Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash

Jennie Phaneuf | One Sweet Mess

This Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash is a refreshing combination of oaky bourbon, tart cranberries, and sweet orange juice. A hint of rosemary infuses this cocktail with the flavors of winter.

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Wait... Don't throw out the leftover cranberry sauce just yet! Put that sweet sauce to work in this Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash.

Why is it that I have a random bowl of cranberry sauce lingering after every holiday meal--every. single. year. Doesn't anyone like cranberry sauce anymore? Is it so 1999? Is that the problem; it's out of style?

All the questions.

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Every year, like clockwork, I seem to forget that the cranberry sauce didn't get eaten the year before and make it again. And, like the year before, I'm stuck with leftover cranberry sauce. Thankfully, I like me some booze, because cranberry sauce and bourbon are a brilliant combination.

So, don't you dare trash that sauce, friends! Instead, we're going to play professional--because that's what we are--mixologist and smash that leftover tart sauce with a swig of bourbon, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a sprig of fresh rosemary. The rosemary adds character and a hint of winter flavor.

Because we're adults, and adults have refined palettes that require sophisticated ingredients. At least that's what I keep telling myself. But, the truth is, I'd be just as happy with a cheap bottle of wine in a pitcher of fruity sangria.

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This cocktail requires a bit of effort, hence the word "smash" in the title, but it's nothing you can't handle <---#willworkforbooze. All of the ingredients get added to a cocktail shaker and muddled together. Why muddle? Good question. The pressure of the muddler forces the essential oils from the rosemary to release and infuse the bourbon. Sounds magical, right? It is... It's so very magical.

This Cranberry-Orange Bourbon Smash is sure to impress your guests this holiday season. If you want to introduce more bourbon into your life, try this Apple Ginger Bourbon Fizz.

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Cranberry Orange Bourbon Smash Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 1 ounce Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 sprig Rosemary, Torn
  • splash of Ginger Ale
For Garnish:
  • Orange Wedge
  • sprig Rosemary, Optional


  1. Add the bourbon, orange juice, cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, and rosemary to a cocktail shaker. Muddle to combine. 
  2. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a splash or ginger ale and garnish with an orange wedge and sprig or rosemary. 


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