A story I tell often of my family is that growing up (and I'm sure still to this day I just don't live there anymore), my family ate cranberry sauce all year round and often more than once a week. With a roast chicken or a pot roast, we always had a can of cranberry sauce along with it. I was in college when it was mentioned to me that that was not the norm. I don't remember how that conversation went or how it came up, but I learned that my mother was single-handedly keeping the makers of cranberry juice busy throughout the rest of calendar year.
I do have to say that this is not a complaint by any means, I love cranberry anything and feel bad for the people who don't eat cranberry sauce all year round. You're missing out real bad.
But cranberries do feel very holiday to me, so today we are adding gin and orange juice and making them into their best and booziest selves.
Cranberry Gin Fizz
Makes one drink
3 oz cranberry juice
2 oz gin
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 dash bitters
frozen cranberries, sprig of thyme or rosemary, orange slices/peel (optional)
In a short glass with ice, add cranberry juice, gin, orange juice, and dash of bitters and stir to combine. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda, give it one with stir, and top with frozen cranberries and a sprig of thyme or rosemary. Cheers!