There are many holiday drinks out there. Some of them are associated with holidays because they warm the drinker up during the winter, and have “holiday” spices, such as nutmeg, or cinnamon. Other holiday drinks are called such because of their dessert-y taste, and they might incorporate chocolate, whipped cream, peppermint, and other ingredients designed to make the drinker feel as though it is a special occasion.
Then, there is a cocktail that simply announces “holiday” through the name. That is certainly the case with the aptly-titled Merry Christmas, a gin-based holiday drink.
- 1 ounce of Plymouth gin
- 1 ounce of cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 8 ounces of club soda
- Fresh or dried cranberries (optional)
- Pour the gin and juices into a Collins glass filled with ice.
- Stir with stirring spoon.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with cranberries (optional).
- Collins glass
- Stirring spoon
It should be noted that club soda can always be substituted with seltzer water for those who arent the biggest soda fans, and that the amount can be adjusted. Essentially, the club soda should fill up the rest of the Collins glass, and by no means needs to be 8 ounces. The holidays are for everyone, even those who dont drink, so the drink can be offered without gin, as a non-alcoholic alternative. The cranberry juice and the accompanying cranberries, optional of course, give the drink a beautiful red hue, which helps the festive nature of the Merry Christmas become that more effective. The Merry Christmas is also known as the Cranberry Gin, as well. A great way to add a last touch, especially if you want to spruce up the drink but arent the biggest fans of cranberries as a garnish, is to add mint leaves to the drink. It should be noted that there are several companies that even sell Christmas gin, should you want to get extra-festive with your cocktail creations. Regardless, enjoy a merry Christmas this holiday season!