Cranberry Smash

cranberry smashr-crdt lara ferroniA bowl of cranberries inspired this fresh, seasonal riff on the traditional spirit-forward smash, which picks up a subtle savory note from the addition of fresh rosemary. “The drink screams wintry flavors to me,” says Detroit bartender David Kwiatkowski of his cranberry cocktail.

2 oz. cranberry-infused gin
1 barspoon Demerara sugar
¼ of a fresh lemon, diced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
5-6 fresh cranberries
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: 3 fresh cranberries skewered on a rosemary sprig

Combine the rosemary, cranberries, sugar and diced lemon in a shaker and muddle. Add the gin and shake hard with ice cubes. Strain over one large ice cube into a rocks glass and garnish.

Cranberry-Infused Gin: Combine a 750 mL. bottle of dry gin in a quart-sized jar with 1 cup fresh, gently muddled cranberries. Let macerate for 1 week before straining into a clean glass bottle.

David Kwiatkowski, The Sugar House, Detroit

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