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Cranberry Bourbon

The subtle tang of cranberry and the warm winter spices make this bourbon just right for holiday toasts—neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. —James Schend, Deputy Editor, Taste of Home.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    20 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 4 orange zest strips (3 inches)
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR CRANBERRY MANHATTAN (for each serving):
  • Ice cubes
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Dash bitters
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR CRANBERRY OLD-FASHIONED (for each serving):
  • 1 orange slice
  • 4 dried cranberries
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

Directions

  • In an airtight glass container, combine bourbon, cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange zest. Store in a cool, dry place 2-4 weeks. Strain, discarding cranberries, cinnamon and orange zest. Return bourbon to glass container. Store in a cool, dry place.

Test Kitchen tips
  • To prepare a cranberry manhattan: Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add 2 ounces Cranberry Bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters; cover and shake until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • To prepare a cranberry old-fashioned: In a rocks glass, muddle orange slice, cranberries and bitters. Add ice. Pour in 1-1/2 ounces of Cranberry Bourbon, soda and juice.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 ounce bourbon: 64 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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