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Winter WonderJam Whiskey Smash with Boozy Sugared Cranberries

Yield 1 serving

Ingredients

For the Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash:

For the Boozy Sugared Cranberries:

Instructions

For the Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash:

  1. Spoon preserves, bourbon and orange juice into a cocktail mixer or large mason jar.
  2. Top half way up the container with ice cubes.
  3. Cover and shake with enthusiasm for 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass, top with soda or ginger beer and serve with garnish.

For the Boozy Sugared Cranberries:

  1. Place water, 1 C white sugar, pure vanilla extract, orange zest and bourbon in a pot over medium heat, stirring often. When the mixture comes to a boil remove from the heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Allow to cool about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cranberries to the slightly cooled simple syrup and let rest 1 - 24 hours. The longer you leave the berries to sit in the syrup, the less tart and sweeter they'll be.
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper under a wire rack and pour the 1/2 C white sugar into a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, remove the berries from the pot and allow to drain on the rack for a couple of minutes.
  4. Roll the berries in the sugar and place back on the rack for about 45 minutes to dry completely.
  5. If using, carefully skewer 2 berries with the rosemary as a garnish. If not, just plop a couple sugar'd berries in each drink!

Notes

The boozy sugared cranberries will keep up to 1 week in the fridge. If you find you can't use them all in drinks (c'mon people - you can do it!) serve them with desserts or cheese platters. They're divine and highly addictive!

Recipe by She Eats at https://sheeats.ca/2015/12/winter-wonder-jam-whiskey-smash/