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Cranberry Cider Smash

Cranberry Cider Smash - A mix of bourbon and apple cider with a splash of cranberry juice, this festive drink is perfect for the holidays!

Bourbon has always been a liquor that I’ve used in cooking. I love the smokey and subtle sweetness it lends. So, when I had a cocktail in mind using cider and cranberry, I knew I had to incorporate bourbon. I couldn’t think of any other flavor that would give the drink that warm yet refreshing taste I was looking for. I did some research on this one. Mixology does not come naturally to me. I can whip up flavors, but I have no idea what drinks are already out there. I found that there is a drink that combines bourbon and cider with a splash of lemon juice. It’s called a Cider Smash. I replaced the lemon juice with cranberry and garnish with thin slices of apple.

Here’s a little fun fact about bourbon…did you know that the interiors of the white oak barrels in which bourbon is aged, are torched and charred before the liquor is added? That char lends to the deep color and the smokey flavor of the final product. Isn’t that neat?

Cranberry Cider Smash

2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce cranberry juice
4 ounces apple cider
1 teaspoon agave or honey (or more…to taste)
crushed ice
1 fresh apple, sliced thinly

Special equipment: Cocktail Shaker

Combine the bourbon, cranberry juice, apple cider and agave in the shaker with just a bit of ice. Give it a nice shake then pour into a glass with some additional ice and a few slices of apple.


Makes one drink.

Cranberry Cider Smash - A mix of bourbon and apple cider with a splash of cranberry juice, this festive drink is perfect for the holidays!
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Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria

Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria with white wine

Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria

1 cinnamon stick
1/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. water
1 C. fresh cranberries, divided
1 pear, sliced
zest from one orange
1/4 C. pear brandy (you can use any brandy you have on hand)
white or red wine
sparkling water

In a small saucepan, over high heat, combine water, sugar, cinnamon stick and 1/2 C. of the cranberries. Once boiling, reduce to  low heat and simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the cranberries have begun to pop a bit. Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a clear glass pitcher, combine the Brandy, pear, remaining cranberries, orange zest and the cooled sugar mixer including the cinnamon sticks with the wine. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to come together for 12 and up to 24 hours.

When serving, spoon some fruit into a glass, pour the sangria over the fruit and top with a splash of sparkling water.


  • Try topping the glass off with a sugared cranberry. Just rinse some cranberries under water. Let them sit for second, then dip them individually into granulated sugar.