the taste wasn’t too far off either. Fast-forward a few years and I decided to give gin another try. I loved how drinking gin was portrayed on tv – sophisticated and fancy. I was determined to become fancy with my cocktail drinking.

So I splurged for some good gin and tonic and mixed myself up a cocktail. Not as horrible as the first time, but I was still not completely sold. I kept ordering them anytime I went out to dinner and slowly I started to love gin. I started to enjoy the juniper taste and loved the slight fizz of the tonic.

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While I’m still a loyal gin and tonic drinker I also like to play around with cocktails so I don’t get bored. For this drink I went a little tart with my mixing. I have always paired my cranberry with vodka but not this time. I took the classic gimlet and gave it the cranberry twist. This cocktail is slightly sweet and can be changed just based on what cranberry juice you use.

If you use cranberry cocktail it will give it a slight cranberry taste but will be much sweeter. If you use pure 100% cranberry juice be prepared for a much tarter cocktail. I personally prefer the 100% cranberry juice, but I’m used to its taste so I dig that tart pucker.

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The frozen cranberry garnish is of course optional but I’m such a sucker for fun garnishes. Plus once they stop floating you know it’s a time for a refill. Just remember though, these babies are strong!

If you're digging the cranberry, definitely take time to check out my boozy holiday punch too. It's guaranteed to make any holiday party a success!

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Cranberry Gimlet Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 2 ounces Good Quality Gin
  • 1 ounce Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Whole Cranberries, For garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in gin, cranberry juice, lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Shake until ice cold and strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with whole cranberries. 


  • If you use sweetened cranberry juice or juice cocktail you can leave out the simple syrup.


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Author: Brandy O'Neill
Recipe Yields: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 187

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 2mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brandy O'Neill

About Brandy

Brandy loves all things culinary, as documented on Nutmeg Nanny. But we're especially excited for her boozy cocktails and kid-friendly mocktails as our Cocktails and Mocktails Fanatic.