New England Fizz

That's what I've decided to name this cocktail, since "something"-tinis are getting kind of old.

The New England Fizz combines some signature New England flavors to create a fruity (yet not too sweet) cocktail.

When my roommies and I went apple picking at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA, we stocked up on one of their specialties: sparkling hard cider. I chose the "slightly sweet" version, after deciding the "dry" variety I bought last year was akin to apple cider vinegar. I don't like sweet wines, but the "slightly sweet" bottle was the perfect balance.

Now, bring on some cranberries and you've got yourself the perfect North Shore drink. I prefer gin in my drinks, but this would work fine with vodka too, if that's your poison.

New England Fizz

2 oz gin
1 oz cranberry juice
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 oz sparkling cider or apple wine

Combine gin, juices, and ice in a shaker. Shake!

Strain into a chilled martini glass and top off with sparkling cider.

The result is a crisp, tart, fizzy delight.