Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe
Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com Raise a glass, cocktail lovers — it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, yes, the garland is hung and cookie-swapping is upon us, ...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Yield
1 cup simple syrup (enough for 8 cocktails)
Servings
8
Season
Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Drinks
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Yield
1 cup simple syrup (enough for 8 cocktails)
Servings
8
Diet
Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Cranberry-Spiced Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Cranberry-Spiced Whisky Sour Cocktail Recipe

Raise a glass, cocktail lovers — it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, yes, the garland is hung and cookie-swapping is upon us, but there’s another major reason we adore the end of the year. It is because the few months between Halloween and the New Year is high season for cocktail parties and we’re so here for it!

How To Master Holiday Entertaining

Of course we love hosting cocktail parties year round, be it a wintry California-inspired brunch or a spring Bridal Shower. But there’s no time quite like the holidays for a classic cocktail party with small bites, a curated playlist and quality refreshments that will leave your guests impressed with your mixology skills.

Though we’ve shared many an entertaining tip —  such as how to master holiday prep or set up your bar cart — our all-time top tip is to always have a signature cocktail at your festive gathering. Having a signature cocktail means your bar can center around just one drink. When that drink is a standout cocktail, it becomes a total conversation piece too!

What Is A Traditional Whisky Sour? 

So what exactly is a Whisky Sour you may be asking yourself. A Whisky Sour is a delicious concoction of lemon juice, sugar, egg white, maple syrup and of course whiskey. There are several variations of the Whisky Sour, such as the Boston Sour and the New York Sour.

The Whisky Sour origins come from while traveling on ships during the 1700s. To avoid the common threat of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) among sailors, citrus would be added to common drinks, hence the lemon! 

The cocktail gets its name here in the states based on the fact that whisky is used, and that the lemon juice creates that noticeable “sour” taste. The UK style of the drink is often preferred with an extra kick as it contains gin or brandy. For a strong traditional taste of the Whisky Sour cocktail, bourbon is the dealer's choice. For those who may want a less harsh version of the cocktail, adding more egg white can balance the flavors. 

Our Twist On The Whisky Sour

This holiday we’re partnering with THE HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA to share our signature cocktail of the season: a Spiced Cranberry Whiskey Sour. Yes, we took the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail that you know and love, then made it even more delicious thanks to the addition of a cinnamon-and-clove-spiced cranberry simple syrup. 

The aroma of the simple syrup cooking is so good we wish it was a candle scent! Then, when it’s shaken together with the classic Whiskey Sour ingredients and topped with dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic and orange bitters and a slice of citrus? It’s so festive it’s sure to become an instant holiday classic.

The Essential Ingredient

You already know how essential ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters is in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned. And we certainly can’t get enough of it in our low-ABV cocktails. But the reason this bar staple is so key for holiday cocktails? The telltale flavors of ANGOSTURA aromatic and orange bitters, of course! The bitters flood the senses with aromatic bouquets, citrus notes and hints of spice, which gives zest and complexity to all of your cold-weather favorites.

Bottom line: as we settle into the cozy winter season, this combination of cranberry-flavored, cinnamon-and-clove spiced simple syrup plus ANGOSTURA bitters takes a classic Whiskey Sour and transforms it into a seasonal delight with a dash (or several! ) of holiday spirit.

Where To Buy

So head over to your local grocery store or liquor retailer to stock your bar with ANGOSTURA bitters, invite some friends over and get ready to celebrate the holiday season in style! Oh, and if you’re in search of what to serve with your new signature cocktail, we’ve got your covered with our Best Appetizers For Entertaining.

Go stock up on all your bar essentials then share your creation with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Cranberry-Spiced Whisky Sour Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry-Spiced Whisky Sour Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry-Spiced Whisky Sour Cocktail Recipe Cranberry-Spiced Whisky Sour Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • Zest of 1 medium blood oranges

     peeled off in a long, 1-inch-wide strip with a vegetable peeler (be careful not to include any white pith)

  • ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces good-quality bourbon

    whisky

  • 3/4 ounce fresh egg white

    beaten until smooth

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Dried Orange Slices

    for garnish

Instructions

Make The Cranberry-Spiced Simple Syrup: Combine the cranberries, water, and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce heat to low. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange peel. Simmer until the majority of the cranberries collapse, which should take about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside to let cool slightly for about 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve and let sit until the liquid has drained from the cranberry mixture, at least 10 minutes.

Tip

The cranberry simple syrup can be stored up to 4 days before use. Store refrigerated in an airtight container and whisk briefly before using.

Make The Whisky Sour Cocktail: Place a few ice cubes and some water in a coupe glass to chill the glass, then set aside until ready to use.

For one cocktail, combine the bourbon with 1 ounce Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup, egg white, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and add enough ice to fill the majority of the way. Close the shaker and shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds until condensation appears on the outside of the cocktail shaker.

Empty the ice and water from the coupe glass and strain the whiskey sour into the glass. Top with 2 dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters and 1 dash of ANGOSTURA orange bitters (note that only the aromatic bitters will leave a visible mark on top of the egg cocktail). Drag a clean knife, toothpick, or straw across the dash of ANGOSTURA to make a heart shape. Add one dehydrated orange slice to the cocktail rim to garnish and serve immediately.

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