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The Kruger Preserve | A Wild Cocktail

Kruger Preserve

The Kruger Preserve was a cocktail I designed for Marc’s better half when they were visiting for Christmas holiday.  Ivan had some specific requirements for this cocktail, no sugar, made with tequila, and drinkable.  It was the last one that took some work.  The final result is especially delicious, and very pink.  The name is because, well his surname is Kruger, and well, he is South African.  Give this one a go at a dinner party, its very tasty, not cloyingly sweet, mildly tart, and so simple.    The ingredient list looks really unique, mainly because it is, that is what is so attractive.  The Kruger Preserve Cocktail is adventurous, just like a trip to the Kruger Game Reserve.

Here is a cut and paste for your party menu:

Kruger Preserve

Blanco Tequila. St Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Maple. Cranberry. Lemon.

Kruger Preserve

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes

Wild ingredients in a refined cocktail.


  • 2 ounces Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 ounce St Germain or other Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 4 dash of Cranberry Bitters
  • Twist of Lemon Peel for Garnish



Shake all the ingredients with ice.


Strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Twist the lemon peel and leave on the rim.

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