Cranberry Gimlet Recipe

Brandy O'Neill | Nutmeg Nanny

This festive cranberry gimlet lends seasonal sweetness to the classic cocktail. It's a perfect addition to your next holiday party!

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.

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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.

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What is a Gimlet?

A gimlet is a classic gin cocktail made with gin and lime juice. It is tart and that tartness plays so well with the juniper notes of a good quality gin.

It's a very simple cocktail, slightly sweetened, generally with a bit of simple syrup. The gimlet is a refreshing cocktail that makes for very easy sipping.

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Cranberry Gimlet Ingredients

  • Gin - Of course, gin is a must for a gimlet. Use a really great gin and it will make all the difference in this gin cocktail. 
  • Cranberry juice - I prefer to mix this drink with unsweetened cranberry juice. 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.
  • Lime juice - Use freshly squeezed lime juice if you can, or a high quality pre-squeezed lime juice will also work in a pinch.
  • Simple syrup - I like to make homemade simple syrup, which is very easy to make. You can also generally find simple syrup in the cocktail mixer section of your grocery store. 
  • Fresh cranberries - Nothing looks more like the holidays than a garnish of fresh cranberries. While not strictly necessary, they add such a fun pop to the look of this cranberry cocktail recipe.
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How to Make a Cranberry Gimlet

Step 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then use a jigger or a shot glass to measure and pour the gin over top of the ice.

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Step 2. Add the cranberry juice to your cocktail shaker. Again, you can use a sweetened cranberry juice, but I suggest at least trying it with the unsweetened juice, but either way results in a delicious drink!

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Step 3. Add the lime juice and simple syrup. You can always add more simple syrup if you prefer a sweeter drink, but add just a little bit at a time until you reach your desired level of sweetness.

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Step 4. Shake until well chilled and pour into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries. Alternately, you can freeze the cranberries in advance for a fun, holiday twist.

Cranberry Gimlet Cocktail Photo
Cranberry Gimlet Cocktail Picture

You know my favorite part about a cranberry garnish? Once they stop floating you know it’s a time for a refill!

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 then pour the gin over top of the ice.
  2. Add the cranberry juice to your cocktail shaker.
  3. Add the lime juice and simple syrup. For a sweeter cocktail, add additional simple syrup in small amounts until you reach your desired sweetness.
  4. Shake until ice cold and strain into a coupe or martini glass.
  5. Garnish with fresh 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.

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