Cranberry Shirley Temple

Arguably the most famous mocktail in the world gets a celebratory glow-up with cranberry simple syrup and the pleasant “bite” of ginger beer. Flavourful, fun, and fizzy, it’s a festive choice for the younger crowd, the DD, or anyone who opts for holiday spirit without the spirits.

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Shirley Temple
  • Scale OR dry measuring cups
  • Large liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Heatproof spatula OR wooden spoon
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Tall glasses (e.g. Collins or highball glasses) x 2
2 servings / 1¼ cups (313 ml) simple syrup
For the cranberry simple syrup:
  • 1½ cup (165 g) fresh cranberries (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 1 cup (217 g) Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
  • ¾ cup (188 ml) water
For the spirit-free cocktail:
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • 1½ cup (375 ml) ginger beer (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) cranberry simple syrup, chilled
Garnishes (optional):
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Lime slices
For the cranberry simple syrup:
Step 1

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine cranberries, the Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar, and water. Place on medium heat and bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries have burst and softened; 20 minutes.

Step 2

Strain the cranberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup. Gently press down on the fruit to extract as much liquid as possible (see Chef’s Tips). Cool to room temperature and place into the fridge to chill completely (see Chef’s Tips). Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (see Chef’s Tips).

For the spirit-free cocktail:
Step 1

Fill 2 tall glasses with ice. Add 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of lime juice into each glass. Pour ¾ cup (188 ml) of ginger beer into each glass. Slowly drizzle 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the prepared cranberry simple syrup into each glass.

Step 2

Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime, if desired.

Step 3

Serve. Stir before drinking.

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