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A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe

A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe


Have you ever experienced a Minnesota goodbye? It’s that moment when you say goodbye to someone, but the conversation continues for another 20 minutes before you can finally leave. Well, just like a Minnesota goodbye, this Cranberry French 75 cocktail recipe will keep you coming back for more. It’s a delightful twist on a classic cocktail that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

The Perfect Blend

Imagine the tartness of cranberries infused with the sparkling effervescence of champagne. Now add a touch of sweetness and a hint of citrus, and you’ve got yourself a Cranberry French 75. It’s the perfect blend of flavors that will transport you to a cozy cabin in the Minnesota woods.

Cranberries – The Star Ingredient

Let’s start with the star ingredient – cranberries. These little red berries are not only packed with antioxidants but also add a vibrant pop of color to your cocktail. They bring a tartness that cuts through the sweetness of the champagne, balancing the flavors perfectly.

Champagne – The Bubbly Elixir

Next up, we have champagne – the bubbly elixir that adds a touch of luxury to any drink. The effervescence of champagne adds a lightness to the cocktail, making it refreshing and oh-so-satisfying. It’s like sipping on a glass of celebration.

The Recipe

Now that we know the stars of the show, let’s dive into the recipe. Remember, this is a Minnesota goodbye, so take your time and savor every sip.

Step 1: Muddle the Cranberries

Start by muddling a handful of fresh cranberries in a cocktail shaker. This will release their juices and infuse the cocktail with their vibrant flavor.

Step 2: Add the Sweetness

Next, add a touch of sweetness by pouring in some simple syrup. This will balance out the tartness of the cranberries and give the cocktail a well-rounded taste.

Step 3: The Citrus Twist

Add a twist of citrus by squeezing in some fresh lemon juice. This will brighten up the cocktail and add a zesty kick that complements the other flavors perfectly.

Step 4: Shake, Shake, Shake

Now it’s time to shake things up. Secure the lid on the cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Feel the rhythm as the ingredients come together in a harmonious dance.

Step 5: The Finishing Touch

Finally, strain the mixture into a champagne flute and top it off with chilled champagne. Watch as the bubbles rise to the surface, creating a mesmerizing display.


Q1: Can I use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones?

A1: Absolutely! Frozen cranberries work just as well in this recipe. Just make sure to thaw them before muddling.

Q2: Can I substitute champagne with sparkling wine?

A2: Yes, you can substitute champagne with sparkling wine. It will still give you that delightful effervescence.

Q3: How can I make this cocktail sweeter?

A3: If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add more simple syrup to taste. Adjust the sweetness according to your liking.

Q4: Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

A4: Absolutely! Simply replace the champagne with sparkling water or a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage of your choice.

Q5: Can I garnish the cocktail with cranberries?

A5: Yes, you can garnish the cocktail with a few cranberries for an extra festive touch. It adds a pop of color to the drink.

Q6: Is this cocktail suitable for any occasion?

A6: Yes, this cocktail is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a special event or simply want to indulge in a delightful drink, the Cranberry French 75 is always a good choice.

Q7: Can I make a large batch of this cocktail for a party?

A7: Absolutely! Simply multiply the ingredients according to the number of servings you need. Just make sure to adjust the proportions accordingly.

Q8: Can I use lime juice instead of lemon juice?

A8: Yes, you can use lime juice instead of lemon juice. It will give the cocktail a slightly different flavor profile, but it will still be delicious.


So, next time you find yourself in a Minnesota goodbye situation, remember the Cranberry French 75. This delightful cocktail will keep the conversation flowing and leave you with a taste of luxury. Cheers to good times and unforgettable flavors!

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A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe

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Total Time 2 hours
Course Fruit Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 cinnamon sticks , broken into halves
  • 2 star anise pods , whole
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves , whole
  • 1 cup (240ml) of water
  • 2 cups (400g) of sugar
  • Peel of one orange (use a vegetable peeler to remove zest only)
  • 2 cups (225g) of cranberries
  • 1 cup (240ml) of fresh juice from approximately 8 limes
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3g) of kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) of spiced cranberry cordial (refer to notes)
  • 1 cup (240ml) of freshly squeezed juice from 2 pink grapefruits
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) of London Dry gin
  • 1 bottle (750ml) of chilled Cava or any other dry sparkling wine , for topping
  • Fresh cranberries threaded on cocktail picks , for garnish


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, toast cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom, and cloves until fragrant, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning.
  • Add water, sugar, orange peel, cranberries, lime juice, and salt to the saucepan.
  • Stir the mixture over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and use a wooden spoon to smash the fruit against the side of the pan until all of the cranberries have popped.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let the mixture cool completely for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a resealable container.
  • The cordial can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  • Up to 2 hours before serving, combine the cordial, grapefruit juice, and gin in a pitcher, bottle, or resealable container.
  • Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
  • This cocktail mix recipe makes 8 servings. Feel free to double the recipe.
  • Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  • Add 3 1/2 ounces (105ml) of the cocktail mix and 2 ounces (60ml) of chilled sparkling wine to the glass.
  • Stir the mixture gently and garnish with skewered cranberries.
Keyword Champagne, Cranberry, Fruit, Gin, grapefruit, Lime, Mother's Day, new year's, Valentine's Day, winter
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