DRAFT Cranberry Sparkler

The Mocktail

Your cocktail is Cranberry Sparkler, a drink with no specific origin story but using common ingredients to create a non-alcoholic refreshing bar staple.

BodyModerate, built of the fizz and sweetness. Full bodied versions have greater tartness from the cranberries or lime, and spice from the ginger
Fruit FlavoursCranberry, Lime 
Other FlavoursGinger 
To Serve Chill to serve

Cranberry Sparkler

There is  very simple and refreshing mocktail that has no specific history, on a par with lime and soda.  Here’s how to make it:

  • 4 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale
  • Lime wedge (for garnish)

Other versions substitute the ginger ale for soda or lemonade, but these can be sweet or insipid.  Like many mocktails this drink can be made too sweet and difficult to enjoy.  Use good quality ginger beer (poor quality will give a saccharine taste when combined with the cranberry) and balance with lime juice as required.

  1. Pour cranberry juice and ginger ale into a glass filled with ice
  2. Gently stir to combine the juices and aerate the mixture
  3. Add lime juice to taste
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge

Tasting Notes

  1. Body: the body is provided by carbonation combined with sweetness.  A good Sparkler will have notable ginger for a puckering spice. Unsweetened cranberry juice will have good acid balance: sweetened juice may use additional lime juice to prevent the sweetness being cloying.
  2. Fruit Flavours: Cranberry, lime
  3. Other Flavours: Ginger

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