Is Thanksgiving really this coming Thursday? It seems like I only blinked, and now November is more than halfway over. Does anyone else feel this way? Or are you more than ready for the Christmas season to be here? No matter how you’re feeling, you’ve survived another week and in my book, that calls for a drink. Today I’m teaching you how to make this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, or none-of-the-above, this cocktail is perfect for this time of year. The bourbon and herbs make it fall friendly and the cranberries add a touch of holiday.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

As I’ve told you, even though I’m not a big fan of bourbon, I’m totally on board when it’s mixed with the right ingredients. That proved to be the case with my Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy. And it’s true with this cocktail as well.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

The base of this drink is mainly bourbon and cranberry juice in equal parts. By itself, that combination makes for an exceptionally nice, easy-sipping cocktail. However, you know me – I like to step up my cocktail game and fancify things a bit.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

For this recipe, I made a rosemary sage simple syrup. Yes, it sounds elaborate, but it’s actually very easy. You just combine a cup of water with a cup of sugar and toss in a few sprigs of rosemary and sage. Let that simmer for 5-8 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. It’s really that simple.

The syrup adds a fresh, seasonal flavor to the cocktail that works wonderfully with the bourbon and cranberry.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

To finish things off, squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon juice.

Since I had extra herbs, I created a garnish by tying a few pieces together with string. Isn’t it pretty? I know it’s over the top, but I thought the holidays called for something special.

If you like these glasses, you can find them here. From what I gathered, they are the same glasses Ina Garten uses. They are even prettier in person.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

This is a libation I’d be proud to serve and wouldn’t mind sipping myself. Maybe I’m developing a taste for bourbon after all!?

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces bourbon
2 ounces cranberry juice (100% juice, unsweetened)
1/2 ounce rosemary sage simple syrup*
Splash of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Fresh rosemary and sage for garnish

In a glass filled with ice, add the bourbon, cranberry juice, rosemary sage simple syrup, and a splash of lemon juice. Stir to combine.

*Rosemary Sage Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water. Toss in a couple sprigs each of fresh rosemary and sage. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take 5-8 minutes. Strain the herbs from the simple syrup and allow it to cool completely before using.

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Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com

This truly is a stunning cocktail and one I’m certain you will enjoy.

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | inspiredbycharm.com
Happy everything!

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Comments

  • Lia at

    Looks awesome! Could you please tell me where you got those fabulous glasses? I love them! They’re very Ina:)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You have a good eye. 😉 They actually are Ina’s glasses from what I’m told. You can find them here: http://bit.ly/2g7TZiS

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer at

    Love the idea of bourbon with cranberry! This is exactly what I had in mind Christmas Eve and the days leading up to it.

  • Lisa at

    This looks great and I have got to try it! My question to you – is it straight, unsweetened cranberry juice? Would you please elaborate on what juice you used?
    And YES, it seems we were just enjoying summer and now we’re well into the holidays. I think we need Christmas and all it represents, this year more than ever! Maybe that’s why I am hearing from people around me they are already decorating their homes. We just need some Happy.
    Thank you Michael for all your great ideas and recipes. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Lisa, Yes, I used 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened. (Not cranberry juice cocktail.) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

      xo Michael

  • Allie at

    What a pretty drink! Do you think it could work with a sparkling ingredient in it too? If so, what would you add? I just love bubbly drinks at the holidays.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Um, I don’t know if bourbon and sparkles go together. I like the drink as is. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Julie at

    I love a cocktail that makes winter feel a little warmer and family a little less crazy. It’s so beautiful!

  • vermontmommy at

    I made this on Friday night and it was a huge hit. I had to alter the recipe as I was low on bourbon but had an unopened bottle of vodka. A few friends added seltzer along with the vodka and they enjoyed it quite well. The rosemary infused syrup was what made these a winner. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Don Carroll at

    Tired this and it was great with a spectacular color

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites.

      xo Michael

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