A Not So Classic Cocktail: The Cranberry Daiquiri

by Pamela

classic cocktail, daiquiri recipe, rum drinks, cranberry cocktail

Another year is almost gone.  Some of you are happy about that and some of you are not so happy.  I’m fairly indifferent about the whole situation.  I don’t have anything to complain about, it’s just that I don’t get all wound up in the end of the year mindset that some do.  As I said the other day, in my post, I don’t believe in resolutions.  That being said, I do believe in making changes in yourself or the things that you do to make yourself and your surroundings better.

So while we’re making those changes, or thinking about them, why don’t we have a cocktail? …or more specifically: a classic cocktail…the daiquiri.

I’ve discussed the daiquiri on here before, but possibly in your drunken haze or food coma state you don’t remember the discussion.  Let me refresh your addled brain.  Hemingway (as in Ernest…the writer) is credited for concocting the original daiquiri recipe.  And if he doesn’t strike you as the frozen and whipped cream type, it’s because he wasn’t.  The classic cocktail (known as the daiquiri) contained absolutely no dairy products and the only ice was in cube form.  Yes, his idea of a daiquiri, and the much bastardized version of today, both qualify as rum drinks but one is cool and the other is sissy.  The only way whipped cream is cool, is if it is covering sexy bits and is destined to be licked off.  It should not be topping drinks. <steps off soapbox>

Since I still had a bag of cranberries floating around in my fridge I thought it might be kind of cool to make up a cocktail, that has some holiday flavors in it (and use up some more left overs), for our little NYE get together.  I realize this is not your traditional cranberry cocktail but is anything on my site traditional?  Besides, everyone does champagne drinks for NYE why not be a little different and offer some rum drinks at your bar this year?

And yes, a cranberry cocktail generally has store bought cranberry juice in it.  But making a cranberry simple syrup is a much tastier addition to the cocktail.  Plus, it allowed room for some fresh clementine juice.

So, enjoy!

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Recipe: Cranberry Daquiri Recipe


  • 1 Ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 Ounce Light Rum
  • 1 1/4 Ounce Clementine Juice (from approximately 2 clementines)
  • 2 Teaspoons Cranberry Simple Syrup* (recipe below)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lime Juice


  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients to shaker.
  3. Cover and shake until your hand feels like it’s going to fall off from the cold.
  4. Strain into cocktail glass.
  5. Serve with a couple of cranberries and a clementine twist.

Quick notes

Cranberry Simple Syrup In a small saucepan, over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup cranberries. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves and cranberries pop. Smash cranberries on side of pan. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, strain cranberries from syrup into small covered container and refrigerate.


You can (and should) play with the fruit juices and simple syrup. Different amounts of these things really change the flavor. If you would like a sweeter drink, add more simple syrup.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)


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Lana December 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I was reserving my remaining bag of cranberries for Barb’s Cranberry Liqueur, but now I have to buy another one and try your cocktail.
Yes, I had plenty of arguments over the nature of the original daiquiri and pretty much abhor the frozen, sissy kind (don’t get me started on whipped cream:)
I enjoyed spending time with you Thursday and look forward to seeing you more often this year.
BTW, Vince says that visiting your house last winter is the reason we live in South Bay now:)
Happy New Year to you and Craig! Cheers to getting rid of all unnecessary annoyances!

Priscilla December 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

Ooh, i love adding flavors to my simple syrups and, although not a heavy rum drinker, I’m buying more cranberries just to try this cocktail and toast Hemingway tmro night! Cheers to 2012 and cathartic cleanses 🙂

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