Let This Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail with Cranberries Bring You Holiday Joy

12.13.17 - BY Nona Raybern
Rosemary Gin Fizz

Nothing says Winter is Here more than a Rosemary Gin Fizz. Add some cranberry to the mix and you’ve got every Friday night sorted from here until Spring.

Egg white cocktails are a classic in the bartending world. Used in everything from classic gin fizzes to classic whiskey sours, the egg white makes the flavors froth just right.They are smooth and creamy without being milky or greasy, like some cocktails that contain cream (hello there, White Russian drinkers). So, are they easy to make at home? You don’t need to be a professional bartender to make good drinks. You just need the right barware and equipment.

First up, a good strainer. Something solid that won’t let bits get into your drinks, whether ice or herbs or citrus. The Endurance® Classic Cocktail Strainer is a great all-purpose strainer to have in a home bar kit. Add extra mileage with a good Fine Mesh Strainer, because nobody likes picking herbs out of their teeth while drinking. You can also class things up at your home bar with the reusable Endurance® Cocktail Picks.

Alongside that, you also want to have a sturdy citrus juicer, because so many cocktail recipes call for lemon, lime, or some other citrus. The Endurance® Lemon & Lime Juicer is about as sturdy as it gets. You can use it for cooking in general, but if you want to impress with your bar collection, add this bad boy in there.

Now, here’s the trick to really getting those egg whites whipped up. Use the straining spring as a whisk! Remove the spring and place it into the shaker with the egg whites. Shake hard and fast, for at least two minutes. Yes, this is precisely why every bartender you meet has great arm muscles. Just shake, shake, shake and when you think you’ve shaken enough, shake just a little more.

Now, remove the spring, add ice and the remaining ingredients and…you guess it, SHAKE SOME MORE! Like, only for one more minute though.

This move is what we call a “double strain” and is a great trick for this holiday gin cocktail: straining through the cocktail strainer into a mesh strainer. It removes larger bits of ice, herbs, citrus, really anything that can ruin the texture of the drink. It also pushes the egg whites through the strainer to get a really even consistency on those bubbles.

Now, the next step is important. You can drink the Rosemary Gin Fizz without the soda water, but the soda water helps in really bringing out the creaminess of the egg white. And, as always, don’t forget the garnish!

Cheers to the perfect Rosemary Gin Fizz!

Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail with Cranberries

This Winter egg white cocktail is the perfect treat for a low key gathering of close friends. Smooth, creamy, herbaceous, and a little bubbly. 

Course

Drinks
Cuisine

Classic Cocktails

Prep Time 5 minutes

Servings 1 person

Ingredients

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1
    cup
    Sugar
  • 1
    cup
    Water
  • 4
    sprigs
    Rosemary

Rosemary Gin Fizz

  • 1
    Egg White
    Shaken Vigorously
  • 2
    oz
    Gin
  • 1/2
    oz
    Lemon Juice
  • 1
    oz
    Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 1
    spoonful
    Cranberry sauce
  • Splash
    Soda water

Instructions

For the Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add Rosemary sprigs. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, to fully infuse flavor. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and strain.

For the Rosemary Gin Fizz

  1. Place egg white into cocktail shaker, along with the straining spring from a cocktail strainer. Close with lid or pint glass and shake vigorously for 2 minutes, until egg white is fluffy and resembles whipped cream. Remove straining spring, rinse, and reattach to strainer. Add ice, gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, and cranberry jelly to shaker. Replace lid and shake vigorously for 1 minutes. 

    Double strain using cocktail strainer and small fine mesh conical strainer into coupe or collins glass.  Top with soda water. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary. Serve immediately.