Cheers! A Sparkling Cider Cocktail for the Holiday Season

Cheers! A Sparkling Cider Cocktail for the Holiday Season

December 12, 2018

Nothing signifies the joy and togetherness of the holidays quite like a thoughtful toast shared with family and friends. If you’re gearing up to host a few celebrations this December, it’s the perfect time to hone your bartending skills with a creative cocktail recipe. When crafting our holiday libations, we like to focus on something fun and fizzy that will create a festive feel for party season.

This year, we’re planning to serve a sparkling combination of bourbon and apple cider, garnished with homemade cinnamon simple syrup and sugared cranberries for bold flavor and an extra burst of color. Bright and bubbly, this cocktail is just right for a Christmas celebration or a toast on New Year’s Eve. Read on for the surprisingly simple recipe and prepare to impress your guests all season long!

Bourbon & Cinnamon Cider Fizz

(Makes one cocktail)


1.5 oz. bourbon (Maker’s Mark or similar)

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz. cinnamon simple syrup*

Sparkling apple cider

Dash of bitters
Sugared cranberries**

*Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1 cup water

1 cup Demerara sugar

Cinnamon stick

**Sugared Cranberries

White sugar

Fresh cranberries

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  1. Make the simple syrup the night before your party, so it has ample time to cool.
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  1. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then drop in the cinnamon stick. Cover the mixture and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  1. Remove the pan from the heat and let the sugar mixture cool on the stove for at least an hour.
  1. Remove the cinnamon stick and transfer the syrup into a glass jar or bottle. Your simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Sugared Cranberries

  1. Make the cranberries the night before your party, so they have ample time to set.
  1. Fill a bowl with white sugar. Rinse the cranberries in cold water, and then roll them in the sugar until they’re evenly coated.
  1. Spread the coated berries on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place the sheet in the freezer for at least half an hour, until the sugar has firmly adhered to the berries.


  1. Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake then strain over fresh ice in your choice of glass (a highball or double old-fashioned glass works well).
  1. Top with sparkling apple cider to taste, and then add a dash of bitters.
  1. Garnish with a skewer of sugared cranberries. You could also use fresh rosemary, thinly sliced apple, or a lemon wheel for an additional garnish.


How do you like to toast the holidays? Share your favorite seasonal cocktails in the comments!



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