Christmas Old Fashioned – A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Christmas Old Fashioned - A Rye Cocktail with Cranberry Syrup

We love a good Old Fashioned cocktail, and this Cranberry Christmas Old Fashioned is perfect for the holidays! Cranberry Simple Syrup, Rye and bitters are a great combo!



We love a great Old Fashioned, but it is nice to occasionally mix it up with some seasonal additions. With Christmas coming up, we decided to embrace the Yuletide spirit and made a Christmas version of this classic cocktail! Cranberries are a classic Christmas ingredient and we always make sugared cranberries for Christmas to use as decorative garnishes and a special treat, making the sugared cranberries leaves us with an awesome cranberry syrup that just begs to be used in a cocktail.




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Christmas Old Fashioned in a rocks glass with cranberries on cocktail pick, christmas ornaments, bitters bottle and whiskey bottle in background



Christmas Old Fashioned

A great rye is essential to a good Old Fashioned, so we started out with Koval Single Barrel Rye, a delicious 100% rye distilled in Chicago that is perfect for sipping neat, but also makes for an excellent base spirit in an Christmas Old Fashioned.






We really like the way the Koval Single Barrel Rye works in this drink, as it brings a warm hint of honey and maple syrup and peppery spice. The maple flavor works really well at Christmas, pour it in with this jigger.





Christmas Old Fashioned in a rocks glass with cranberries on cocktail pick, christmas ornaments.

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Muddling in the sweet cranberry syrup, tangy orange and the warming spices of a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters, this cocktail stays true to its classic roots, but just gets a festive lift from the cranberry syrup.  Garnished with sugared cranberries, this drink will be sure to get your guests full of Christmas cheer! Be sure to add the sugar rim on these Rocks glasses, to cut the tartness!




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Christmas Old Fashioned - A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
An orange and cranberry holiday version of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.



If desired, rim glass with sugar.

Muddle the cranberries and orange wedge in a glass.

Add rye and simple syrup.

Top with bitters and stir.

Add ice.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 16.6g Fiber: 0.7g Sugar: 15.7g Protein: 0.2g


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29 thoughts on “Christmas Old Fashioned – A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

  1. My husband loves old fashions (I think he got on a kick after our Mad Men marathon). While I’m not a huge fan, I really love the Christmasy twist! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE a quality Old Fashioned! What a great holiday twist to a classic cocktail – this would definitely be the perfect choice to make at a Christmas party. Thanks for the idea!

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