Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Oh hey there delicious cocktail. While I call this a spiced cranberry bourbon cocktail it can also be called Christmas in a glass. Last year, I had a delicious spiced cranberry cocktail at Mozza and I had to figure out how to recreate it. So I played around with it and this is what I came up with. It is delicious and flavorful and, surprisingly, more steps than I usually do for a recipe. But it must be done to get that full flavor. I love the vibrant color and the yummy, yummy flavor.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.You simply start with store-bought cranberry juice and then jazz it up by infusing it with warm holiday spices.

Smash cinnamon sticks before simmering them in cranberry juice. One thing I like to do when infusing things with cinnamon is to give the sticks a little whack with the back of the knife to open them up. Then I just scoop up the pieces and dust and put them wherever they need to know. I feel like it helps to open up the flavors a little bit more. And its fun to smash them. Lay the cinnamon sticks as flat as you can, lay your knife flat on top and then give it a whack with the heel of your hand. Take care not to be near the blade. Losing your hand around the holidays would not be cool.

Warm spices add flavor to store-bought cranberry juice. Add your flavor agents to your sauce pot and then add in your bottle of cranberry juice. Let the mixture simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. It will reduce down a bit but does not become syrupy. What I love about this is that once this jazzed up cranberry juice is made, you can easily put together cocktails for the next few weeks. Or have a big batch ready to make them for a party.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Once the cranberry juice mixture has simmered and cooled, strain it in to decorative bottles or put it back in to the cleaned, original cranberry juice bottle. Then you just need to grab a few more ingredients to put the drink together. Bourbon. Ginger beer and fresh nutmeg. Yum.

The spiced cranberry juice would make a great cocktail kit gift idea. These bottles of spiced cranberry juice would be a great gift idea. Use a cute bottle like the one above, and then provide the bottle of cranberry juice along with the recipe on a cute card and even a bottle of bourbon and some ginger beer. You could totally wrap that up all cute in a basket with holiday cheer.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Then it’s time to put this thing together. Add the cranberry and bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake it up.

Top the spiced cranberry and bourbon with ginger beer. Yum!Strain into a glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and give it a little stir.

Fresh nutmeg is where it's at.Grate some fresh nutmeg right on top. Your nose will thank you.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Holiday in a glass. Boom.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.This is the perfect holiday entertaining beverage. Or for a cozy night by a fire.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Holiday cocktails make me happy.

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail Recipe.Do you like cranberry cocktails? What is your go-to holiday drink?

Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
This cocktail tastes like Christmas.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • Spiced Cranberry Juice
  • 1 bottle 64 oz. Cranberry Juice (I like Langers best)
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut in to large chunks
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, cracked
  • ¾ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 3 oz spiced cranberry juice (recipe above)
  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer
  1. In a saucepan, add cranberry juice, ginger, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg.
  2. Simmer on medium heat for about 45 minutes.
  3. The juice will reduce a little bit but not become syrupy.
  4. Once cooled, strain with cheesecloth or a coffee filter in to a container.
  5. For cocktail:
  6. Add spiced cranberry juice and Bourbon to a cocktail shaker.
  7. Add ice and shake well.
  8. Strain in to a glass with ice.
  9. Top with 3 oz. of ginger beer and give a quick stir.
  10. Grate fresh nutmeg on top of each cocktail.
  11. Recipe above makes approximately 2 cocktails depending on your size of glass.



Patron Mojito Recipe

Patron Mojito. I'm a fan of a regular mojito but with my new found love of tequila, this is amazing. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*I was sent a bottle of Patron Silver Tequila to use for this post. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.  My opinion is that I really enjoy tequila.  Not in an over-indulgey kind of way. More of a connoiseur-y way.

If you are a regular reader you are probably like, what the heck is up with all these cocktail posts lately, Sharon?  Well, I just got finished with my creative retreat blogger weekend that I plan with Lauren every year.  The theme this year was cocktails (how to make them, recipes, etc. not just straight up drinking them spring break style) so I’ve been in full on cocktail mode.  I was looking for recipes that could be signature drinks for the weekend as well as easy to make recipes so the girls could make their own.  Of course a mojito had to be on the list.  And we did it with a little twist – a Patron mojito recipe, with Patron Silver instead of rum.  And it was yummy!

Patron Silver Tequila  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI felt really bad using Patron in a mixed drink.  It is so good on its own.  This is not a tequila that needs other things to mask how it really tastes.  This should have been used for straight up shots but well, we’re ladies (most of the time) and shots, during the day, would have been uncivilized (No one has seen any photos right?  If there are no photos it didn’t happen…).

Patron Mojito Recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA mojito is super simple to make and uses fresh mint and lime which are two of my favorite flavors ever.  And club soda.  I LOVE club soda.  You will often find me drinking a virgin mojito during the summer months. I find it so refreshing. But you have to use club soda in a mojito.  Never lemon lime soda.  Don’t be a hillbilly. 

Limes and mint for the perfect mojito.  This one with Patron tequila!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMMMmmmm, I can almost smell the fresh lime and mint through the screen.  Muddling really helps to release the juice and oils so the drink is flavorful.  If you don’t have a muddle you could try using the back of the spoon.  But you really should get yourself a muddler. 

Patron Mojito Recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere it is in all its glory.  The Patron mojito.  It is a classic flavor combination but with the tequila undertones.  Yum.  Refreshing.  Perfect for summer nights. Of course if you have people over and they prefer rum in theirs, its cool.  You can just “unfriend” them after they go home. 

Patron Mojito Recipe //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd there is something about the fresh mint that is at once relaxing and puts you in a vacation-y mood. 

Patron Mojito Recipe


  • 1 1/2 oz Patron Silver
  • 1 cut lime
  • 1 oz simple syrup (if you like that sort of thing)
  • Club Soda
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. In a tall glass, muddle mint leaves, lime and simple syrup (if using).
  2. Add a cup of ice, Patron Silver and top with club soda.
  3. Stir gently.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.
  5. Recipe via Patron: http://patrontequila.com/drinks/search?q=mojito

Patron tequila.  For shots or a fresh take on a mojito.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands, like Patron, that let me bring you cocktail recipes without going in to debt.  Because debt sucks.

Need another twist on a mojito, try a Coke-jito.