So, let’s not sugarcoat it — last week was rough.
I won’t dive too deeply into my feelings on the election here, one because this is a food blog and you’re probably not here for my political commentary, and two because I’m not even sure I have the right words to describe the depth of my heartbreak and fear, but I’ll just say that, in light of our impending political landscape, I’m vowing to be better. Going forward, I’m going to be more informed, more active, more protective of the causes that matter to me, louder, bolder… better. This is my country and, no matter who our president-elect is, I’m going to have a say.
Can we toast to that?
This sharp and bubbly little cocktail is my contribution to the DRY virtual Holiday Pairing Party, which is happening all week. Have you heard of DRY Sparkling? They are a Seattle-based company putting out fun and refreshing sodas that are class AF. Think real cane sugar, cute glass bottles, and flavors like lavender, cucumber, juniper and lemongrass.
And now there are two new, limited-edition bottles on the shelf for the holidays – cranberry and ginger! With that in mind, a few of us bloggers are celebrating with fizzy seasonal drinks and tasty holiday food pairings, so if you’re looking for a parade of fun cocktails (and some festive nibbles, too), check out my friend Amber’s blog this Thursday for the full roundup.
I’m partial to DRY’s ginger flavor (so sharp! so refreshing!), and when I saw the fun new bottle, I wanted to dive right in. It pairs so nicely with gin and a generous splash of citrus – the Fizzy Lifter, as I’m calling it (having just finished reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Calder, and also holding fast to the concept of rising above, just now) is at once light and fresh and bold and biting. It’s the perfect drink to get you through Thanksgiving meal prep and/or America’s political imbroglio.
Let’s be bold, shall we? Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifters for everyone. Cheers!
And while we’re at it, let’s give some stuff away! Check below the recipe to find out how you can win a DRY Sparkling prize pack of your own!
Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifter
- 1 1/2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce orange juice
- DRY ginger soda
- lemon slices, for garnish
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add the gin and orange juice, then top the glass with ginger soda and stir. Garnish with lemon slices.
Makes 1 cocktail.
Disclaimer: I received free product from DRY Sparkling as part of this post and giveaway. All opinions and recipes are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Dunk & Crumble!
You can celebrate with DRY’s new holiday flavors, too! Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite holiday tradition to enter to win everything you need to fully enjoy DRY over the holidays, including:
1 Bottle of Limited Edition Cranberry DRY Sparkling
1 Bottle of Limited Edition Ginger DRY Sparkling
A DRY Sparkling Tee in Your Size of Choice
A Pair of Custom Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling Socks
A DRY Sparkling Beanie
Two DRY Sparkling Flutes
Again, to enter, just leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite holiday tradition. I’ll choose a winner at random on Sunday, November 20th.
Giveaway is open to US residents only.
For more chances to enter, and to see everyone’s recipes, check out the full list of participating bloggers:
And don’t forget to head over to DRY Sparkling to figure out where to find these holiday flavors!
Amber | Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Yay love!!! This looks so good/ much needed rn!
favorite holiday tradition: (basic but true) gingerbread house with my kids
Also, THANK YOU for addressing the elephant (election) in the room – it’s so weird to read blogs that don’t even mention it, especially when I’m despondent. If anything, I agree, this is a call to arms to me (and many of my friends) to become much more politically involved…
This looks delicious & like just what we all need!
My favorite family Christmas tradition is baking Christmas butter cookies together ☺
Every Christmas Eve, after dinner and presents with my grandparents, I meet up with old friends at a local bar in town that serves champagne on tap! They always come from a family function that includes an ugly sweater party and we just pass the champagne pitchers and catch up as the night goes on!
Looks amazing! This will be our first holiday season away from family so I’m looking forward to starting my own traditions. A signature holiday cocktail sounds like a great start!
Gosh, it’s so tough to decide on a favorite tradition! I think it’s opening the stockings with the family on Christmas morning with music playing.
Our current favorite holiday tradition is the Lego advent calendar. And that drink sounds amazing!
Our favorite holiday tradition is to drive around the neighborhoods and look at the holiday lights. It’s cheap and it’s fun, and it never gets old. My husband and I name each year based on the common holiday theme we see (one year everyone had reindeer, one year it was penguins, then polar bears, etc…) We do this several different nights, and it’s something I always look forward to.
I’m loving the new holiday DRY Sparkling flavors this year, as ginger happens to be one of my very favorite flavors. And a glass bottle – yay for glass!!! Cheers Molly and happy holidays.
I’m afraid the holiday spirit was sucked out of me last week. I’m not sure how to get it back. I can’t even think of a favorite tradition. I guess it would be food, special holiday menus are my very favorite thing. Oh, I thought of one. Hot Cocoa after looking at Christmas lights!
Momma’ s cookie recipes must be baked. A bingo night before Christmas for the whole family (72 of us) and ice skating in the days after Christmas are favorite traditions. Love ginger ale love gin, just never put them together!
ERRRRR, My favorite holiday tradition is entering contests on my friend’s blogs!
We like a early morning beach stroll on Christmas morning–so peaceful before the day gets really going!
Moscow mules were a favorite drink over the summer so I’m really looking forward to trying this yummy looking Fizzy Lifter!
My favorite holiday tradition is to fill the stockings with fun things to keep kids (and adults) busy until everyone has had breakfast and is ready to open gifts. Everyone who comes to our house on Christmas morning gets a Christmas stocking!
Erica C. Barnett
Favorite holiday tradition: Celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve (NEVER Christmas day!) by sitting around the living room of my grandparent’s house in Mississippi. Two volunteer “Santas” hand out gifts from the ridiculously huge pile around the artificial tree, and the youngest opens presents first (I still remember well when it was me, some 30 years ago!) We end the night by filling enormous garbage bags with wrapping paper (still no recycling in MS, sigh) and deciding that yes, we can have one more piece of Tasty Pie (trademark: My grandmother, who hates to cook and loves that it has just three ingredients.)
Every year, we go to Shore Acres to see the amazing light display. I love hearing the waves crash on the rocks below while we are walking the paths. It’s not an Oregon Coast Christmas, without Shore Acres!
Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
Hiiii this drink looks amazing! And I’m a total gin girl, so you know I’ll be trying it out pronto. It was fun to be involved in the #HolidayPairingParty with you Molly! xoxo
My favorite tradition is waking up in the middle of the night to go and get my Christmas stocking. I bring it to my bedroom and open everything inside. I then put everything back in order and fall asleep. This will be my 30th year of doing this since I started at age 4. I even found the key to my first car in a box in the toe of my stocking – crept downstairs to find it outside with a big red bow on it !