Gin, cranberries, and juniper soda, this London proper cocktail is quite the delight. It's a fun and unique spin on the average gin cocktail and, if you love the juniper-heavy gins, then you are really going to enjoy this drink.
This recipe was developed by Lacey Murillo of The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena, California and it does not shy away from juniper. It's a nice change from the recent trend of producing gins that can barely be called gins because they opt to downplay this essential ingredient that defines the spirit. Instead, the London proper celebrates that piney flavor and it all begins with choosing a juniper-forward London dry gin such as Tanqueray or Beefeater.
Originally, this recipe used Dry Juniper Berry Soda, which has since been discontinued. It added a crisp extra juniper element, and it's unfortunate that a substitute is required. There are options: Virginia's Navy Hill offers juniper soda-tonic and you can explore other sodas.
Cranberries are the last defining ingredient in the drink and you will want to use fresh berries. This will probably limit the drink to autumn when cranberries are harvested. The crisp, refreshing taste is worth the annual wait.
Gather the ingredients.
Add the lemon juice, simple syrup, gin, and bitters. Fill with shaker with ice.
Top with soda.
Garnish with two cranberries and an orange twist on a skewer.
Serve and enjoy!
- Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended. The average lemon yields about 1 3/4 ounce of juice, so you can easily get away with squeezing half of one fruit directly into the shaker.
- If you want to bring back that second juniper element, infuse juniper berries into simple syrup. Simply add 1 tablespoon of crushed juniper berries to the standard 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water simple syrup recipe. Let the berries steep for a few hours before straining them out and bottling the syrup. The cocktail can then be topped with club soda.
- Dry Soda Company may no longer offer juniper, but try their lavender or vanilla sodas in this drink.
- Club soda and tonic water are excellent alternatives and the best nonspecialty soda options available for the recipe.
- No cranberries? Substitute another berry into the muddle and enjoy a seasonal twist on this drink. Raspberries, blueberries, even sliced strawberries will work perfectly.