Cranberry-Spice Cocktail Recipe

Aperol, Lillet Blanc, Hard Cider, Cranberries, Ginger
Cranberry-Spice Cocktail
Photo for Leanne Davis

The Cranberry-Spice Cocktail is a recipe from Brad Thomas Parsons (author of one of my favorite books, Bitters) that I came across on Food & Wine. Great for Thanksgiving or any other fall get-together, it's a delicious, pretty low-alcohol treat for the holidays.

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail Ingredients

2 oz Aperol
1 oz Lillet Blanc
4 oz hard cider
1 orange wedge
13 cranberries
Three 1-inch pieces crystallized ginger—2 minced and 1 whole for garnish
4 dashes Cranberry-Anise Bitters or Peychaud's bitters

How to make a Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the orange wedge with 10 of the cranberries and the minced ginger.
  2. Add the Aperol, Lillet Blanc, bitters and ice. Shake well.
  3. Double-strain the drink into an ice-filled Collins glass and top off with the hard cider.
  4. Garnish with the 3 remaining cranberries and the slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.
Cranberry-Spice Cocktail