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Mezcal Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by The Noms

 The cranberry simple syrup in this cranberry cocktail recipe lends color and light sweetness to this smoky mezcal and bourbon split base drink!


This super simple cocktail is balanced and can be made super fast giving you more time to cheers and enjoy it with friends! Just 4 ingredients, this cranberry cocktail recipe is perfect for any time of year!


Pink cocktail in glass with clear ice, cranberries on cocktail pick


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Did you know cranberry can be a spring and summer flavor too? I know most people think about it as a winter, especially Christmas flavor. But, made with the right flavors, it can be summer in a glass – in the same line as other berries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries!


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Split Base Cocktail

A split base cocktail is taking two spirits and using both to build the foundation for the cocktail. We have looked at a split base as a great way to add layers of flavor to the cocktail but not having one spirit being the leader. A majority of split bases are in the same spirit family: mezcal with tequila, scotch and bourbon together, or dark rum and light rum.


Most people making drinks are home are into classics such as an Old Fashioned or Margarita. You don’t have to buy a lot of ingredients, they are easy to balance, and most of these classic cocktails have a one spirit base. But, you can try it out in an Old Fashioned – combine rye and bourbon and see what you like!


Pink cocktail being poured from cocktail shaker into gold rimmed glass with clear ice


We think sometimes one flavor is not enough. There are equal parts cocktails (Negroni and Last Word) that use the same measurements for each ingredient. But split bases are maybe 1.25 oz of one liquor, and .75 oz of another, or even 1.50/.50. They can be split equally too, just depends what flavors you are looking for.


A mixed berry pie still takes like berries, but its more complex because of the different berries. Same rule applies here if you remember that making cocktails is just building flavors in your glass. It’s a great way to add complexity, usually without adding tens of ingredients more to change the flavor.


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We did that in the Elvis cocktail with Peanut Butter Whiskey and Scotch. And our Raspberry Margaritas with Mezcal and tequila. And in the classic Ancient Mariner, all the rums!


Split Base Cocktails with Different Spirits

Sometimes if you split the base with two complementary spirits such as bourbon or vodka, the drinks achieve a new level of sophistication and subtlety. Also – if you feel you need more “oomph” as we call it, in a cocktail, you can always add vodka to whatever you are making. The vodka adds more proof, but doesn’t really add or take away flavor, it’s the perfect 0 sum booze.


Pink cocktail in glass with clear ice, cranberries on cocktail pick


We split the base in the Rambler’s Ruby with gin and mezcal. The smokiness of the mezcal and the gin were perfect together! Or like we did in our Rum Punch with Rum and Vodka.



Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

So, when we were working on this cocktail we loved the smoky hint of mezcal with bourbon. The dryness of the bourbon, and then a touch of smoke from the mezcal brings it all together with the sweetness of the cranberry syrup.


Pink cocktail in glass with clear ice, cranberries on cocktail pick


And the orange bitters sends it over the top. If you have ever had cranberry relish at Thanksgiving or Christmas, you know that touch of orange brings it all together.


Which it does in this case, too! We hope you try this one out!


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Like this recipe? Try these below, too!

The Mexican Mint Julep is a mezcal cocktail served in a rocks glass and topped with jalepeno and fresh mint.

Mexican Mint Julep


Christmas Old Fashioned - A Rye Cocktail with Cranberry Syrup

Christmas Old Fashioned


Other Split Base Cocktails


Pink cocktail in glass with clear ice, cranberries on cocktail pick
Yield: 1

Mezcal Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This cranberry cocktail recipe is perfect all year long, not just at Christmas! Full of smoky flavors with mezcal and a touch of bourbon for richness. Cheers!



  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into rocks glass with ice.
  3. Garnish with more cranberries on a cocktail pick if desired, or an orange peel.
  4. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Sodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 23.8g

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Cranberry cocktail recipe in glass with clear ice, cranberries on cocktail pick


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