This cranberry bourbon cocktail is sweet and tart and complex, balanced by orange and sweet wormwood. It’s a signature drink that everyone loves!

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Looking for a unique drink with cranberry and orange? Try this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail! It is balanced, sweetly tart and complex, fruity with fascinating notes of sweet wormwood. Since it contains cranberry and bourbon, it’s great for fall or winter entertainment, like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas. But it works for every season and occasion! Add it to your list as a bourbon cocktail for winter or fall.

What’s in this cranberry bourbon cocktail?

This cranberry bourbon cocktail is beautifully balanced with just the right nuance of sweet vermouth. When we started developing this cocktail, we tried it as Cranberry Manhattan. It was a little too damp so we kept the vermouth and added orange juice. It comes out sweetly tart with just the right amount of bourbon finish. Here’s what you need:

  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Sweet vermouth
  • orange juice
  • 100% unsweetened cranberry juice
  • Simple syrup

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Use 100% unsweetened cranberry juice

When making cranberry cocktails, we prefer to use unsweetened cranberry juice. Try to find a bottle that says 100% juice instead of the sweetened cranberry juice cocktail. Why?

  • With unsweetened juice, you can adjust the sweetness to taste. The taste of the cocktail is much more real if you use 100% juice and add some simple syrup. The taste is much more tart than the sweetened cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Unsweetened juice is lighter in color. It makes the drink look vibrant and bright red.

If all you get is sweetened cranberry juice, a cranberry juice mix, or a cranberry juice cocktail, skip the simple syrup or add it to your liking.

How to Make a Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

This cranberry bourbon cocktail is a simple cocktail to shake and strain: just put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain into a glass! Here’s what to do:

  • Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Put the cranberry, orange juice, bourbon, wormwood and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker, add 1 handful of ice and shake cold.
  • Strain into a glass. Any type of lowball glass will work!
  • Garnish and serve. It’s nice to garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries. For the best presentation, use clear ice: it’s crystal clear ice that you can cut into large, organic shapes. Go to How To Make Clear Ice.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Do it jug style for 8 servings

Serve a crowd? You can make a pitcher out of this cranberry bourbon cocktail! Just put the following ingredients in a jug:

  • 1 ½ cups of bourbon
  • 1 cup of sweet vermouth
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ cup of simple syrup
  • 2 handfuls of ice

Stir until cold! Then pour into lowball glasses. This would be a great presentation for Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas party.

More bourbon cocktails

This cranberry bourbon cocktail is great for cooler weather! Here are a few more fall bourbon cocktails and winter bourbon drinks:

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This cranberry bourbon cocktail is sweet and tart and complex, balanced by orange and sweet wormwood. It’s a signature drink that everyone loves!

  • 1 ½ ounces* Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce 100% unsweetened cranberry juice **
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice cream to serve (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: fresh or frozen cranberries, sprigs of rosemary
  1. Put the bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until it is cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries and rosemary sprigs as desired.
  3. Jug variation (8 servings): Add 1½ cups of bourbon, 1 cup of sweet vermouth, 2 cups of orange juice, 1 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice, and ½ cup of plain syrup to a jug. Add 2 handfuls of ice and stir until cold.

Remarks

* To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

** If all you find is sweetened cranberry juice, a cranberry juice mix, or a cranberry juice cocktail, skip or add the simple syrup as you like.

  • Category: drink
  • Method: Shocked
  • Kitchen: Cocktails

Keywords: Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

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