A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe (2024)

  • New Years
  • Cranberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime
  • Champagne

Tart cranberries, toasty spices, some piney gin, and a topper of bubbly.


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Maggie Hoffman

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Updated December 21, 2023

Why It Works

  • Cranberry cordial and grapefruit juice give the drink a tart, refreshing taste and the prettiest blush color.
  • Warm spice notes and citrus make it holiday-worthy.

A sparkling co*cktail is the perfect drink for holiday gatherings. They’re festive, spritzy, and simple to make. If you’re making a co*cktail with sparkling wine, a bit of juice, and some spirits, you’re riffing on the classic French 75 (made with gin and lemon juice).

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Here’s a tart and blushing variation from Nathaniel Smith of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis. It requires a little more effort, but it hits all the right holiday notes: warm spices, like star anise, cinnamon, and clove; fragrant citrus peels; and simmered tangy cranberries, with a little dry Cava to perk it all up. You'll start by making an easy homemade cranberry cordial, which can be batched up and stored in the fridge for several weeks. Toasting the spices for the cordial helps bring out their flavors, and the mix balances sugar with bright lime and the popped berries.

The mixed co*cktail can be pre-batched, too: You'll measure out gin and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, add the cranberry elixir, then stash it in your fridge before your guests arrive. Each ice-filled glass gets a little of the co*cktail mix, a little of the bubbly, and, if you want to get extra fancy, a little cranberry garnish on top.

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The name, says Smith, refers to a local custom: "A Minnesota good-bye is a standoff in manners; basically, no one can leave first for fear of being rude. It's annoying." But, he adds, "during the holidays, it's welcome, to spend those last few minutes with cousins, a few more hugs with family, making plans with friends. This co*cktail is for celebrating, and taking those extra few minutes with loved ones."

Also try these festive sparkling co*cktail riffs: a Salzburg 75, Silver Daisy, or Bellisimo Aceto.

December 2016

Recipe Details

A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe

Active20 mins

Total2 hrs

Serves8 servings


For the Spiced Cranberry Cordial (see notes):

  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

  • 2 whole star anisepods

  • 5 cardamom pods

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 1 cup (240ml)water

  • 2 cups (400g)sugar

  • Peel of one orange (use a vegetable peeler to remove zest only)

  • 2 cups (225g)cranberries

  • 1 cup (240ml) fresh juice from about 8 limes

  • 3/4 teaspoon (3g)kosher salt

For the co*cktail Mix (8 Servings):

  • 1 cup (240ml) spiced cranberry cordial (see notes)

  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed juice from 2 pink grapefruits

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) London Drygin

To Serve:

  • 1 bottle (750ml) chilled Cava or other dry sparkling wine, to top

  • Fresh cranberries threaded on co*cktail picks, for garnish


  1. For the Spiced Cranberry Cordial: Add cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom, and cloves to a saucepan and toast over medium heat, shaking pan frequently, until fragrant; make sure not to let them burn. Add water, sugar, orange peel, cranberries, lime juice, and salt and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and cook, using a wooden spoon to smash fruit against side of pan, until all of the cranberries have popped. Remove from heat and let cool completely, 1 to 2 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a resealable container. Cordial can be kept up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

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  2. For the co*cktail Mix: Up to 2 hours before serving, mix cordial, grapefruit juice, and gin in a pitcher, bottle, or resealable container. Use immediately or store up to 2 hours in the refrigerator. co*cktail mix makes 8 servings; feel free to double the recipe.

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  3. For Each co*cktail: Fill a Collins glass with ice and add 3 1/2 ounces (105ml) co*cktail Mix and 2 ounces (60ml) chilled sparkling wine. Stir gently and garnish with skewered cranberries.

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Special Equipment

Fine-mesh strainer

Make-Ahead and Storage

The spiced cranberry cordial can be kept up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


The cranberry cordial recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups (600ml), so you can double the co*cktail mix recipe if you're expecting a large group. Extra cranberry cordial is also nice with club soda and a squeeze of orange or grapefruit.

Read More

  • French 75
  • Salzburg 75 (Grapefruit Radler French 75 Variation)
  • Silver Daisy (Sparkling Rum co*cktail)
  • Bellissimo Aceto (Lambrusco-Amaro co*cktail)
  • 25 Classic co*cktail Recipes Everyone Should Know
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
0g Fat
28g Carbs
0g Protein


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 55mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 18mg89%
Calcium 18mg1%
Iron 0mg2%
Potassium 146mg3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A Minnesota Good-Bye (Cranberry French 75) Recipe (2024)


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