Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? This slightly sweet Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail is perfect for the chilly winter months. Makes 1 drink.
For the longest time, I swore up and down that I would never be a whiskey (or bourbon) girl because the smell was off-putting to me.
Because of this mindset, it took me I was 26 to even give whiskey/bourbon a try.
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 bourbon drink. Then after flipping through the recipes, we decided this one was calling to us. And that was a good thing, y’all.
Why I love this recipe:
The cranberry cocktail is 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.
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What do I need to make this bourbon cocktail?
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In addition to these tools, you’ll need the following ingredients to make this bourbon cocktail:
- Simple syrup, either homemade or store-bought
- Bourbon—a good, drinkable one (and not the type that’s the bottom shelf stuff, please)
- Unsweetened cranberry juice—not cranberry cocktail, please and thank you
- Lemon juice—preferably fresh squeezed
- Lemon slices and cranberries, for garnish
How to make this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail at home
Make The Simple Syrup
Please note that if you’re using storebought simple syrup, you can skip on to the mixing of the drink. 😉 I personally like to make my own simple syrup because it keeps well, and it’s awesome to have for random mixed drink making.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Do not boil.
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
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the bourbon, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Place the lid on the cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. I do this until the shaker is almost too cold to hold onto.
Place an ice sphere or whiskey stones into an old fashioned/rocks glass. Pour the drink over the ice cube/whiskey stones.
Garnish with a slice of lemon or a couple of cranberries, and enjoy immediately.
The Cocktail Chronicles
This bourbon cocktail was originally made as a part of the Cocktail Chronicles, a drink series where my husband and I made classic cocktails out of a cocktail book we own and rated them.
Here’s our rating of the Blizzard:
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!
Now, who’s ready for a cocktail?
Let me show you how easily you can mix one up in the new VIDEO, then scroll down to get the ingredients for yourself!
I promise you, you’re gonna want to do this:
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.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
The Blizzard Cocktail
- 2 ¼ oz. bourbon
- 1 ½ oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
- ½ oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 oz. simple syrup, recipe above
- Lemon slices and cranberries, for garnish
Make the Simple Syrup
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium-high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer. Do not boil.
- 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
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour the bourbon, cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup into the cocktail shaker.
- Place the lid onto the cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously.
- Place spherical ice or whiskey stones in an old fashioned glass. Pour the drink over the ice cube/whiskey stones.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon or a couple of cranberries, and enjoy immediately.
Unsweetened cranberry juice adds SUCH a nice tartness to this cocktail. Please try to find that in the grocery instead of the sweetened cranberry juice cocktail that's widely available.
Original recipe from The Ultimate Book of Cocktails. Adapted over the years by me. 😀
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Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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. A video was added on October 8, 2017.