This cocktail is fabulous! I loved the flavor of the original recipe but couldn’t get it to work because the cranberry syrup would gelatinize when it hit the ice in the glass. I was about to give up on the drink when I experimented using some of the fresh cranberry sauce I made for Thanksgiving and thinning it out with sugar and water after the fact.
This recipe makes 2-4 drinks depending on how big you like ’em!
3/4 cup cranberry simple syrup
this is where it gets complicated...scoop out some of the jelly from fresh cranberry sauce and combine 1/3 cup of the jelly, 1/3 cup sugar & 1/3 cup water; microwave until sugar is dissolved, stirring once or twice. Strain. Let cool.
3/4 cup bourbon
Eagle Rare is a great choice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Trader Joe's Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice works even better than if you squeeze it at home--it's fresh but the sweetness is consistent, unlike when you do it at home from oranges.
1/4 cup lime juice
rarely does one use both lemon and lime juice in a cocktail but here it puts everything in perfect balance.
- 2-4 cinnamon sticks
- 2-4 orange peels
- 2-4 giant ice cubes
To make the syrup for this drink, scoop out some of the jelly from fresh cranberry sauce and combine 1/3 cup jelly, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water and microwave until sugar is dissolved, about a minute and a half, stirring once or twice. Strain. Cool.
Combine syrup, bourbon, orange juice, lime juice & lemon juice in a large shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly.
Strain cocktail over cube & and say, “Wow. Just wow.”