The Speckled Palate
January 18, 2013

The Cocktail Chronicles: Blizzard

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly winter months.

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.

For the longest time, I swore up and down that I would never be a whiskey (or bourbon) girl.

I wasn’t interested.

As far as I was concerned, the smell was indicative of the taste. And since the smell was off-putting to me, I would surely hate it.

I wouldn’t even take a sip.

Because of this mindset, it took me I was 26 to even give whiskey/bourbon a try.

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.

Fittingly so, my first grown-up whiskey drink was at Whiskey Kitchen in Nashville, and I fell head over heels for it.

So when Winston and I were discussing what recipe to kick off The Cocktail Chronicles with, we pretty much came to a unanimous decision to start with a whiskey/bourbon drink. Then after flipping through the recipes, we decided this one was calling to us. And that was a good thing, y’all.

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.

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Now, who’s ready for a cocktail?

Here we go:

The Blizzard
 
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Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Makes: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
The Blizzard Cocktail
  • 2.25 oz. bourbon
  • 1.5 oz. 100% pure cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
Instructions
Make the Simple Syrup
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer. (Do not boil.)
  3. When the sugar has completely dissolved into the water, remove from the heat and set aside. Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator until time to use the syrup.
Make the Blizzard Cocktail
  1. Pour the bourbon, cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the ingredients vigorously in the cocktail shaker with plenty of large ice cubes.
  3. Pour the mixture over spherical ice or whiskey stones.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon or a couple of cranberries, and enjoy chilled.

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.The cocktail was nicely balanced, and no flavor overpowered the others. Additionally, the bourbon wasn’t too strong — a problem I have found with some drinks like this. Winston echoes my opinion and said the drink, itself, wasn’t fruity or too sweet, which was a plus for him. It’s refreshing and delicious, and it would make a fantastic party drink since it calls for cranberries as a garnish.

 

Five cheers! We highly recommend The Blizzard. Not only was this drink delicious, but it was good enough for us to want to sip it again!

Do you like bourbon/whiskey cocktails?

Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade simple syrup to create this winter-flavored cocktail, entitled The Blizzard. Serve with frozen cranberries or ice, and enjoy this slightly sweet bourbon drink during the chilly months.

The photos and recipe for this Blizzard cocktail were originally published on January 18, 2013. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on November 8, 2016.

34 Comments

  1. Gina @ So Lets Hang Out

    Oh, Girl. This looks AWESOME. My husband and I recently started doing the same sort of thing. I got him (me) a book of over 1000 cocktails for Christmas. Our new years resolutions were to start drinking more veggie juice… oh, and to drink our way through the cocktail book. You know, just keeping it balanced. haha. I look forward to ogling your cocktail adventures. We did a whiskey sour last week. I am in love. Whiskey is divine… who knew?

    • Erin

      Can I just say that I LOVE that y’all are not only juicing… but that you’re drinking through your own cocktail book? That balancing act… superb job! And I agree: Who knew whiskey was so lovely? Certainly not me. (Glad I’m not the only one who jumped on the whiskey bandwagon a little, uh, late.)

  2. Alli

    I want one right now even though I’m at work. (Oh who am I kidding, I want one right now precisely because I’m at work!)

    Seriously it sounds delish.

    • Erin

      I’m doing some writing at home, and I want one, too. At 5 o’clock, let’s both make one to kick off the weekend right!

  3. Natalie

    This cocktail looks great! Love cranberries!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Natalie! I love cranberries, too, and they are such a lovely touch in this cocktail!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Kristi! It’s a delicious one, too!

  4. Maria

    I tried bourbon for the first time this year and I was kind of a baby about it. It burns! You make this drink look pretty and delicious though!

    • Erin

      As someone who hardly ever drinks bourbon straight, I can see why you’d kind of be a baby about it. Because it DOES burn. (Though some of the good stuff I have had the opportunity to sip did taste pretty delectable… though that’s another story for another time.)

      If you decide to try it again, give this drink a shot. It’s well-balanced, and the bourbon isn’t overpowering. Have a great Sunday, Maria!

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  7. AB

    Do you use pure tart cranberry juice or cranberry juice that’s already sweetened?

    • Erin

      Alisa, just saw your comment. I couldn’t find the pure tart cranberry juice in my grocery store here, so I used the already sweetened juice.

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  9. Barb

    I used cruising – dried cranberries- they plump up, and are better eating than a fresh cranberry!

    • Erin

      So happy to hear dried cranberries worked beautifully in this drink, Barb! Enjoy!

  10. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    I just pinned this! Looks like a drink I could enjoy. My husband loves bourbon and has quite the collection, but I do not enjoy it over ice like he does.

  11. Laura Hager

    Hey! I just found your blog from Pinterest. This drink looks amazing. I’m definitely a whiskey girl! I can’t wait to try this drink this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Theresa

    This is quite yummy! I’ve recently started enjoying whiskey and bourbon as well and this reminds me of a New York Sour, one of my new favorite drinks. I wonder how this would be with lime juice rather than lemon? Cranberry and lime go so well togther…

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  20. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I totally get that! It does have a strong and unpleasant smell. I love what you did with it here!

  21. Amy Stafford

    I have recently become a whisky fan, if it has the right mixer it can be a great cocktail.

  22. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I never liked bourbon until recently. So good, and your recipe is fab! Perfect for the holidays!

  23. katerina @ diethood.com

    The perfect holiday cocktail!! Can’t wait to try it!! Cheers!

  24. Michelle

    This one is going on my MUST TRY list! I’m always up for trying new cocktails!

  25. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    I’ve been looking for a new holiday cocktail and this looks amazing! Plus I’m loving that gigantic ice cube!

  26. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    I love the rich color – great pics!

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