Cranberry Christmas Punch

Green, red and oh-so-delicious.

Our favorite kind of Christmas cocktail? One that tastes as good as it looks. This one fits the bill with subdued reds, a bit of green from fresh thyme sprigs, and a pretty paper straw to match.


For the Cranberry Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup cranberries

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

For the Cocktail:

  • 2 oz. gin

  • 3/4 oz. Cranberry Syrup (see below) 

  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz. elderflower liquor

  • Ice

  • Club soda

  • Fresh cranberries, to garnish

  • 2 sprig fresh thyme, to garnish


  • Make the Cranberry Syrup: Simmer cranberries, granulated sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and cranberries break down, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in 4 sprigs fresh thyme. Cool to room temperature. Strain; discard solids.

  • Make the Cocktail: Combine gin, Cranberry Syrup, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liquor, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled; strain into 2 glasses. Top with ice and club soda. Garnish each drink with fresh cranberries and 1 sprig fresh thyme.