When it comes to spirits that are ideal for chilly weather sipping, bourbon is at the top of my list. Of course a bit all on its own is a perfect way to warm from the inside out on a cool night, but with a mission on my mind to whip up a seasonal bourbon cocktail, and finding myself in possession of some berry infused apple cider, the marriage of the two became inevitable.
Now, that berry infused cider was the result of a super simple twist on cranberry sauce made with the addition of summer berries (think: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) and apple cider that you can find here.
But you needn’t have the extras from the berry sauce on hand to make this cocktail. Any berry flavored juice will do, including plain cranberry. However, if you want a bit more flavor than standard cranberry, I recommend using Jumex brand juices that can be found in most Latino food sections at the local grocery store. I’ve used them in numerous cocktail recipes and their depth of flavor far exceeds that of typical store bought juice. Also, they come in a variety of flavors like strawberry, mango, and peach, and in smaller serving sizes (soda-style cans) that can be a little harder to find in the typical juice selection in some stores. RW Knudsen juices are another ideal choice.
In any case, there’s only one ounce of the juice needed, so just choose a flavor that you prefer, mix it with an ounce of bourbon, pour it over some ice and top with your favorite ginger ale. The earthy ginger ale balances out the sweet/tart flavor of the juice and the liquor still shines.
- 1 ounce bourbon (Rebel Yell was used)
- 1 ounce berry juice (Leftover sauce from a cranberry/berry/apple cider sauce was used, but any berry juice is suitable - Jumex brand makes cans of fruit juices that would be an ideal substitute)
- Diet ginger ale (Hansen's brand was used)
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce berry juice
- Ginger ale to fill glass
- Cranberries for garnish
- Stir together bourbon and berry juice.
- Pour over ice in glass of choice.
- Fill with ginger ale.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries.