Heres #3 of 10 cocktails I will be sharing with you, all made with Double Dutch tonics from their Explorer pack – a mixed case of tonics so you never have to drink dull!

I would usually serve this cocktail from Autumn onwards, as the leaves start to fall and the nights draw in, the cranberries give you that seasonal feeling – in fact it’s a fantastic Christmas party serve!

The tart flavour of the cranberries is balanced by the fragrant ginger spice in the tonic. Note that this is a flavoured tonic rather than a ginger ale or ginger beer so the ginger flavour sits on the palette rather than being aggressive.

The gin I use with this cocktail is Oystermen Gin, a locally produced, Essex gin. The infusion of oyster leaf combined with a hint of Spanish lemon and a twist of Japanese sansho pepper set off the cranberry and ginger perfectly.

If you can’t get hold of Oystermen Gin, I would recommend using a gin that has a hint of citrus or spice for a flavour treat.

I have heightened the citrus and cranberry flavours in this cocktail, using rosemary as a garnish with its earthy, woody tones to compliment the lemon flavour in the drink.

How to make the cranberry crush gin cocktail

Serves 1

  • 50ml Oystermen Gin
  • 20ml Cranberry Juice
  • 10ml freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Crushed Ice
  • Ice Cubes
  • Double Dutch Cranberry and Ginger Tonic
  • Rosemary Sprig to garnish


  1. Place some crushed ice into a gin glass.
  2. Put the ice cubes, gin, cranberry juice and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigourously.
  3. Strain over the crushed ice in your glass.
  4. Top with cranberry and ginger tonic.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

When the nights start drawing in, you now have a perfect companion to sit in front of the fire and enjoy a light but seasonal cocktail.