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Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush

Roasted honey cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon and bubbly lemon-lime soda. This Cranberry Bourbon Crush is perfect for a large batch of punch at your holiday party!

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Cranberry juice is the base of so many of my cocktails it is not even funny.  I think I buy more cranberry juice than anything else and I have to say that I never drink it straight.  

It is way too tart on its own, even the juice “cocktails” that you get at the store, that I usually have to pair it with something.  That something is usually vodka and lime.

Go ahead and say it…  Vodka has no taste and lime is tart too, you idiot.  Not in a cocktail, though.  It magically becomes sweet and the perfect drink combination!  Okay, it’s probably still tart but I love it anyway!

Roasted cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon, and bubbly lemon-lime soda. Perfect a large batch of punch! Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush Recipe | Take Two Tapas

When the hubby and I went to Kentucky for the Derby in 2014 bourbon was everywhere!  I even went on a tour of a bourbon distillery and had a few tastings. 

I wasn’t a huge fan I have to say.  Bourbon is definitely an acquired taste.  One that I am acquiring rapidly thanks to a bartender.  I really needed to start since the hubby has been collecting for a few years and now has quite a collection.

While we were in Kentucky I did have to try some.  One of the bartenders suggested adding a little something tart and sweet to help me ease into it.  He had a raspberry ginger ale on hand behind the bar so I gave it a shot.  All I can say is WOW!

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Roasted cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon, and bubbly lemon-lime soda. Perfect a large batch of punch! Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush Recipe | Take Two Tapas

That hint of raspberry and the little sweetness from the ginger ale had me hooked.  The hubby still likes his neat or with one ice cube (a fancy round one) but he did try my cocktail.  He gave it a thumbs up.

Ever since then I have been experimenting with bourbon to see what else I can pair with it to make a fun cocktail that I can drink alongside the hubs.  

While playing around for Cranberry Week I decided these Honey Roasted Cranberries from my Crostini were the perfect addition.  Now you can make one batch and have a cocktail and an appetizer!

Roasted cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon, and bubbly lemon-lime soda. Perfect a large batch of punch! Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush Recipe | Take Two Tapas

Given that the hubby is protective of his bourbon collection, he is not a fan of me experimenting with it.  Especially if he is not sure of the outcome. No wasted bourbon in our house!

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Roasted cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon, and bubbly lemon-lime soda. Perfect a large batch of punch! Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush Recipe | Take Two Tapas

I mixed my bourbon with some cranberry juice, some of these amazing honey roasted cranberries, and a bit of Cranberry flavored Sprite.

The Cranberry Sprite is only around in my town during the holidays so if you can’t find it, regular Sprite or other lemon-lime soda will do.

Roasted cranberry bourbon crush in a glass

Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush

Roasted honey cranberries pair nicely with tart cranberry juice, caramel hinted bourbon and bubbly lemon-lime soda. This Cranberry Bourbon Crush is perfect for a large batch of punch at your holiday party!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 567kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

Honey Roasted Cranberries

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

For the Cranberry Bourbon Crush Cocktail

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry Sprite
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons honey roasted cranberries
  • cranberries for garnish

Instructions

Make the Honey Roasted Cranberries

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Combine the cranberries, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
  • Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or one with a silicone baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until they start to burst.
  • Remove and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Make the Roasted Cranberry Bourbon Crush

  • Combine the Bourbon, cranberry juice, and cranberry soda.
  • Stir in the roasted cranberries.
  • Divide between two glasses with ice.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 136g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 23mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 113g

Welcome to #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline’s Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We’ll be sharing cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day.

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Andrea

Monday 20th of August 2018

I like the idea of making this punch for a party or large gathering. Will definitely have to try it.

Andrea

Monday 20th of August 2018

I like the idea of making this punch for a party or large gathering. Will definitely have to try it.

Bam's Kitchen

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

Jen, love visiting your blog around the holiday. It is like one stop recipe for all my entertaining!!! Sharing, of course!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 8th of December 2016

Thanks love!!