Make sure you’re winning at the festive season with homemade cranberry cocktails! This gin makes a wonderful gift or an addition to your Christmas drinks party.

Serves: makes 700ml
Prep time: 30 mins plus 4 weeks to steep
Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 200g Cranberries
  • 500ml Gin
  • 160g sugar
  • 60ml water
  • 750ml sterilised preserving jar
  • Muslin


  1. Wash the cranberries and put into a sterilised preserving jar. Pour over the gin, seal the lid and put in a dark cool cupboard to steep for at least 4 weeks. In the first week invert the bottle every other day and once a week for the rest of the time.
  2. Once the berries have steeped and you’re ready to bottle, put the sugar and water into a small saucepan over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Strain the now flavoured gin into a jug through some muslin. Add the sugar syrup and stir. Pour the finished gin into a sterilised bottle and label.

Note: The gin will be more or less sweet as the natural sweetness of the berries varies. It’s a good idea to add half of the sugar syrup and try, add more to suit the berries and your taste.

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