Cranberry Boston Sour Bourbon Cocktail

Cranberry Boston Sour Bourbon Cocktail

The holidays are the perfect time to craft a Cranberry Boston Sour Bourbon Cocktail.  If you like your cocktails with a sophisticated touch, this sassy cranberry-based sour just might be for you. Made with Bourbon and Cranberry Simple syrup, it’s a unique twist on an old classic.

What is a Boston Sour?

The Boston Sour is a whiskey sour with an egg white, which makes a frothy foam at the rim of the glass. It makes an ultra smooth flavor with a gorgeous look. And who doesn’t want to strike a pose with that gorgeous foam topped cocktail?

If you’ve never made cranberry simple syrup, it’s a fairly straightforward process. The first step is to cook fresh cranberries with water until they break down and form a thick liquid. Then you strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer (a coffee filter will work in a pinch) and simply bottle up and store in the fridge!

What is the origination of the Boston Sour?

The Boston Sour, distinguished from the Whiskey sour with the addition of egg, first appeared in recipes in William Schmidt’s 1892 The Flowing Bowl. It’s believed that the egg white helped smooth the harsh, bootleg alcohol used in Whiskey Sours during prohibition, which is why it was first introduced.

The Boston Sour is a unique take on the classic bourbon sour. The addition of cranberry and bitters gives it a fruity flavor that isn’t overpowering, but still has enough bite to make it special.This cocktail can be made as a single, or in a big batch! We love cranberry season, and grab a few extra bags to keep in the freezer. We make our own cranberry syrup, which is so easy! So, let the festivities begin!

Bourbon Cranberry Sour Game Day Sips

Cranberry Sour Bourbon Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: theperksofbeingus



Ingredients for Bourbon Cranberry Sour:


Instructions for Bourbon Cranberry Sour:

  • Using a metal drink skewer, pierce 3 fresh cranberries down core. Insert fresh rosemary into the cranberries to create a garnish, set aside.
  • Measure all liquid ingredients, including egg white & bitters into cocktail shaker
  • Dry shake, vigorously, without ice, to create foam. Add ice, and shake vigorously again.
  • Double stain into chilled martini glass
  • Garnish with rosemary speared cranberries.
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Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.