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I would not normally put grenadine into an Old Fashioned, but I’m willing to make an exception to this rule when it comes to my Cranberry Grenadine, a syrup that I make just for seasonal cocktails. The grenadine is a cranberry syrup that has just a hint of orange flower water to it. It is sweet, but very well balanced so that you still taste the natural tartness of cranberries in it. I used it in this Cranberry Old Fashioned, a twist on my favorite cocktail that is perfect for the holidays.Oranges and cranberries are a very common combination in holiday treats, so the aroma of this cocktail will stir up memories of holidays past – even before you’ve taken a sip. The syrup adds a hint of sweet-tart berry flavor to the drink, complimenting the spicy rye whiskey very well and making the cocktail very, very smooth.
The beauty of the cranberry grenadine is that you can easily adjust the sweetness – and the cranberry flavor – of the drink by simply adding more and giving your cocktail a stir. That means that you can easily adapt this cocktail to be sweeter for party guests who don’t usually drink much whisky or make it as-is to get just a hint of that sweet-tart cranberry flavor.
Glassware: Old Fashioned Glass
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 1/2 tsp. Cranberry Grenadine
1 Orange Peel
Muddle the orange peel, cranberry grenadine, and the bitters in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass, Add the whiskey, give it s brief stir, and fill with ice.