An “Old Fashioned” Christmas

How often do you think, “Christmas just isn’t what it used to be”, or “there’s nothing like an old fashion Christmas”? I don’t know how many times I have heard that in Hallmark movies, or overheard conversations, heck even advertising. Christmas pulls at the heart strings. Christmas memories from your childhood make you smile. Maybe it’s just me, but nowadays Christmas is so filled with noise, the hustle and bustle, making sure you go broke giving the best gifts, that it’s hard to cherish those few precious moments that really matter with your loved ones.

So, lets all make an active effort to take a moment to enjoy time with one another. I think those moments are the ones that makes us all step back and remember the Holidays fondly. Not the presents, but the moments spent together.

One of my favorite holiday memories is when we’re all sitting together. Whether it was around the dinner table, when we’re all playing cards, or the tv is off and were just talking. For that reason I wanted to present a twist on a classic drink – the Old Fashioned – that can just be sipped and savored while you’re sitting with your loved ones. I had a bunch of left over Cranberry Sauce from a holiday dinner and thought this would make a subtle flavor shift to a fan favorite.


Makes 1

  • 1 oz cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • ice
  • cranberries
  • If desired, rim glass with sugar.
  • In a shaker muddle the orange juice and cranberry sauce together
  • Add ice and the whiskey to the shaker and combine.
  • In a lowball glass add the mixture
  • Top with bitters and stir.
  • Add ice.

Happy Holidays & enjoy!


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