Gin and Tonic for Christmas

A Gin and Tonic Recipe for Christmas by @cookthestory

While I do like a celebratory fancy drink here and there, I tend  to stick to the basics. Gin and Tonic is something that I never used to like but it has grown on me. I now happily sip on one as a pre-dinner drink if we’re out for a nice meal. And since I’ve come to like them so much, I hate to mess with them.

This easy little drink recipe barely alters the flavor of your classic G&T but it does add a ton of holiday flare. Instead of squeezing in some lemon or lime, you squeeze a few cranberries. These add a similar sourness to the drink and a pretty color. The sprig of rosemary sticking out of the glass is not just a garnish. The piney scent of the rosemary enhances the herby flavor of gin without drastically altering it.

The result is a nice classic Gin and Tonic with a holiday twist.

Oh, and when it gets to be warm weather, you should definitely make this gin and tonic with fresh watermelon. SO good!

Gin and tonic with fresh watermelon

Enjoy your Gin and Tonic

Gin and Tonic with a Holiday Twist

Easy, pretty and tasty. What more could you ask from a holiday drink?


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3 ounces of chilled tonic
  • a nice handful of frozen whole cranberries (about 25 of them)
  • a sprig of rosemary


  1. Put 4 of the cranberries into a small bowl and top with cool water. Set aside. Leave the rest of the cranberries in the freezer until you're ready for them.
  2. Pour the gin and the tonic into a tall glass.
  3. Squeeze the four cranberries over the glass such that a bit of their bright red juice plops into the gin and tonic. (At this point I honestly think it looks more like a Halloween drink than a Christmas drink but stick with me. It will look very pretty very soon!).
  4. Add the remaining frozen whole cranberries.
  5. Stick the rosemary sprig into the glass and use it to stir everything around.
  6. Drink.

A Gin and Tonic Recipe for Christmas by @cookthestory

5 Responses to “Gin and Tonic for Christmas”

  1. Michelle — December 19, 2012 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    Please, please, please have lots of these for me :) I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas — I hope to see more of you in the new year (obviously we need to do more presentations together so we can hang out more)!!

    • Christine Pittman — December 21, 2012 @ 10:18 am (#)

      lol! I’m on it! Well, maybe I won’t have lots of these for you right now at 10am on a Friday morning. But I promise to have at least one for you tonight…and to make one for you next Christmas too. I miss hanging out with you guys. You’re right, we should start brainstorming our next panel for CFLBlogCon. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!


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