There are few things more glamourous and soul healing than a cocktail in the early afternoon. And I mean a proper cocktail. One that requires use of your shaker and fancy ice.
Afternoon cocktails, be them shrubs or fizzes or flips, must be executed with a certain proficiency, (ideally by some barman with a grand mustache). Recipes and formulas must be followed, preferably from memory. And an understanding of time is essential; how diluted must the liquor be? how quickly must you strain it into the cold coupe glass? These are things your seasoned well-mannered mustachioed barman knows. Things we read about but rarely practice.
Winter has come to New England. I know so because the sky goes dark by three-o’clock and the thirst takes hold. A cocktail, such as this one, is best enjoyed with a few friends. Ideally those who have endured a similar day to yours and will, most mercifully, forgive your appearance should you not look the part of the mysterious femme fatale in red lipstick.
A cocktail done well is transformative. We all look the part when sipping delicately.
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Cranberry Gin Fizz:
In a shaker, combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Pour into a well chilled glass and top with soda water. Enjoy
*The cranberry simple syrup can be made by boiling 1:1 ratio of water and sugar and adding a handful of fresh cranberries. Cook until they burst and turn the syrup a bright pink.
**all lime, or all lemon juice is a fine substitute for the half-and-half.