The Sparkling Cranberry Vanilla Old-Fashioned is a stunning, sweeter, seasonal take on the classic whiskey cocktail. Serve up one of these drinks — garnished with sugared cranberries, of course — to your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s guests for a festive addition to any holiday party.
This post and giveaway are sponsored by DRY Sparkling. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Feast + West! #HolidayPairingParty
Okay, so Thanksgiving is one week away.
My goodness. How did that even happen? Is it just me or has fall has seemed particularly busier this year than past ones?
Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned yet?
I’m spending it away from home this year, and I’m looking forward to relaxing and having some lighter cooking duties for once. I love Thanksgiving so much, but this woman needs a break!
So what does a busy woman make for Thanksgiving when she’s away from home?
- Mini Cranberry Apple Casseroles. That’s a given. These are easy to throw together. All you need is a cutting board and a mixing bowl or two, plus some ramekins to hold the casseroles. I’ll probably upgrade to a full-sized casserole dish this year, though! Easier for transport!
- Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. My friends and family can always count on me to bring the booze at the holidays. I’m just fun like that. I might be making these Apple Pie Chai Cocktails from last year’s Bright Blog Bash. I was thinking about them this morning and they were such a big hit!
- And more cocktails! I made this Sparkling Cranberry Vanilla Old-Fashioned recently and I know you’re going to love it, too!
Recently my friend Amber invited me to try out some new flavors of DRY Sparkling for the holidays. The new Cranberry and Ginger flavors are so much fun for the holidays!
I used the Cranberry DRY Sparkling to make a Sparkling Cranberry Vanilla Old-Fashioned.
Okay, sure, it’s not the most traditional of old-fashioned cocktails. It’s sweet and sparkling.
But it is a great way to get your feet wet in drinking whiskey cocktails. And, it sure looks festive!
To make a Sparkling Cranberry Vanilla Old-Fashioned, you’ll muddle fresh cranberries and a piece of lemon rind with vanilla bitters.
(I recently bought this vanilla, clove and cinnamon bitters from local Crude Bitters and I”m in love!)
Then, add with a giant ice cube, your favorite whiskey or bourbon, a few drops of cranberry juice and a splash of Cranberry DRY Sparkling.
I usually add another, tiny dash of bitters to the surface of the cocktail for aroma. Top with some homemade candied cranberries and you’re ready to serve this festive libation. Cheers! // susannah
Check out some other DRY Sparkling recipes using their new Cranberry and Ginger flavors!
Visit Amber’s blog Loves Food, Loves to Eat on 11/17 for the full round-up of #HolidayPairingParty recipes.
- Blue Cheese + Bacon Cheesecake // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
- Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifter // Dunk & Crumble
- Crispy Pork & Sesame Slaw Sliders // Wit & Vinegar
- Ginger Pomegranate Mule // The Speckled Palate
- Apple and Caramelized Onion Tartlets // DailyWaffle
- Cranberry Ginger Bourbon Fizz // Cake ‘n Knife
- Rosemary Parmesan Scones // Nommable
- Grapefruit Mezcal Mule // Chicano Eats
- Sparkling Cranberry Orange Cream Puffs // Appeasing a Food Geek
- Pear and Pecan Arugula Salad with Sparkling Cranberry Vinaigrette // A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
- Ginger Bourbon Cooler // A Little Saffron
- Pumpkin Pasta with Toasted Pecans // Weeknight Society
- Dark Chocolate Satsuma Truffles // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
- In a rocks glass, muddle sugared cranberries, lemon zest and bitters. Top with ice and top with whiskey, cranberry juice and Cranberry DRY Sparkling. Serve with candied cranberries for garnish.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
- 3.5 cups cranberries (approx. 7 ounces)
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- In a medium bowl, combine cranberries and simple syrup. Stir to coat all the cranberries.
- With a fine mesh strainer, drain off any excess simple syrup into a mason jar. Discard or reserve for cocktails if desired.
- Lay the coated cranberries out to dry on a wire baking rack for one hour.
- Put cranberries in a bowl and coat with granulated sugar.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: Around 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g