Cheers to fall with this cranberry orange bourbon cocktail. This is a cocktail that’s a little bit sweet but not too tart with warm notes from the bourbon. Make it your fall signature drink.
This cranberry orange bourbon cocktail is perfectly balanced between juice and alcohol. It gets its warmth from the bourbon. It’s a great cocktail to end a long week.
What do I need to make a Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail?
If you have a well-stocked bar you have everything you need to make this bourbon and cranberry drink. The bourbon cranberry orange cocktail recipe below, as it’s written, is for one serving. Easily increase the amounts to make more servings.
- Bourbon – I actually used a bourbon whiskey.
- Cranberry Juice – Use 100% cranberry juice for the best flavor.
- Orange Juice – Fresh squeezed is always delicious but your favorite brand works too.
- Ice – If you make ice balls, one will suffice but for mixed drinks, I like using ice cubes.
- Frozen or fresh cranberries – for garnish
- Fresh orange slice or wedge – for garnish
Can I use whiskey instead of bourbon?
The short answer is yes you can substitute whiskey for bourbon and vice versa. By doing so, expect a slight difference in flavor. Whiskey can have more of a bite to it, or harshness, while bourbon has more mellow characteristics.
Bourbon is an American-made whiskey that must contain at least 51 percent corn in its mash and be aged in new, charred oak barrels. 95% of bourbon is made in Kentucky.
What type of glass should I use for this cranberry orange cocktail?
The best glass to use is what is known as an old-fashioned or rocks glass. It’s a lower glass like the one I’ve used in the pictures.
Sometimes people will refer to this type of glass as a tumbler or lowball, as opposed to a highball which is used for drinks like a Tom Collins.
I don’t have a cocktail shaker what else can I use?
No cocktail shaker, no problem! Before I owned one (or 3) I used a large mason jar with a lid.
Large, 24-ounce mason jars hold a good amount of ice plus the liquid ingredients. It’s easy to muddle fruit and herbs if necessary.
More Cranberry Orange Cocktails
- Cranberry Orange Mimosa – Perfect for celebrating special occasions.
- The Madras Cocktail – Festive for the holidays or Cinco de Mayo.
More Bourbon Cocktails
- Maple Bourbon Sour – Another delicious fall beverage.
- Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy – A way to warm up on a cold day.
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 2 ounces orange juice
- Orange slice and cranberries for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine all the ingredients and shake to blend.
- Strain into a glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice and whole cranberries.
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Wednesday #FallFlavor Recipes
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- Old Fashioned Ritz Pie from Art of Natural Living
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- Pecan Pie Bars from Best Cookie Recipes