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Carmen B’s Christmaspolitan

Carmen Bronsch, Habanero Consulting Inc.
Carmen Bronsch

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We started making Christmaspolitans in December 2020, when an awesome cocktail bar called Proof here in Calgary was selling their syrups to craft seasonal cocktails at home. I am usually dubbed the Christmas bartender at the Bronsch household, so I was sourcing cocktail recipes to add to my holiday repertoire. I ended up making a few in cans and giving them to my friends as holiday gifts, and they were a hit!



Spiced cranberry syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Christmaspolitan cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¼ ounce St-Germain
  • ¼ ounce dry vermouth
  • ½ ounce lime jice
  • 1 ounce spiced cranberry syrup


For the spiced cranberry syrup

Step 1

Add the cranberries to a blender or food processor and combine until almost liquid. If they are frozen, add just a touch of water to help them liquefy.

Step 2

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the water.

Step 3

Add the cranberry blend and spices.

Step 4

Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir until it starts to thicken (about 2 minutes).

Step 5

Remove from heat and strain the mixture using a strainer or sheet of cheesecloth to remove the small cranberry bits. If the mixture is too thick, return to stovetop and add more water.

Step 6

Transfer to a covered jar and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

For the Christmaspolitan cocktail

Step 1

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

Step 2

Fill with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds.

Step 3

Strain into a glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Cheers!

Video from Carmen

Photos from Carmen

A ruby red cocktail in a stemmed coupe glass sits on a marble tabletop in front of bottles of vodka, St-Germain and vermouth.
Ingredients for a Christmaspolitan and the final result.
A wooden spoon stirs cinnamon into a pot of cranberry sauce as seen from above.
Spiced cranberry syrup in the making.
 A man and woman leaning in close to each other, smile and raise their cocktail glasses, gesturing , cheers!
Carmen and her partner, Dan, enjoy a Christmaspolitan.

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