A simple winter cocktail, perfect for the holidays (or “just because”…we won’t judge).

Cranberry & Ginger Bourbon Smash

by Dishing Up the Dirt

Prep Time: 15 minutes  |  Cook Time: 30 minutes  |  Serves: 1 cup simple syrup


  • 1 cup good quality honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • Favorite bourbon or whiskey to serve
  • club soda
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan bring the honey and water to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cranberries and ginger. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve–saving the cranberries for garnish and the ginger for snacking (it’s better than candy!)
  2. Fill each cocktail glass with a little ice, an ounce of bourbon and 1-2 Tablespoons of the simple syrup. Top with soda water and serve.


*Store extra simple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks

*Use this recipe as a guide

*Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary

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Thanks to Dishing Up the Dirt for this amazing recipe. Check out her cookbook here.

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