Red Christmas gin in a glass

Christmas Cranberry Gin (A Red Christmas Gin)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 litre (4 cups/40 shots) 1x


A Christmas Cranberry Gin recipe. Deep red, a touch sweet, a hint of bitter, this is the most delicious Christmas Gin there is! So easy to make! (Total time does not include the 1 month of infusion time.)



  • 400500g (about 1 lb)) frozen cranberries
  • 1 litre (4 cups) good quality gin
  • 100200g (3.5-7 oz) white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved


If the cranberries are not frozen, place them in the freezer overnight, and get your infusion going the next day.

  1. Place the cranberries, gin and 100g of the sugar into a large, sterilised jar, and give it a good stir.
  2. Cover and place in a dark place for a minimum of 1 month. I place mine in a kitchen cupboard. Stir it every other day, or as often as you remember to! About every 2-3 days, I squash the cranberries with the back of a spoon, when I’m stirring the mix.
  3. At the end of 3 weeks, taste it, and add more sugar if you think it needs it. Steep it for another week.
  4. To drink, strain through a sieve or, if you like a crystal clear gin, strain though a double layer of muslin or cheese cloth into a sterilised bottle. Store in a dark cupboard as you would your other drinks.


Total time does not include the 1 month of infusion time.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: British