This Orange Ginger Gin Cocktail is refreshing, slightly sweet, and the perfect choice when you’re looking for something fun and fruity to sip.
Cranberry, orange, and ginger team up with some herbaceous gin to create your new favorite happy hour drink.
When it comes to cranberry juice, a little goes a long way. It has a tendency to take over, rather than compliment, other flavors. But it gets balanced out when paired with other bold flavors like ginger and orange.
I love using a gin in this cocktail with a strong herb profile. Knickerbocker Gin, from Michigan-based New Holland Distillery, is my pick. You could also use Bombay gin in this drink. If you’re not a big fan of gin, go for a more neutral tasting gin like Beefeater or Aviation.
What You Need
- Gin (I love New Holland Knickerbocker)
- Ginger liqueur
- Cranberry juice
- An orange
- Ginger syrup (recipe below)
- Aromatic bitters
How to Make an Orange Ginger Gin Cocktail
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well and strain into a glass.
Garnish with fresh cranberries or an orange slice.
How to Make Ginger Syrup
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Heat the water to boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Peel and slice the ginger.
Add to the hot water and sugar mixture.
Allow to cool to room temperature.
Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
Tips on Orange Ginger Gin Cocktail
Yes! Fresh juice is important here. Don’t use bottled orange juice. Take a minute and squeeze a fresh orange or clementine.
Look for 100% Cranberry Juice, not Cranberry Juice Cocktail. If you use Cranberry Juice Cocktail, your drink will turn out sweeter than intended.
Be sure to make the ginger syrup ahead of time so it can completely cool and chill before you use it.
You can use a 3-4 slices of crystallized ginger in the syrup if you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand.
The longer you leave the ginger in the syrup, the stronger the flavor will be. I don't remove my ginger pieces until the syrup is all gone.