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glass of cranberry old fashioned on a surface

Cranberry Old Fashioned

  • Author: Girl Versus Dough
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet, spiced, tart and delicious, you’re going to love this Old Fashioned with a cranberry twist!


Units Scale

For the cranberry simple syrup:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-grated orange zest

For the cocktail:

  • 2 to 3 oz bourbon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz cranberry simple syrup
  • 2 to 3 dashes orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Fresh cranberries and an orange twist, for garnish


1. To make the cranberry simple syrup: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all simple syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, cranberries have burst and mixture is very slightly thick and red in color. Remove from heat; steep mixture for another 10 minutes, then use a fine-mesh sieve to strain syrup into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cool completely at room temperature, then store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

2. To make one cocktail: Add bourbon, cranberry simple syrup and bitters to a cocktail glass; stir for 10 to 15 seconds, then top off with ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a twist of orange.


Keywords: cranberry simple syrup, bourbon cocktail, holiday drink, Christmas drink