I decided to put my own twist on the traditional recipe for an old-fashioned. My homemade, spiced-cranberry old fashioned is guaranteed to fill you with holiday cheer: it is heartwarming and full of seasonal spices. This will pair well with any dinner party, celebration, or after a long day in the office.

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  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz spiced-cranberry simple syrup (1 cup water, 2/3 cup honey, 2 cups cranberries, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon allspice)
  • 3 shakes  Angostura bitters 
  • Zest from 1 side of an orange
  • Splash of club soda
  • 1 large ice cube (click here for my favorite ice cube molds!)
  • Garnish with an orange peel and cranberries


spiced – cranberry simple syrup: in a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, 2/3 cup of honey, 2 cups of cranberries, 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon allspice to boil for 4-5 minutes, or until cranberries start to burst. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer.   *syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.*

TO MAKE:  Add the simple syrup, bitters, and club soda into a rocks glass, then stir. Fill the glass with a large ice cube, add the bourbon, and gently twirl your cocktail spoon to combine the flavors. Add a bit of orange zest over the top, then rub the oil of the orange peel over the rim of glass. Garnish with the orange peel and cranberries. 

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