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Delicious Cranberry Old Fashioned

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This Cranberry Old Fashioned is the perfect seasonal drink you must try. Full of fresh cranberry flavor, smoky bourbon, and Cardamom bitters for an aromatic twist you will love.

cranberry old fashioned

While I love a good whiskey drink any time of year, the colder weather months seem to feel extra appropriate for a spirit-forward cocktail, especially a Bourbon cocktail. And colder weather also means cranberries are in season…a favorite seasonal fruit that we enjoy for fall baked goods, Thanksgiving side dishes (have you ever tried Old Fashioned Bourbon Cranberry Sauce??), and holiday drinks. This Cranberry Old Fashioned is the perfect combination of the two.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

This is an elegant drink that will impress your guests but is actually quite easy to make. If you love Bourbon and appreciate the subtle flavor nuances of a classic Old Fashioned, then you will love this Cranberry Old Fashioned.  Perfect for a couples night by the fire or a holiday dinner party. Bourbon lovers should also try this Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Sour, also a festive cocktail for the fall season.

cranberry old fashioned

Ingredients needed for a Cranberry Old Fashioned:

cranberry old fashioned ingredients

Tools you will need:

How to make a Cranberry Old Fashioned:

  1. Add the Bourbon and cranberry simple syrup to your glass and stir.
  2. Add 2-3 dashes of Cardamom Bitters.
  3. Carefully add your ice cube (if you drop it in your drink will splash out).
  4. Garnish with additional cranberries (use frozen if you have them!) and a dainty orange spiral. You’ll need a channel knife for making a dainty spiral.
  5. For an extra bit of flavor while sipping I like to rub an orange peel around the rim of the glass before serving.
  6. Cheers!

Cranberry Simple Syrup:

Tools:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Cranberries. If you have whole frozen cranberries that will work too.
  • Sugar
  • Water

How to make Cranberry Simple Syrup:

  1. You’re going to need to make a cranberry simple syrup first.
  2. In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar into the water.
  3. Add the cranberries and simmer for about 5-8 minutes until they “pop”.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all of the cranberries and seeds.
  6. Allow to fully cool before adding to your drink so it doesn’t melt the ice.

How to make Cranberry Old Fashioneds for a crowd:

To make a large batch for a thirsty crowd you will need to first multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks you want to serve. Mix the ingredients in a large mixing glass first. This mixing glass is perfect for large-batch cocktails. Then pour over fresh ice cubes in each glass. Add the garnish and serve. If you plan ahead you can make several clear ice cubes with the Peak Mold in advance and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

cranberry old fashioned

Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?

Yes, if you are making a large batch and want to make it ahead of time, follow the instructions above and then cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. 

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cranberry old fashioned

Cranberry Old Fashioned

This Cranberry Old Fashioned is the perfect seasonal drink you must try. Full of fresh cranberry flavor, smokey bourbon, and Cardamom bitters for an aromatic twist you will love.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Bourbon or Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Simple Syrup or more to taste
  • 2-3 dashes Cardamom Bitters
  • Orange Spiral for garnish
  • Cranberries for garnish frozen is preferred

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water

Instructions

  • Add the Bourbon and cranberry simple syrup to your glass and stir.
  • Add 2-3 dashes of Cardamom Bitters.
  • Carefully add your ice cube (if you drop it in your drink will splash out).
  • Garnish with cranberries and a dainty orange spiral.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar into the water.
  • Add the cranberries and simmer for about 5-8 minutes until they “pop”.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all of the cranberries and seeds.
  • Allow to fully cool before adding to your drink so it doesn’t melt the ice.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry old fashioned
Servings: 1

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