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Spiced Cranberry Whiskey Sour Recipe

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


This Spiced Cranberry Whiskey Sour is made with homemade cranberry simple syrup, lemon juice, whiskey and egg whites for that epic foam on top. It’s the perfect tangy-sweet cocktail for the holidays!



Spiced Cranberry Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Spiced Cranberry Whiskey Sour:

  • 2 oz. your favorite bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Spiced Cranberry Syrup
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 12 dashed orange bitters
  • 12 teaspoons egg whites

Optional Garnish: fresh cranberries, rosemary sprigs and fresh orange slices


Spiced Cranberry Syrup:

  1. To a small saucepan, add water, sugar, fresh cranberries, cinnamon, star anise and orange zest.
  2. Give it a quick stir. Bring mixture to a slow boil over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring throughout. Do not let the cranberries burst, as this release pectin and will make your sauce more gelatinous. 
  3. Pour mixture through a strainer into a glass jar and refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. 

Spiced Cranberry Whiskey Sour:

  1. To a cocktail shaker, add ice, whiskey, lemon juice, spiced cranberry syrup, cranberry juice, orange bitters and egg white. 
  2. Secure the top and shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker is frosty on the outside. 
  3. Pour through a cocktail strainer into a coupe class. 
  4. Top with fresh cranberries, rosemary sprig and orange slice.