Thanksgiving Cranberry Old Fashioned


Cranberry Syrup:

  • 1 package of fresh cranberry’s
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange cut in half or 1 cup of pure Cranberry juice (this way you can control the amount of sugar) 1/3 cup of sugar


  • 1 Tbls of raw sugar
  • 5-6 dashes of aromatic bitters (orange bitters are good too)
  • 1 Tbls cranberry syrup (.5 oz)
  • 2 oz of chilled bourbon (Makers Mark is good for this recipe)

Equipment & Fuel


  1. To make the cranberry syrup for this you will want to add a bag of fresh cranberry’s and 1 cup of sugar to a pan and place on your grill to cook down. At the same time place your orange halves on the grill and let them get grilled a little.  Once your orange has some nice grill marks on it place them in the pan with your cranberry’s and squeeze out some of the juice.  Let all that cook together and then blend the cranberry’s with a little water so it makes a nice syrup.  Or if you want to use juice instead of fresh cranberry’s you can just do step 2.
  2. Add the pure cranberry juice and sugar to a smalls pot and reduce over medium heat until the mixture is reduced by half. You can use cranberry juice with sugar if you want. Both will work just fine. After the mixture is reduce then cool the syrup before trying to use it.
  3. In a highball glass add the raw sugar and add 5-6 dashes of aromatic bitters and start to muddle to start breaking down the sugar.
  4. After the sugars are broken down a little add the cranberry syrup and continue to mix/muddle.
  5. Add the bourbon and then a good ice cube/cubes.
  6. Stir the drink until well chilled, probably 30-50 seconds.
  7. Squeeze an orange zest over the top of the drink for a little extra oil.
  8. Garnish with the orange zest and a couple of fresh cranberries.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

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