Cran & Tonic





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After tennis, or cricket if that’s more your thing


Cran & Tonic

I’m from New England so a Cape Codder, or cranberry vodka spritzer as you land lubbers may call it, was a mainstay in my early drinking life. Fast forward 20 years or so to my more, ahem, sophisticated palate and it felt like this classic was read to up it’s game. Enter the Cran & Tonic. With the Craneberry liqueur from a great Boston distiller it still has a nod to my roots, but it’s elevated with tonic water, a beautiful local gin, and a dash of local bitters. A welcome twist on an old mainstay…

Let’s Get Stirrin’


1 Shots Box mini bottle (50ml) of Sipsong Spirits Indira Gin

½ oz Grand Ten Craneberry Liqueur

Fever-Tree Tonic Water

Dash of Cranberry Bitters (we used Seven Stills, but they’re no longer making bitters. Here’s a great alternative you can order online.)

Wedge of lime and thinly sliced cranberry, if you’re feeling fancy, to garnish


Mix gin & cranberry liqueur, add ice, top with tonic water and add a dash (4-6 drops) of cranberry bitters. Garnish with lime and sliced fresh cranberry if you have them. Sip and imagine yourself on a beautiful New England beach!

…but am I going to like it?

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 30% 30%
  • Sour 45% 45%
  • Spiritous 35% 35%
  • Refreshing 75% 75%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 25% 25%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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