Cranberry Rosemary Spritzers

We are now entering what I like to call BOURBON SEASON. Gin is hibernating. Gin is hanging out in a cave with a boulder in front of it.  We'll get back to gin when some of the icicles start to melt. Unless we want to drink it hot. A hot gin toddy is exceptional at this time of year!

I must not forget that.

My brain is still locked in on Bourbon. I like to think of different ways to spruce my bourbon and today I bring you this Cranberry Rosemary Spritzer concoction. We start with a rosemary simple syrup to get things herbaceous. Additions of cranberry juice and pomegranate seeds bring in the fruit component. Bourbon makes it bourbony as per usual and the ginger beer makes it gingery AND spritzy. Get your holiday spirit on with this festive number!

And we're off!

Rosemary simple syrup. Two sprigs of rosemary, water & sugar.

Boil. Let steep. Cool.

Fun times begin!

In a pitcher, add the bourbon & cranberry juice. Pour in your rosemary simple syrup.

Ice. Rosemary for garnishing & pomegranate seeds.

Why not throw those seeds in your pitcher while you're at it?

Finish off the potion with ginger beer. Now you're spritzing!

Drop a few pomegranate seeds in your glasses with a sprig of rosemary. How festive!

Let's get our drink on!

Who has the mistletoe? Can we just use a rosemary sprig instead?

Cranberry Rosemary Spritzers

makes 4-5 drinks

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice (you can use sweetened)
  • 1 ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 12oz. bottle ginger beer
  • pomegranate seeds & rosemary sprigs for garnishing

To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup:

Put rosemary sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat until simple syrup boils. Turn off heat and let rosemary steep in the simple syrup for at least an hour.

To make the Spritzers:

In a large pitcher, mix cranberry juice, rosemary simple syrup, bourbon & ginger beer with ice. Stir well.

To serve, fill each cup with the spritzer and garnish with pomegranate seeds & a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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  • December 6, 2012

    Love the rosemary sprig garnish!

  • December 6, 2012

    I don't usually drink and if I do it's only wine. I've never wanted beer or bourbon more!

  • December 6, 2012

    Spritz it!

  • December 6, 2012

    LOVE it! Totes bourbon season, get it!

  • December 6, 2012

    This sounds delicious! Where did you get the pretty straws??

  • December 6, 2012

    I made a rosemary lime cocktail for Christmas last year (, and I'm thinking this year should be your version! Rosemary syrup is crazy good, and I drink bourbon like it's going out of style.

  • December 6, 2012

    Tracy! Are you a mind-reader? I made rosemary simple syrup for my upcoming party (the one I emailed you & Joy about) and I'm gonna spritz it up too! I'm making this the driver-friendly option, add your own booze for party time.

  • December 6, 2012

    Wow, great idea with the rosemary simple syrup. It's so festive and I can think of so many uses for that... it could even be a great gift!

  • December 6, 2012

    Bourbon Season!! Awesome.
    I'm loving this -- anything with ginger beer has my name on it, especially if it's boozy.
    Thanks for the great idea!

  • marci
    December 6, 2012

    Looks so festive! the rosemary sprig looks like a little pine twig. :-)

  • December 6, 2012

    Holiday to the maxxxx! I am not a bourbon drinker, but this spritzer may convert me.

  • December 6, 2012

    What a fun drink to make! And I'm definitely thinking this is something that's gonna have to happen this weekend for me because it looks like a perfect winter-y drink (especially while it's still relatively warm here in Dallas.)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • December 6, 2012

    Gorgeous, per usual, Tracy :). Thank second picture is a beaut! xx

  • yum. yum. yum. Love the addition of the rosemary. I posted booze today too. Must be in the water... Or maybe it's just almost FRIDAY! Yay! Happy Almost Weekend, Friend! :) Cheers.

  • December 6, 2012

    Tracy, I think we have the same cocktail mind because I swear you made this just for me! Yay to Bourbon season!

  • December 6, 2012

    On Thanksgiving, my BF's mom made cranberry martinis and it was a promising premise, but wasn't my cup of tea.
    Cranberry, bourbon, and ginger beer, however...are three of my favorite cocktail ingredients! This sounds amazing.

  • December 6, 2012

    Yes, please!! Think I just found my new favorite cocktail of the season :)

  • December 6, 2012

    Hooray for bourbon season! I've never even heard of a gin toddy, but it sounds amazing. And of course these spritzers sound like the perfect party drink!

  • December 6, 2012

    Oh Yum yum yum!!! I love those peppermint straws, super adorable.

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  • Kara
    December 6, 2012

    It's official--Ginger beer needs to have a permanent place in my fridge. I can't wait to try these!

  • jenny
    December 6, 2012

    ok, this drink is gorgeous, but what I'm totally fixated on is that pitcher! where did you get it?!

  • mariah
    December 6, 2012

    Heck yeah!

  • December 6, 2012

    Cranberry and ginger is such a great combo! You have inspired me to add some rosemary, too! these look great.

  • December 6, 2012

    Looks delicious! But I pretty much love ginger beer with anything.

  • December 6, 2012

    I love how this all started with a rosemary simple syrup. It's the simple things that matter. :-)

  • December 7, 2012

    Bourbon season! Yes! I love rosemary in cocktails. Actually, I love everything in this cocktail. Maybe I'll make them for girls' night next week!

  • December 7, 2012

    Bourbon season is every season! It's my favorite...all year long. I am completely obsessed with rosemary, so I'll be making these this weekend.

  • December 8, 2012

    Bourbon season is the best! We're totes making these tonight.

  • December 8, 2012

    so so so festive!!!

  • Kjay
    December 8, 2012

    Just made this for a cocktail party tonight. Delicious and not too sweet! Thanks!

  • December 10, 2012

    Spritz it good! My roommate and I are pumped to make this for our NYE party!

  • Julie
    December 11, 2012

    I made these for our Christmas party this past weekend, and they were a huge hit. Thanks so much for this great recipe. I can't wait to make it again.

  • Kimberly
    January 3, 2013

    My brother and I get together every Christmas Eve for a screening of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I made these for the occasion. It was Merry! ("Well that's my name!) Great cocktail. Cheers!!!!

  • Ashley V
    December 19, 2013

    I made this for Thanksgiving, and it was the HIT of the spread. I left out the alcohol, and even the kiddos drank it cup after cup!

  • January 3, 2014

    I love this drink. Friend of mine made it as a gift and I re-made it again and re-posted on my blog. . Thank you so, so much for the inspiration. Love you blog!

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