Looking for a fun and festive cocktails for the holidays? This ‘Jingle Bell Smash’ is my winter take on a whiskey smash that’s made with a rosemary simple syrup and cranberry juice (plus your favorite bourbon of course!).

2 whiskey glasses filled with cranberry cocktail and fresh cranberries. topped with sugared rosemary

Surely you know by now that my obsession with the classic whiskey smash runs DEEP. Bourbon is kind of the only thing I’ve wanted to drink lately and I’m okay with that. I figured that I couldn’t let the year end without making a holiday version of my favorite drink :D

SO, enter this easy cranberry whiskey cocktail.

top down shot of a cranberry whiskey cocktail with fresh cranberries in it and sugared rosemary sitting on the rim

If bourbon/ whiskey is not your thing, feel free to swap it out for your favorite spirit. I tried this recipe with a local cranberry vodka (side note: if you live in/ around Oregon, you NEED to give Wild Roots a try. Their vodkas are so good but I truly love their grapefruit infused gin OMG).

Bourbon is my favorite in this but seriously, you do you :D

cranberry cocktail with rosemary on top and a bottle of cranberry vodka in the background

In the recipe card, I linked my recipe for making rosemary simple syrup. It adds a lot of delicious flavor (and sweetness) to this cocktail and I highly recommend it! If you’ve never made simple syrup before, it’s super easy. HOWEVER, to make this extra easy, you can also use maple syrup instead (which is what I do when I’m feeling really lazy).

top down shot of a cranberry whiskey cocktail with fresh cranberries in it and sugared rosemary sitting on the rim

That’s for this quick and easy Friday recipe!

As always, if you end up making this recipe, please snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @foodwithfeeling! I always love to see what y’all are making from the blog!

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top down shot of a cranberry whiskey cocktail with fresh cranberries in it and sugared rosemary sitting on the rim

Jingle Bell Smash


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup*
  • 1 ounce lemon juice (or orange would be great too!)
  • Fresh cranberries and rosemary for serving

Instructions

  1. In a shaker or cocktail mixer filled with ice, combine the cranberry juice, bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake/ stir to combine.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish and ENJOY!

Notes

*you can sub the simple syrup for maple syrup as desired

*to make the sugared rosemary: wet the sprig of rosemary and shake off any excess water. toss in sugar and let sit for 30 minutes to dry.

  • Category: cockatil
  • Method: shaker
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: easy cocktail, holiday cocktail, bourbon cocktail