Since our last bourbon cocktail was so popular (thanks, Pinterest!) and Christmas is only a few days away I decided to share another bourbon cocktail recipe with you today. This one is the Cran-Orange Sparkler and also features Coopers’ Craft Bourbon since I had plenty left over from the complimentary bottle they sent me to try the Bourbon Blackberry Rickey.
The Cran-Orange Sparkler, suggested by Cooper’s Craft Bourbon mixologist Michael Ring, is easily my favorite of the two I’ve tried. I’m surprised to admit that because I love blackberries but the cranberries in this one are so festive for Christmas that it won me over.
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The Cran-Orange Sparkler cocktail recipe from Coopers’ Craft Bourbon is another of their bourbon + bubbles recipes. It features Coopers’ Craft (the bourbon) and sparkling water (the bubbles) which combine to create a delicious citrus-y cocktail that is perfect for your holiday party. This has already taken a prominent place at the top of our Christmas Day menu as our featured cocktail. We featured a cranberry cocktail last year as well so I was originally hoping for something else this time around but the orange sets this off perfectly. I don’t expect any complaints from anyone we’re hosting.
Another great thing about this bourbon cocktail is that, like the Bourbon Blackberry Rickey, it avoids artificial sweeteners and unnecessary sugars. Anything I can do to avoid extra sugar during Christmas is a win, right?
This bourbon cocktail uses fresh cranberries for the drink and the garnish so I just set aside a few handfuls when I’m making my homemade cranberry sauce. Can you tell we’re big cranberry lovers over here? haha. I’m sure I’ll be sipping on this one all winter.
To make this Bourbon Blackberry Rickey you’ll need:
**Please drink responsibly.**
- 1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
- .50 oz Simple Syrup
- 6 ea Fresh Cranberries
- 2-3 oz Orange Flavored Sparkling Water
- 2 dash Orange Bitters
- 1 ea Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry
- In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler.
- Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.
- Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.
- For the mocktail version replace the bourbon with lemonade
About Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels and the importance of wood in bourbon-making, Coopers’ Craft uses a unique charcoal finishing process. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, Korbel, Finlandia, Chambord and Sonoma-Cutrer.
Do you like cranberry cocktails as much as we do? Tell me about your favorites and be sure to pin this to your cocktail boards!