Cranberry & Ginger Bourbon Smash

Refreshing drink with cranberries and rosemary on wooden background, selective focus


1 cup high quality honey
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries
3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
Favorite bourbon or whiskey
club soda
Fresh thyme sprigs, rosemary or mint for garnish
  1. In a small saucepan bring the honey and water to a low boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cranberries and ginger.
  3. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by 1/3.
  4. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve–saving the cranberries for garnish.
Fill each cocktail glass with a little ice, an ounce of bourbon and 1-2 Tablespoons of the simple syrup. Top with soda water and serve.