Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail is a gorgeous Christmas drink with Crown Royal whisky, cranberry juice and a delightful rosemary simple syrup.
A festive, flavorful and cranberry Christmas cocktail with a touch of cinnamon that is perfect for the holiday season.
If you are looking for a delicious recipe that is a festive cocktail, that’s also gorgeous, then this Cranberry Rosemary cocktail is the drink for you!
Cranberries and rosemary are a perfect mix of seasonal flavors and work well together in a holiday cocktail. Add in your favorite whiskey (mine happens to be Crown Royal) and a dash of cinnamon to create a simple cocktail that’s also elegant and delicious.
This rosemary whiskey cocktail will be the star of your holiday celebrations! Dazzle your family and make this cranberry rosemary cocktail this years’ signature cocktail for Christmas day.
Or serve this Crown Royal Christmas drink at your holiday parties as a delicious dinner party drink or after dinner holiday cocktail. If you love cranberry, you might enjoy this Cranberry Sangria drink, which also makes a fun Christmas party cocktail.
Kitchen Tools You’ll Need
Here’s everything you’ll need to create this crown royal Christmas drink:
- Small Saucepan: to make the rosemary simple sugar
- Measuring Cup: measure the water and sugar.
- Cocktail Shaker: to chill the cranberry rosemary cocktail.
- Shot Glass / Jigger: to measure the Crown Royal whisky
- Saucer: filled with sugar to roll fresh cranberries.
- Tulip glasses, rocks glasses or a collins glass to serve.
Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail Ingredients
Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need for this easy rosemary whisky cocktail:
- Crown Royal Whisky (or your choice whiskey)
- Cranberry Juice
- Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
- Fresh Cranberries
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Granulated Sugar
What does Crown Royal Taste Like?
If you are new to Crown Royal whisky, you’re in for a treat. Crown Royal tastes smooth and warm with hints of vanilla and caramel.
It’s lightly sweet and a milder whisky than other brands, making it so versatile it can be used with all kinds of mixers.
Can I Make it with a Different Liquor?
Crown Royal Whisky is a warm and smooth whisky and I suggest it as the best liquor for this cranberry Christmas cocktail recipe.
If whiskey isn’t for you, substitute with Vanilla Vodka or your favorite Bourbon for a similar flavored cocktail.
Can I Make it as a Mocktail Without Alcohol?
Yes! You can make a cranberry juice with rosemary simple syrup and omit the whisky. Add club soda, tonic water or a splash of lemon-lime soda to give the mocktail a little bubbly.
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How to Make a Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail
First, we’ll make the rosemary simple syrup. It will need time to steep in order to infuse the rosemary flavor in the sugar water for this Crown Royal Christmas cocktail.
You can make this ahead of time if needed.
How to Make Rosemary Simple Syrup
Here are the step-by-step instructions to create rosemary syrup:
Step 1: Bring 1 cup water to a boil.
Step 2: Add 1 cup granulated sugar and a large rosemary sprig or several small sprigs of rosemary. Stir.
Step 3. Remove from stove and let the mixture steep (soak) for 20 minutes for the rosemary to infuse the sugar water.
How to Store Rosemary Simple Syrup
You can make the rosemary simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
If you are storing it for this long, make sure to use an airtight container. It’s best stored in a glass container. A simple mason jar is perfect!
Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail Instructions
This cranberry cocktail is easy to scale up for a large crowd. Here are the step by step instructions:
Step 1: Place 2 small cinnamon sticks (or break in half a large cinnamon stick) into a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Pour in one shot of Crown Royal whisky or your favorite whiskey
Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of rosemary simple syrup.
Step 4: Pour in cranberry juice.
Step 5: Add a handful of ice cubes and shake well until the outside of the cocktail shaker is frosty cold.
Step 6: Strain the rosemary whiskey mixture into your cocktail glass.
Step 7: Pour a little bit of sugar into a small saucer. Wet 5 fresh cranberries with water and roll them in sugar to create a snowy effect.
Step 8: Garnish with a cinnamon stick, a sprig of rosemary and the snowy cranberries on a cocktail skewer for a festive look.
More Crown Royal Cocktails to Enjoy
Crown and Ginger Ale – A classic cocktail with a smooth finish served in a rocks glass.
3 Ingredient Sparkling Crown Royal Drink – A sweet and bubbly whiskey champagne drink with strawberries and syrup.
This Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail is a gorgeous drink for the Christmas season. The Crown Royal whisky adds the delicious flavor of vanilla and caramel flavors that melds perfectly with cranberry.
Serve this festive drink at your next Christmas party, dinner or a simple friends and family holiday gathering.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1-2 Rosemary Sprigs
Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Crown Royal Whisky
- 2 small Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 tablespoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 4-5 oz Cranberry Juice
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 1 cup sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Add 1 large rosemary sprigs or several small sprigs to the boiling sugar water.
- Stir for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and let steep (soak) for 20 minutes.
- In a cocktail shaker add cinnamon sticks, whisky, rosemary simple syrup and cranberry juice.
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
- Shake until the cocktail shaker is frosty cold.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Wet cranberries with water then roll in a saucer of granulated sugar to create the snowy effect.
- Garnish with a cocktail skewer of snowy cranberries, a rosemary sprig and a cinnamon stick.
See article for variations and additional garnishment ideas. Drink Responsibly.