Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini

by Marla on November 8, 2013 · 29 comments

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Maple 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.

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Or watching the sunset in Telluride.

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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.

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 Cranberry Bourbon Martini

Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini


  • 4 ounces unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1 ounce Bourbon Maple Syrup
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • fresh Cranberries


  • Add ice to a martini shaker. Add cranberry juice, bourbon maple syrup and bourbon. Shake well. Pour through strainer into chilled martini glasses. Serve with a fresh cranberry skewer & float some cranberries on the top.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aimee Wimbush-Bourque November 8, 2013 at 6:12 am

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


2 HeatherChristo November 8, 2013 at 6:21 am

this is totally gorgeous Marla!!


3 Rosa November 8, 2013 at 6:27 am

Delightful! I love the mood of that post.




4 Julie @ Table for Two November 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

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


5 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

I would so be all over this!


6 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective November 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

Gorgeous cocktail, Marla! :)


7 Lisa Frank November 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

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


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

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


9 Meghan November 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Wow, what a gorgeous drink! So festive!


10 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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


11 naomi November 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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


12 joybee83 November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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


13 Sanjeeta kk November 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

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


14 Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet November 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Gorgeous drink, Marla! Love the flavors!


15 Marian (Sweetopia) November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

How rich and delicious does this look! Love it!


16 Tom November 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

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!


17 Marla November 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

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


18 leanne December 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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


19 Maris (In Good Taste) December 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I’ll take three please!


20 The Stewardess Bible December 19, 2014 at 5:50 am

We loved this so much we featured it in our recent article.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Warm regards
The Stewardess Bible


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