What I'm Drinking: Cranberry Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Cranberry Old Fashioned || A Less Processed Life

An old-fashioned cocktail is my favorite Wisconsin supper club drink. I prefer mine served sweet with cherries but I switch back and forth between brandy (the traditional option in Wisconsin) and bourbon as my liquor of choice. One of our favorite places to get an old fashioned in town is at the Beachcomber, which offers maple syrup as one of their sweetener options. Pure maple syrup in my drink? Don't mind if I do. 

Cranberry Old Fashioned || A Less Processed Life

This cranberry old fashioned puts a slight holiday twist on the original by muddling cranberries with an orange slice rather than the traditional cherries. Inspired by the Beachcomber, the typical sugar cube is replaced by maple syrup to give the cocktail some smokiness and complexity.

Cranberry Old-Fashioned Cocktail
makes one cocktail

1 orange round, peel and pith removed
6 whole cranberries
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
2 ounces bourbon (or brandy)
couple dashes bitters
club soda

1. Add the orange round and whole cranberries to the bottom of a rocks glass and top with maple syrup. Muddle the orange, cranberries, and maple syrup. Add the bourbon and a couple dashes of bitters and stir to combine.
2. Add ice, top with club soda, and serve.

Cranberry Old Fashioned || A Less Processed Life