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Cranberry Old-Fashioned

Cranberry Old-Fashioned recipe

Make Cranberry Old-Fashioned recipe for Thanksgiving happy hour. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog)



  • For the Cranberry Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, plus more as garnish
  • Pinch of salt
  • Splash of water
  • For the Drink:
  • Angostura bitters
  • Bourbon of choice
  • Ice
  • Orange peel, as garnish


  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the sugar, fresh cranberries, pinch of salt and splash of water. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until cranberries have softened and turned into a sauce. Using a spatula, press the cranberries down, until very soft. Run the mixture through a strainer and discard the pulp. Allow to cool to room temperature before using. 
  2. To make the cocktail, add about 3 liquid ounces of syrup to each glass. Add two dashes of bitters, 2 liquid ounces bourbon, a splash of sparkling water and ice. Stir until combined, and garnish with an orange peel. Repeat the process until all the other cocktails are assembled.
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