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Sparkling Cranberry and Gin Cocktail

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Today is a glorious day! Not only am I participating in a virtual wedding shower for the amazing Nelly of Cooking With Books but it’s also the kick off of The 12 Boozy Days of Christmas! Remember that event? I did it last year too. Basically for the next twelve straight days I will feature one delicious holiday cocktail. Why? Why not! It’s Christmas. It’s time to get liquored up!

Now, onto my wonderful friend Nelly. Nelly is marrying the love of her life this weekend and I’m honored to be part of this party.  Nelly is funny, caring and an all around great friend. Brian is one lucky man!

Elizabeth of the blog Asian in America wrote a lovely little intro for our party:

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“And …I said YESSSSS!”

It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.

So here we are,Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian,all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!


Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.

Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.

Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.

Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.

Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.

Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available. Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.

Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life!

(Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen)

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So, what treat am I bringing for the bride-to-be….a delicious gin cocktail! Gin should always be present at any get together. Especially a wedding shower Smile

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Sparkling Cranberry & Gin Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink


4 ice cubes
4 ounces dry gin
1 can (8.4oz) Ocean Spray sparkling cranberry juice
1 lime wedge
4 Whole cranberries

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Add ice cubes to highball glass.

Add gin and sparkling cranberry juice. Squeeze lime into drink and give a gentle stir. Garnish with lime slice and whole cranberries.

Makes 1 drink. However, I recommend drinking more 🙂

*Ocean Spray has no idea who I am…I just like their sparkling cranberry juice.

Also a big thank you to Sanjeetakk at Lite Bite for putting together this party, and Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for the beautiful logo 🙂

Make sure to check out all the other goodies that were brought the Virtual Wedding Shower!



About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Magic of Spice

Saturday 10th of December 2011

Congratulations to them both...such fun to have a virtual wedding shower. And really fun to have 12 days of boozy Christmas :) Lovely cocktail!

Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

Saturday 10th of December 2011

What a delish cocktail...and I love that gorgeous photo! Glad to do this event with you for Nelly. And thanks for using my intro, so nice of you! Happy Holidays & wish you much happiness, as well....I overheard you're getting married, too?!!! Woohoo! All the best to you both!


Friday 9th of December 2011

What a way to kick off the 12 days! And the virtual shower! I love cranberry in my mixed drinks.


Friday 9th of December 2011

Thank you for bringing this to the virtual bridal shower hosted by Sanjeeta! ;-) Looking forward to your posts and tweets!


Friday 9th of December 2011

Looks so pretty and festive. I'd be on my rear if I drank 4 oz. of gin, however. Anyone want to share?


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