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.
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.
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.
Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for The Blizzard
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- Essentials: Sherical Ice Molds. Cocktail shaker. (If you’re looking for a flashier shaker, I suggest the Kate Spade New York Gold-Dot Cocktail Shaker and the Cambridge Silversmith’s Copper-Etched 24. oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker.
- Get the look!: Pryce Rocks Glasses. Sur La Table BBQ Check Napkins. The ceramic tray shown here is no longer sold, but the Roulette Large Oval Platter, the Nordal Deluxe Round Tray and the Bloomingville Marble Deco Tray are similar.
Now, who’s ready for a cocktail?
Here we go:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
The Blizzard Cocktail
- 2.25 oz . bourbon
- 1.5 oz . 100% pure cranberry juice (unsweetened)
- 1/2 oz . freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 oz . simple syrup
- 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
- In a cocktail shaker, measure in the bourbon, cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the simple syrup.
- Add ice cubes to the cocktail shaker, and shake the ingredients vigorously.
- Pour the mixture over spherical ice or whiskey stones.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon or a couple of cranberries, and enjoy immediately.
Recipe NotesUnsweetened cranberry juice adds SUCH a nice tartness to this cocktail. Please try to find that in the grocery instead of the sweetened cranberry punch that's available.
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?
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.