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Christmas Old Fashioned – A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on September 22, 2020 by The 'Noms.

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.



Christmas Old Fashioned - A Rye Cocktail with Cranberry Syrup








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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 Maine Maple Syrup and peppery spice. The maple flavor works really well at Christmas, pour it in with this jigger. Make sure to get this winter Old Fashioned cocktail, the Pine Old Fashioned!





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

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What Ingredients are Needed for the Christmas Old Fashioned?

  • Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar
  • Orange Wedge
  • Cranberries




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 - rye whiskey, cranberry simple syrup and bitters
Yield: 1

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 in a glass.

Add rye and simple syrup.

Top with bitters and stir.

Add ice. Garnish with orange slice and more cranberries if desired.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 16.6gFiber: 0.7gSugar: 15.7gProtein: 0.2g

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Christmas Old Fashioned - rye, cranberry simple syrup, bitters




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