Ohh whiskayy, you make me feel friskayy! Meeyowww! Hahaha.
Whiskey sours are my absolute favourite cocktail, and this Winter Whiskey Sour is seriously bad-ass. After taking these photos yesterday, I didn’t even hesitate to knock them both back, which left me a little afternoon-tipsayy! Weeooo!
When I pulled out the ingredients to make my Spiced Cranberry-Orange cake, I immediately knew what I was going to do with the leftovers. The cranberries, the orange, the anise, the cinnamon – they just make too damn good of a combination not to.
It’ll be my mission to create another recipe with these heavenly flavours, but today is all about pairing them with some fine whiskey.
This cocktail can easily be made virgin without the bitters and whiskey, and still tastes delightful. You could also tweak it to make a great holiday punch by mixing a liter of cranberry juice, a liter of orange juice, two liters of club soda, and a cup of the simple syrup (give or take, depending on how sweet you want it). Then just add some cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to the bowl for garnish. Voila!
You can save the anise and cinnamon sticks from the simple syrup to garnish the cocktails. And the orange peel? Well, here is a little fun fact for ya – once it cooks down with the sugars, it actually turns into candied orange! You can add it to the cocktail as an extra garnish, or nibble it on the side! So fun!
Feel free to toss a sprig or two of rosemary in the simple syrup as well. It would taste absolutely delightful, but I just didn’t have any lying around this time.
Alright gang, you ready to get frisky with this Winter Whiskey Sour?!?
Then leeeet’s do this thing!!
Winter Whiskey Sour
This holiday twist on a classic whiskey sour combines cranberries, orange, anise, and cinnamon for a perfect balance of citrus and spice!
For 2 Cocktails:
- 1/2 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
- 3 oz. whiskey
- 3 oz. orange juice fresh squeezed
- 1.5 oz. lemon juice
- 1.5 oz. simple syrup
- dash of bitters
- club soda to top
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 2 cups water
- Peel of 1 orange
- 4 or 5 cinnamon sticks
- Handful of anise pods around 10
- Orange slice
- Cinnamon stick
- Star anise
For the simple syrup:
In a medium sauce pan, combine the cane sugar, water, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and anise pods.
- Bring to a simmer on medium-high heat, stirring the sugar often until it fully dissolves.
- Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, or until 1 cup of liquid is left.
- Strain the syrup into a glass jar and save the spices and orange peel for garnishes.
- Allow to cool slightly before adding to cocktail.
For the cocktails:
Split the cranberries into two cocktail glasses, and muddle (smash with the end of a wooden spoon) until the juices are flowing.
Fill a martini shaker with ice.
- Add the fresh squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, whiskey, and a dash of cocktail bitters.
Cover and shake for 30 seconds, and pour into cocktail glasses.
Top with club soda and another dash of bitters.
Garnish with orange slice, star anise, and cinnamon stick.
- Cheers! =)
Leftover simple syrup can be stored in a sealed glass jar in the fridge virtually forever, so long as you strain out all solid bits.
As always, nutritional information is a rough estimate. For a full explanation of nutritional analysis, please read our Disclaimer.
If you made this recipe, I would be so honoured if you could rate it, share it, and leave a comment. Also, don’t forget to take a photo, tag @thedeliciousmanifest on Instagram, and hashtag it #thedeliciousmanifest. Thank you so much!
Lookin’ for more festive recipes? Check out the inspiration for this one, my Spiced Cranberry-Orange Cake. It is so quick and easy to make, and the flavour will knock your Christmas socks off!!