Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini

Marla Meridith

November 8, 2013

Cranberry Bourbon Martini |


Happy Friday! Hope you have a fun weekend planned. I will be in Las Vegas. Yep. I might just talk a bartender into making my favorite new cocktail, this Cranberry Bourbon Martini. How festive would this be for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve?


Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini |

I use real unsweetened cranberry juice in this cocktail.

Sweetened it with Bourbon Maple Syrup.

Bourbon Maple Syrup |

Float some fresh cranberries on the top. Do it.

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini |

This drink is a bit tart. And perfectly sweet at the same time. It’s exactly what you need when sitting by the fire in Montana.

The Ranches at Belt Creek, Montana |

Or watching the sunset in Telluride.

Sunrise Telluride, Colorado |

Maker’s Mark has become a favorite here.

I love the the sensation of chilly days & sipping warming bourbon.

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini |

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini |

Have a great weekend! Hopefully you can give this cocktail a whirl.


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  • Aimee Wimbush-Bourque
    Posted at 06:12h, 08 November

    This makes me excited for Christmas parties! Pinned. =)

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 06:21h, 08 November

    this is totally gorgeous Marla!!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 06:27h, 08 November

    Delightful! I love the mood of that post.



  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 06:59h, 08 November

    wow, what a gorgeous and vibrant drink! cheers to the weekend 🙂

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 07:38h, 08 November

    I would so be all over this!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 08:08h, 08 November

    Gorgeous cocktail, Marla! 🙂

  • Lisa Frank
    Posted at 10:06h, 08 November

    Wow, this is some seriously stunning photography! It sounds delicious–going on my holiday cocktail menu for sure. My family celebrates on Christmas Eve with a fancy homemade dinner and cocktails around the Christmas tree before we go to church…these would be a fabulous choice! The kids would love a matching cranberry skewer in their sparkling apple cider, too. 🙂

    Lisa Frank of Handcrafted Parties

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 10:43h, 08 November

    Pour some of this into a flask, bring to Vegas, and share. PLEASE!!!! Looks so good! 🙂 Pinned & see you soon!

  • Meghan
    Posted at 10:54h, 08 November

    Wow, what a gorgeous drink! So festive!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    Posted at 14:06h, 08 November

    Gorgeous! Love this cocktail, Marla…cannot wait to make! Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  • naomi
    Posted at 15:12h, 08 November

    Great cocktail — too bad I can’t have any this season, but I can make some for others!! 🙂

  • joybee83
    Posted at 15:20h, 08 November

    Great drink idea. I love bourbon and adding maple syrup and cranberry sounds even better. I can’t wait to try this.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 22:24h, 08 November

    Absolutely stunning pictures, Marla! And what a wonderful drink idea it is.

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet
    Posted at 17:58h, 09 November

    Gorgeous drink, Marla! Love the flavors!

  • Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted at 15:57h, 11 November

    How rich and delicious does this look! Love it!

  • Tom
    Posted at 08:51h, 17 November

    If you want some true bartender street cred, this should be called a cranberry manhattan. Martinis imply gin or vodka and you can drop the reference to bourbon altogether since manhattans are made with bourbon. Nice recipe though, good potential!

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:12h, 17 November

      Thanks for the street cred Tom!! I did some google research before I posted…and found a few bourbon martinis. Even Giada has one 😉

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    Wow! Awesome and mouthwatering. Do you actually eat the cranberry garnish or way too sour?

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