A refreshing, festive cranberry cocktail for all your winter celebrations, a Blushin' Russian is a beautiful twist on a traditional Italian soda.
What is a Blushin' Russian?
A Blushin' Russian is a beautiful twist on a traditional Italian soda. This stunning holiday cocktail is easy to fix and makes a dreamy, creamy, festive addition to any winter celebration. Our own unique concoction, the Blushin' Russian was created expressly with our spiced simple syrup in mind, but you can make it with plain simple syrup as well.
Mocktail Version: Because each cocktail is created individually, it is easy to mix it as a mocktail, so everyone can enjoy one. Simply omit the vodka for a refreshing, kid-friendly version!
What Goes into this Recipe
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
★ Cranberry ginger ale: Canada Dry and Schwepps both make a cranberry ginger ale. It can sometimes be difficult to find in August, but it is almost always stocked during the holiday season.
If you can't find cranberry ginger ale, you can use 6 ounces of regular ginger ale and 1 ounce of cranberry juice. (This ginger ale + cranberry juice solution is actually what we do most often.)
★ Half-and-half: You can use heavy cream, but we prefer to use half-and-half for a lighter drink.
★ Spiced simple syrup: This ginger-forward homemade simple syrup is so versatile and delicious! You can use plain simple syrup, but the cocktail won't be as gingery.
You can also use a plain simple syrup, paired with a high-quality, strongly flavor ginger ale in place of the cranberry ginger ale. (We like Reed's Extra-Ginger Beer) In this case, add 1-2 tablespoons of cranberry juice to the mix.
How to Mix a Blushin' Russian
Fill a tall glass tumbler with ice. Pour cranberry ginger ale, vodka, and simple syrup into the glass and stir gently to mix. Slowly pour in half-and-half, allowing it to flow gently into the glass.
Garnish with mint leaves and Spiced Sugared Cranberries and serve immediately.
Omit vodka for a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly mocktail.
FAQs & Expert Tips
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- 1 tall glass
- 6 ounces cranberry ginger ale
- 1½ ounces spiced simple syrup
- 1½ ounces half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1½ ounces vodka Omit for Mocktail
- Fill a tall glass tumbler with ice. Pour cranberry ginger ale, vodka, and simple syrup into glass. Stir gently to mix. Omit vodka for non-alcoholic, kid-friendly mocktail.
- Slowly pour in half-and-half.
- Garnish with mint leaves and Spiced Sugared Cranberries.Serve immediately.
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