For my #12DaysOfChristmas cocktail, I wanted to do something really different. I got the idea for this ChristmasThyme Cocktail from Inspired by Charm’s “A Very Merry Ornamentini.” I went with his idea for the vessel and garnishes (a clear glass ornament and rosemary and the aforementioned Sparkling Cranberries) but made a completely different cocktail, as I wanted something less sweet and a little herbal. And what a cocktail it is!
This cocktail requires a few steps, but I love that it is easily made ahead and stored in the fridge until the moment when you can wow all your guests. As Inspired by Charm mentioned, this is not a cocktail to make for a party of fifty. Keep it to under ten for your sanity.
First, a day ahead, make the Sparkling Sugared Cranberries. Then pour a cup of gin in a jar and add a handful of dried cranberries. Then make a thyme simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan, simmering until the sugar is dissolved, removing from heat, and then tossing in a few sprigs of thyme. When it’s cool, strain and discard thyme and store in the fridge.
Although not required, this cocktail looks so cute and festive served in a clear ornament and garnished with rosemary and Sparkling Sugared Cranberries. For a gift exchange party I hosted this week, I picked up a few packs of clear plastic ornaments from the dollar section at Target. I whipped up the cocktail (I multiplied the ingredients by 10 and mixed it up in a pitcher) and carefully poured it into the ornaments. It’s best to do this over the sink. I popped the tops back on and stashed them in the fridge in their packaging so they wouldn’t roll around. Right before the party started, I arranged several glasses, popped an ornament in each one and garnished. The delight of my guests made all the effort worth it!
- 1 ounce cranberry-infused gin See Note
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 ounce thyme simple syrup See Note
- Sprigs of rosemary
- Sugared Cranberries
Combine all ingredients into a measuring cup and stir.
Carefully pour into a clean, clear ornament.
Place into glass and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, pour cocktail into an ice filled shaker and shake, straining back into glass.
Garnish with three sugared cranberries and rosemary sprig.
For cranberry-infused gin: pour a cup of gin in a jar and add a handful of dried cranberries.
For thyme simple syrup: combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan, simmering until the sugar is dissolved, removing from heat, and then tossing in a few sprigs of thyme. When it's cool, strain and discard thyme and store in the fridge.