Cranberry in a Can (Batched Rye-Cranberry Shrub Cocktail)

[Photograph: © Kelly Puleio 2018, resized for publication]

Dee Ann Quinones dreamed up this warming and festive single-spirit drink recipe for the holiday menu at Grace Gaelic Hospitality in New York. It’s perfect for wintertime entertaining because you can make the easy cinnamon-spiced cranberry mixer far ahead of the last-minute chaos, add booze, and offer the drink in a pitcher for guests to serve themselves. Don’t be afraid of the vinegar: It slips in just enough tartness to balance the warm cinnamon and whiskey flavors.

Crushed ice is essential here to give the drink adequate dilution and chill. If you don’t have a Lewis bag and mallet, fill a zipper-lock plastic bag with ice, wrap it in a dish towel, and give it a few wallops with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.

Reprinted with permission from The One-Bottle Cocktail: More Than 80 Recipes With Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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