Cranberry sauce lovers and haters, unite! We’re positive that even if you’re not a fan of smothering the fruit on your turkey, you’re going to love it in a cocktail. And don’t even think about comparing this one to your college drink of choice. With chunks of real fruit, this is the #adult version of a cranberry vodka soda.
Pro tip: Don’t use the canned cranberry stuff for this one. First of all, we think it’s weird how it comes out in the shape of the can, ridges and all. Second, it’s so easy to DIY your own sauce (heat up fresh cranberries, sugar, water, and lemon zest). And numero tres, the canned stuff just wouldn’t mix well. Only do that if you want your guests outta the house because it will terrify them. Here’s how to make it so your Friendsgiving is a memorable one (or not, depending on how many you drink).
Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cocktail
Makes: 1 cocktail
Ready in: 5 minutes
1-2 tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce
1-2 shots of bourbon
Club soda, enough to fill up the cocktail glass (if you want it stronger, don’t fill up the entire way)
Juice of 1 lime wedge
Handful of ice
1. Add ice to a rocks glass (about 10 ounces).
2. Add cranberry sauce first, and follow with a shot (or two) of bourbon.
3. Fill up your glass with club soda. The less you add, the stronger the cocktail (at least as far as taste goes).
4. Squeeze 1/4 lime into the glass then drop it in for some festive color. Add a few fresh cranberries on top for that extra adult touch.
5. Stir well, toast, drink.