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Gin and Cranberry juice cocktail garnished with sugared cranberries ready for sharing.

Cranberry-Orange Gin Smash

Smooth, tart and a bit of sweet, this cranberry juice cocktail is muddled with fresh cranberries for the brightest flavors. A hint of rosemary gives Cranberry-Orange Gin Smash just a bit of intrigue.  | Time below does not include time to make the sugared cranberries/simple syrup. 
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 188kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


For One Cocktail:

  • 5 Whole Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/4-1/2 oz (7-14g) Simple Syrup* adjust to taste - see note
  • 4-6 Fresh Rosemary Leaves
  • Ice
  • 1 oz (28g) Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz (14g) Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz (14g) Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 oz (42g) Gin I like The Botanist
  • Sugared Cranberries for garnish

For Four Cocktails:

  • 1/3 C (50g) Whole Fresh Cranberries
  • 1-2 oz (28-56g) Simple Syrup* adjust to taste - see note
  • Fresh Rosemary Leaves
  • Ice
  • 1/2 C (112g) Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4 C (56g) Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice I like cara cara, clementines or mandarins
  • 1/4 C (56g) Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 C (168g) Gin I like The Botanist
  • Sugared Cranberries for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, cocktail mixing glass or large canning jar (for batch mixing) add the cranberries, simple syrup and rosemary leaves. Muddle until the cranberries pop.  Add a handful of ice, cranberry juice, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and gin.  Shake or stir. Taste for simple adjustment. Double strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with sugared cranberries and, if desired, a rosemary sprig. 
  • Cocktails can be made up to one day ahead and stored in a lidded container in the refrigerator. 


To make the simple syrup, use the recipe for Sugared Cranberries, half the recipe if you wish. To the sugar mixture, add a sprig of rosemary and a large two inch orange peel (use a vegetable peeler to peel). Proceed as directed in the recipe. 


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg