Sometimes you can actually taste the hard work and love put into a cocktail. This rings true every time you have a drink at Cana Wine & Cocktails. Bartender Becky Reynolds brings the same care and love to every cocktail she shakes up. Her Cranberry Fizz is so good, we weren’t sure that she would share the recipe with us. But that’s the kind of gal she is. Consider yourself lucky.
Here is Becky, mid-shake, with her game face on. The purpose of this initial shake is to chill the ingredients while also creating an emulsion.
Once that exciting minute has passed, strain the mixture, and dump out the ice. The next step is to dry shake (without ice) for two full minutes. Yes, two whole minutes. Becky will be the first to tell you this drink is a proper workout. She says once her right arm begins to tucker out, she’ll switch arms and keep going. Here she shows us her technique:
Many fizz recipes will have you dry shake (without ice) initially, then shake with ice the second time, but Becky assures us that reversing this process creates a better foam in the end.
After the two minutes have passed, pour out the mixture into a fizz glass, all the way to the top. It should be creamy and foamy with tiny bubbles throughout. The concoction now has to sit for three minutes. The foam will begin to separate and rise to the top of the glass, leaving the gin elixir to settle at the bottom.
Immediately after pouring
After sitting for three minutes
And now for the magic! Carefully add a splash of sparkling cranberry juice. (If the juice won’t go through the barrier of foam, you can use a cocktail stirrer to poke a hole through the top.) If you did all of your homework, the payoff should be foam magically rising straight out of the vertical glass, with no spillover.
It’s really imperative to use these drink-specific fizz glasses. Their tall and vertical shape allows the foam to rise without compromising its form. It has nowhere to go but up.
Garnish with a tiny sprig of rosemary and you’re on your way to a fantastic holiday treat!
“Go flex your biceps in the mirror and admire the fruits of your labor.” -Becky Reynolds