This Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is the perfect boozy complement to your holiday menu.
In fact, we love it all winter long, especially paired with these Wild Rice Stuffed Mini Pumpkins with Herbed Breadcrumbs.
The holiday season is one of the best times of year when it comes to food.
We’ve already been taking full advantage of the delicous produce. See our comforting spaghetti squash casserole. Or our sweet potatoes topped with maple granola. How about zesty shaved Brussels sprout salad? All of these were stars on our Thanksgiving table.
But the most fun part about all of these new recipes is pairing them with our favorite wintery drinks. This cranberry orange whiskey cocktail has all of the warming fall flavors to pair perfectly with this season’s produce.
Why You Should Drink More Whiskey This Holiday Season
There are cocktail people, wine people, and beer people out there. We have a mix of all three in our family. But on thing that everyone seems to agree on is that whiskey bridges the gap between all sorts of drinkers.
The spirit is so warming and flavorful. It’s the perfect holiday season spirit. Plus, there are so many delicious distillers to try. From European to American to Japanese, the world of whiskey is wide and fun to explore.
We say, everyone should open their glasses to more whiskey this holiday season, and really, all year long.
Not an avid whiskey drinker? This cranberry orange cocktail, with its fruity flavors, is the perfect way to try out this dark liquor.
How to Make this Warming Whiskey Cocktail
The major flavors in this wintery drink are cranberries and orange. They’re two of our favorite seasonal flavors between November and January. Together, cranberry and orange is bright, tart and sweet all at the same time.
We added a bit of lemon juice for extra acid and balanced out the drink with a hit of simple syrup. Finally, fresh thyme leaves give a beautiful savory and herbal note to this homemade drink.
To make this simple winter cocktail, simply combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. No shaker? No problem. You can use a lidded glass jar, or even a large glass and stir your cocktail instead of shaking it.
Then, serve up your festive cocktail in glasses. We like to top each glass with a floater of ginger beer. It cuts through any sweetness from the fruit juices and melds so well with whiskey.
I love Fever Tree brand ginger beer. It’s not as sweet as other brands.
More Winter and Holiday Cocktails
Don’t stop now! Here are more warming winter drinks to put your bar cart to work this holiday season:
Have a favorite whiskey brand? Let us know in the comments, we love trying new kinds!Print
One of our all-time favorite cocktail recipes, this whiskey cocktail is the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
- 1 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
- 3 oz orange juice (freshly squeezed is preferable)
- 2 oz whiskey
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 oz ginger beer
- Add all ingredients except ginger beer to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into chilled glass.
- Top off with ginger beer and garnish with orange peel and fresh thyme (optional)
Homemade simple syrup is easy to make – we always keep a batch on hand. Simply bring equal parts sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan, stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool. For a small batch, we suggest 1/2 cup each of sugar and water. Store in refrigerator.