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Christmas Old Fashioned – A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on July 28, 2022 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 - golden cocktail in rocks glass with cranberries on pick and sugar rim. Christmas ornaments and greenery in background


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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 a rye whiskey, in this case we used Redemption Rye, which is perfect for sipping neat, but also makes for an excellent base spirit in an Christmas Old Fashioned.



We really like the way the Rye whiskey works in this drink, as it brings a warm hint of honey, maple syrup and peppery spice. The maple flavor of course works really well at Christmas. 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 (more info below!)
  • 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!


Christmas Old Fashioned - golden cocktail in rocks glass with sugar rim and cranberries on pick. Muddler, bottles and Christmas ornaments in background


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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.


Cranberry Old Fashioned


If desired, rim glass with sugar. Add ice ball to glass.

Crush (don't muddle) the cranberries in a mixing glass.

Add rye and simple syrup. Add ice.

Top with bitters and stir until chilled.

Strain into glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with orange slice and 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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Cranberry cocktail in rocks glass with christmas decor behind


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