This festive holiday drink combines ingredients native to New England and the Caribbean, longtime partners in alcoholic beverage production. Had someone in Maine figured out how to juice cranberries in the late 18th century, it’s a combination that wouldn’t have been out of the question when ships carrying molasses, spices and other then-exotic ingredients came from the West Indies to Portland and other New England ports, where the molasses was used to make rum.
Despite the island flavors of rum, lime and ginger, the Cranberry-Ginger Breeze seems better suited to sipping by a warm winter fire than from a chair on a sunny, sandy beach. And today, the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, is a perfect day to enjoy one.
I especially like this cocktail because it’s not too sweet, thanks to the lime juice and ginger beer. If you prefer a sweeter drink, use gingerale instead, but be sure to choose cranberry juice with no added sugar.
1 1/2 ounces amber rum (we like Eight Bells from New England Distilling or Ration from Maine Craft Distilling)
3 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry juice “cocktail”)
1 tablespoon lime juice
Fresh cranberries for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add rum, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake well and pour into ice filled cocktail glass.
Fill glass with ginger beer and float 2-3 fresh cranberries on top for garnish.