A toast for the holidays

A cranberry bourbon mixed with ginger beer will do the trick.


In preparation for going back to visiting Island bars, I have been going through many different mixed drinks to try out during quarantine. I discovered this drink by accident, mixing a small nip of bourbon with cranberry juice; it surprised me to find out cranberry juice and bourbon make an excellent pair.

The cranberry bourbon has solidified its place in my holiday mixed drinks to have at future gatherings. I am a big fan of ginger beer, and will take any chance to make a mixed drink out of it. Although the recipe I found through dishesdelish.com used simple syrup, I didn’t bother adding any, since the Fever Tree ginger beer and Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey were sweet enough by themselves.

I used two different types of ginger beer for my cranberry bourbon: the Fever Tree and Maine Root Ginger Brew, which had a spicier kick and was less sweet than the Fever Tree. The cranberry bourbon is a simple drink to experiment with and swap out different ingredients. Give the cranberry bourbon a try, and find a perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Cranberry Ginger Beer Bourbon

4.5 oz. bourbon
3 oz. cranberry juice
3.5 oz. ginger beer

Measure out the drink ingredients in an old-fashioned glass. Stir together on the rocks, and enjoy the cranberry bourbon’s bittersweetness.



  1. Fun! Thanks for tagging me. 🙂 The reason I use simple syrup is the cranberry juice I use is unsweetened! I love Martha’s Vineyard. I’m about 10 miles north of Boston, myself.

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