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Photo by Lara Ferroni

Northern Lights

This sparkling cocktail gets saucy, thanks to several barspoons of a favorite holiday condiment. “It’s the perfect welcome drink at any holiday soirée,” says Los Angeles bartender David Delaney Jr. “It’s light and refreshing, and who doesn’t want to kick off the night with some bubbly?”


1 oz. gin
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1), or to taste
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 barspoons cranberry sauce (use homemade or the highest-quality you can find)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz. sparkling wine

Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: flute
Garnish: 2-3 fresh cranberries, skewered on a cocktail pick


Combine all ingredients, except the sparkling wine, in a shaker and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish.


The sweetness of cranberry sauce can vary depending on your recipe, so be sure to adjust the amount of syrup you use based on your preferred level of sweetness.


David Delaney Jr., Los Angeles