Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash Cocktail

*Photo © She Eats

*Photo ©She Eats

Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash Cocktail

*Recipe provided by She Eats 

For the Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash

1 Tbsp Winter Wonderjam (or preserves from your local farmer's market)
2 shots bourbon
2 Tbsp orange juice (approx 1 orange)
1/3 C soda water or ginger beer (depending how sweet or how boozy tasting you like your cocktails)

For the Boozy Sugared Cranberries

1 C water
1 C white sugar + 1/2 C white sugar
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp orange zest (use the orange for the cocktail)
1/3 C bourbon
2 C fresh cranberries
Optional: 1 sprig rosemary

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!


        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!


Melanie Mulherin