Happy day after Christmas, everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and are relaxing from what was probably a day of energizing fun! Are we all ready for the New Year yet? I’m getting there, slowly. I already broke out my new planner and have started jotting down goals. Oh, and of course I have been preparing for New Year’s Eve! These cinnamon and cranberry bourbon spritzers are absolutely the perfect way to celebrate! These little beauties will make your New Year’s Eve shine. Made with some amazing ingredients like a homemade cinnamon simple syrup, bourbon, and Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with Cranberry, these cinnamon and cranberry bourbon spritzers take on a whole new level of flavor!
There are a gazillion things that I love about these cinnamon and cranberry bourbon spritzers. It’s partly because of the cinnamon simple syrup.
Yes, you heard me correctly.
Cinnamon … Simle … Syrup
… and yes, it is AS glorious as it sounds.
Another thing I love about these cinnamon and cranberry bourbon spritzers is how simple and refreshing they are. Most of all though, it is their lightness that I adore so much.
They aren’t being overwhelmed by super heavy ingredients. It’s a great drink to bring in the New Year, as many of us are trying to live in a healthier kind of way. These cranberry bourbon spritzers are the perfect drink in helping you to do that.
This recipe is so simple. Whip up a large batch! You will need to make the cinnamon simple syrup ahead of time, as it takes some time to cook, but once you have made it, it can sit for a week or two. I suggest making this a couple days before you actually decided to make your cocktails. You can find the recipe for the cinnamon simple syrup below.
As for the actually cranberry bourbon spritzer, you basically throw all of the ingredients into a shaker (less the fresh cranberries) and shake away. Pour on the rocks or straight up. Both ways are delicious. Trust me, I’ve done both.
Oh, and don’t forget the garnish of fresh cranberries because they are adorable, and do you really need any more reason to that?
So, what brings this drink all together? Why the combination of Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with Cranberry and traditional Canada Dry Ginger Ale® does. These two ingredients are what give these cranberry bourbon spritzers their “spritzer-like” quality. The bubbles. It’s all about the bubbles in this drink! I ESPECIALLY adore the Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with Cranberry because it give you that hint of cranberry without being overwhelmed by the bitterness you get from a traditional cranberry juice. It’s the perfect cocktail for a perfect New Year’s Eve.
You can find both of these products at your local Walmart, where they have more Canada Dry Ginger Ale® products than you could possibly think of. No seriously, I had the hardest time choosing! I had no idea how many different kinds of varieties there were! I was slightly overwhelmed, in an amazing kind of way. ;)
It’s all about these cinnamon and cranberry bourbon spritzers today, so there won’t be beer pairing, but the recipe is below! I hope you guys have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekends! xo
Cinnamon and Cranberry Bourbon Spritzers
- 6 ounces bourbon
- 3 ounces Canada Dry Ginger Ale®
- 3 ounces Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with Cranberry
- splash of cranberry juice
- splash of orange juice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon simple syrup recipe below, more or less to taste
- cranberries for garnish
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- In a large shaker, add a handful of ice, along with the bourbon, Canada Dry Ginger Ale®, Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with Cranberry, splash of cranberry juice, splash of orange juice, and cinnamon simple syrup.
- Give it a good shake, and pour into glasses with or without ice.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries.
- For the simple syrup, combine the water and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and let boil for 10-15 minutes before adding the sugar. Add the sugar, and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into an airtight container and seal. The simple syrup will keep for at least a week or two.