This Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash is the perfect refreshing holiday sip for all of your festive gatherings this year!
The countdown is finally on for all the fun holiday parties! Start the season off right with this Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash that’s perfect for intimate gatherings or the biggest of soirees!
Can’t you just feel the magic in the air? All of the decorations are out (well, they have been since September), the radio stations are sneaking in festive songs, and food and cocktails are all I can think about.
When I was at Walmart the other day, it was all I could do to not load my cart up to the brim with all of the fun holiday goodies. What I did load my cart up with was all of the Schweppes® Sparkling Water – their 8 pack varieties are new to Walmart and I couldn’t be more excited. They had a big end cap filled with Orange, Lemon-Lime, Black Cherry, and Raspberry Lime.
It’s time to stock up my bar cart for the holiday season and I can’t be without sparkling water for all of my cocktails, mocktails, and general refreshment. Truth be told, I got down to the very last two of my Schweppes Orange Sparkling Water before I had to shoot this recipe and I thought I would have to run out to get some more.
I was able to hold back long enough, but it was very very hard (especially because I love any excuse for a good Walmart run). There’s seriously nothing more refreshing than ice-cold sparkling water.
Cranberry and orange are some of my favorite flavor combinations, especially around the holidays. I knew right away that I wanted to pair the Schweppes Orange Sparkling Water with cranberry simple syrup and bourbon.
You seriously have to try this one. It’s refreshing, yet festive and perfectly stout. Pair it with your best cheeseboard and you’ll definitely be winning the holiday party game.
For the Cranberry simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teasoon orange zest
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
For the Cocktail
- 1 ounce cranberry syrup
- 1 ½ ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
- club soda or sparkling water
- In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, orange zest, and cranberries to a simmer over medium-high heat until berries begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Strain and let cool.
- To make the cocktail, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the cooled cranberry simple syrup, bourbon, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water or club soda to taste.
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