Ingredients

Candied Cranberries
Type
1/2 cup
cranberries
1 cup
granulated sugar
2 Tbs
water

Cocktail
6 oz
cranberries (or half a bag)
1/4 cup
granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup
water
1 sprig
rosemary
1 peel
orange
2 oz
gin

Ready, aim, fire, it’s Sagittarius season. Sagittarius, represented by the centaur archer, is a mutable fire sign and the 9th on the astrological calendar.

Sagittarians are known risk takers, earth shakers and enthusiastic makers. Sagittarians are smart and fair-minded but they do their own thing and go their own way (and don’t you dare get in their way).

Sagittarius is a mutable sign–mutable meaning it transitions us from one season to the next. This cocktail literally transitions your leftover Thanksgiving cranberries into a festive, late fall cocktail.

While Sagittarians are fair-minded, they will argue (and perhaps preach). So don’t f*uk with a Sagittarius or you’ll end up with an actual bloody lip–they’re a fire sign, after all.

Method

For the candied cranberries:

  1. Cook ½ sugar and 2 TBL water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves
  2. Add cranberries and cook 10-15 minutes. Let mixture stand at room temperature overnight
  3. Drain cranberries and place in a shallow bowl or plate. Coat the cranberries in the remaining sugar and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

For the cocktail:

  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, orange peel, rosemary and 1 ½ cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook until cranberries have popped (about 10 minutes).
  2. Uncover and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Strain through a mesh sieve or strainer, reserving the syrup and discarding the solids.
  4. Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice and add 2 oz gin and 5 oz cranberry syrup; shake vigorously.
  5. Strain and serve in a coupe glass (or a small glass of your choosing).
  6. Stab a few candied cranberries through an archer’s arrow (or a toothpick) for garnish