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Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme ~ #ChristmasWeek

Tart cranberry and sweet orange get fizzy with some gin and a hint of earthy thyme.

Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

The holiday season is upon us–Christmas music is blaring, stockings hang from the mantle, and the oven is working overtime pumping out holiday baked goods. Today marks the first day of our epic week of Christmas baked goods.

Holiday baking calls for getting jolly in the kitchen with a fizzy holiday-inspired libation. This cranberry-orange gin fizz with thyme is the perfect holiday drink to share with friends and family while cooking up your holiday meal.

Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker

I tested this cocktail out on my friends and family (don’t feel bad for them, that’s their job) over the Thanksgiving holiday. My mom fell in love with it and has been pestering me for more ever since the bird came out of the oven.

Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker

One of my favorite things to do is shake up a good cocktail. In my past life, I truly believe I was a bartender. What you’ll need:

-Gin (I prefer Beefeater)
-Cointreau or Triple Sec
-Cranberry juice
-Cranberry Sprite or Cranberry Sierra Mist
-Oranges
-A few sprigs of thyme
-Frozen cranberries for garnish (optional)
-Cocktail shaker
-Fancy glasses
-Ice
Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker

Grab your shaker and add the gin, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and a sprig of thyme. Muddle the thyme to bruise the leaves and realese its earthy flavor. Add a handful of ice, cranberry juice, and the juice of half an orange. Give the mixture a few vigorous shakes.

Jennie’s definition of vigorous shaking: When one is vigorously shaking correctly, the butt has no choice but to jiggle with every shake. Vigorous cocktail shaking=butt jiggling. So, rock the shaker like you mean it.

Pour over ice and top with cranberry soda and garnish with frozen cranberries, an orange wedge, and sprig of thyme.

Cranberry Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker

The only thing left on the list is to drink. Sink back into a comfy chair next to the glow of the Christmas tree or warm fire and let the fizzy bubbles go to your head.

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Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Cranberry Sprite
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add gin, triple sec, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the thyme to release the essential oils.
  2. Add cranberry juice, orange juice, and a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker. Give the mixture a few good shakes.
  3. Pour over ice and top with cranberry sprite.

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70 Responses to “Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme ~ #ChristmasWeek”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — December 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I want 10 of these to drink the entire day! They are so beautiful!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I got your back, Jocelyn :)

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — December 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This drink sounds amazing! My mom has been nagging me about a fizzy pomegranate cocktail I made for Thanksgiving, too… I wonder if I could quench her thirst with one of these, instead? Also, I completely approve of your definition of vigorous shaking… there’s no other way to do it! I just tell myself, if it’s jiggling, it’s getting a workout… right? :P

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I don’t think your mom will say no to a purdy beverage, no matter what kind. Cocktail shaking is my main source of exercise for my booty.

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    Nicole S. — December 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I would try and make some type of soup which would be great for this cold Chicago weather!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Soup is perfect for cold winter nights. Thanks for visiting, Nicole!

      Reply

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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — December 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Is it too early for one of these? *hiccup*

    Happy day #1!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      We’ll keep it between us :)

      Reply

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    Helene D'Souza — December 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    We prefer cool beverages such as your gorgeous cranberry orange gin fizz during christmas time because it can be so hot here in the day. Now I just have to get a pool and I am good to go! =D Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      How fun it would be to swim during the holidays. This cocktail would look very sexy poolside.

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    Stacy — December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this one since you post the beautimous photo, Jennie. Thank you for putting it on day 1 and not making us wait!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Aw, thanks, Stacy!

      Reply

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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — December 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I couldn’t wait till you posted this recipe!!! I’m a gin chick and LOVE thyme in everything!!! Gorgeous!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      I heart gin, too! Thanks, Sam.

      Reply

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    Mom — December 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    My mouth is watering, I will expect delivery by 5pm on Saturday…
    They are the best of your creations yet..

    And her butt really jiggles when she is shaking the shaker.. :)

    Love you!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Well, hello, mother. Such demanding expectations you have. I’ll be there drinks in hand :)

      Reply

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    Kate | Food Babbles — December 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, your definition of vigorous shaking had me cracking up!!! Love this festive cocktail. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew I needed to have it in my life. Perfect for the holidays!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks, Kate. Gotta love a good butt jiggle :)

      Reply

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — December 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    LOVE cranberry cocktails. I made a great one for Thanksgiving and now I really want to try yours. Sounds like a great combination!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks, Rachel. It’s cranberry season, and I’m lovin’ it!

      Reply

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    Liz — December 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    What a gorgeous cocktail, Jennie!!! The color is perfect for the holidays…and it sounds irresistible!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Liz!

      Reply

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    Aimee @ See Aimee Cook — December 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I want to jump into the picture those are so gorgeous!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Aimee!

      Reply

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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — December 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And it looks so refreshing and festive too! Love it!

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    Kim Bee — December 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This is my favourite recipe thus far. You set the bar high woman, really high. The photos are gorgeous. You are joining us for Cocktail Day right?

    SO happy you joined us for Christmas Week. Excited to see what else you have in store for us.

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      You are so sweet, Kim. Thank you so much for inviting me and for all of your hard work and dedication. Psht, of course I’m joining you for Cocktail Day. That’s, like, my day :)

      Reply

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    Hezzi-D — December 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! I’d love a glass of this gin fizz right now!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I have extra ingredients!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — December 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I just can’t get over how gorgeous these are, and I am sure taste amazing!

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    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Aw, thanks, Brianne. It’s one of my favorite cocktails.

      Reply

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    Sarah W. — December 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This looks like the perfect holiday drink, I can’t wait to try it! I’m always looking for good gin cocktails beyond the basic gin and tonic!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      I love a good gin and tonic, but I like a little jazz during the holidays. Thanks, Sarah!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Yum yum yum! I’ll take a whole pitcher please!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Yes, a pitcher!

      Reply

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    Kim - Liv Life — December 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Oh my goodness!!! What a fabulous cocktail, and just what is needed during this busy, busy season. We all need a little break once in a while, don’t we?? Thank you!!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      A break is a must this time of year. Shake yourself a cocktail and kick your feet up. Thanks, Kim!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 10, 2013 at 2:06 am

    This drink is so gorgeous and looks so refreshing! I need a glass, stat!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I have the fix’ins in my pantry; come on over!

      Reply

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    CarrieAyn — December 10, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Yummo! I just finished making a list of things I need. I WILL be sipping this tomorrow night. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I’m so excited for you, Carrieayn. Let me know how you like it.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Yummy. And great new site look!!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks, Anita!

      Reply

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    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — December 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Yummy! These look beautiful… I LOVE the colors.

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    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks, Brandie!

      Reply

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    Laura — December 11, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I was a bartender for a few summers and this looks so yummy.

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    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Laura. I would really like to bartend.

      Reply

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    shannon — December 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    …aaaand i have my holiday cocktail nailed down. courtesy of you. :)

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    • Jennie replied December 11th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      So glad I could help. Wanna add me to the guest list?

      Reply

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    Jodee Weiland — December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! What a great idea for the holidays!

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    • Jennie replied December 12th, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much, Jodee.

      Reply

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    Brenda Higgins — December 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Salsa

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Love, love, LOVE IT! I need this cocktail in my life…ASAP! All of my favorite flavors are here…even the fresh thyme. Cannot wait to make this cocktail for Christmas! Gorgeous styling and photography, too, girl. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Pinning! xo

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    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Stacy. This is definitely a favorite of mine.

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    Laura Dembowski — December 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Such a beautiful cocktail! This will definitely make the holidays more festive!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Whoa. These pictures are gorgeous! How in the world did you do it?! Drinks and glass in general is so difficult!

    And this drink looks amazing. Yum.

    Reply

    • Jennie replied January 3rd, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Erin. Yeah, glass is a bit fickle. I’ve already had photos with a reflection of something in the glass without realizing it until after the photos were edited and posted–oops! I used a reflecter board to the left and behind the glasses. It helped big time.

      Reply

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