Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail!

A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

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Happy weekend! And Happy Birthday to my sister, Allie!

I wish you were here and we could have a cocktail together. 

I think you would love this one!

I can’t believe it is November already.

And less than 3 weeks until Thanksgiving!

This year is seriously flying by.

Since it is November now and Thanksgiving is going to quickly sneak up on us, I thought it was time to start sharing some fun Thanksgiving recipes.

First off, is this delicious Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail.

If you’ve never made a shrub before, you definitely should. 

I love the unique flavor they add to a cocktail.

This one is cranberry based with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon.

Not only is this Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail so good, but it is so pretty and will totally be a showstopper served with your Thanksgiving spread.

I had so much fun taking photos of this and I had the hardest time deciding which ones to use in the post because they were all so pretty and colorful.

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.

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What is a Shrub

No, we’re not talking about a bushy, green plant in your front yard.

A shrub, when it comes to drinks, is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that is often infused with fruits, herbs, or other spices.

Think simple syrup with a fruity, vinegar flavor rather than sugar water.

It is sometimes referred to as drinking vinegar.

And you probably already have all of the ingredients at home to make a basic shrub.

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

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How to Make Cranberry Rosemary Shrub  

It is super easy to make a shrub for cocktails. 

The basic concept is a 1:1:1 ratio of fruit, sugar, and vinegar.

Shrubs can be as simple as the fruit + sugar + vinegar, or you can add extra spices and herbs to enhance the flavor.

The vinegar you use depends on the type of fruit you’re using, what taste you’re going for, and how sweet you want it to be.

Most shrubs typically use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

In this recipe I added some fresh rosemary, black peppercorn, and a cinnamon stick to the cranberries and apple cider vinegar to give the shrub some really yummy fall flavors.

In a 2 quart saucepan, you combine the fruit, sugar, vinegar, rosemary and black peppercorn.

Bring it to a boil over medium heat.

Then add the cinnamon stick.

Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain and cool before using in your drink. 

Store the shrub in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. 

A glass jar works well for storage.

You can reserve the cooked cranberries to add into your drink, just store them in a separate container. 

Or you can discard the cooked cranberries.

I’ve prepared the drink with leftover cooked berries as a garnish and with fresh cranberries.

Either way is good, so it is up to you!

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

Save this recipe for Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail to Pinterest!

How to Make a Bourbon Cocktail with Cranberry Rosemary Shrub

Once you’ve make the Cranberry Rosemary Shrub, it is super easy to make this cocktail recipe!

You’ll need a few things:

  • Ice
  • Cocktail Glasses
  • Cranberry Rosemary Shrub
  • Bourbon
  • Seltzer Water
  • Rosemary Sprig, for garnish
  • Cranberries, for garnish

You can make the drink as mild or strong as you prefer (just drink responsibly!).

But, we liked the ratio of 2:1:1 for bourbon, shrub, and seltzer.

For ice, I love the really large cubes of ice, so I use a 2 inch ice cube mold, but you can use crushed ice or regular cubes if you prefer.

Don’t like bourbon? Try vodka or gin instead.

How to Make a Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Mocktail

Shrubs are usually spiked drinks, but you can make this a mocktail, too, if you prefer!

Fill a glass with ice, then add 1 – 2 tablespoons of shrub.

Top the glass off with plain seltzer water, tonic water, or the popular La Croix (Cran-Apple would be great!).

Garnish as desired!

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

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More Thanksgiving Recipes

If you’re looking for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving Menu this year, here are a few other favorite recipes.

Be sure to check out the whole Thanksgiving Recipes Archive right here if you need help building the rest of your menu.

 

In this recipe for Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine fresh pressed apple cider, tart pomegranate juice, and Tempranillo pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.

Brining a turkey in this Rosemary Beer Brine will tenderize the meat and infuse it with a TON of flavor for Turkey Day!

Classic buttery russet potato mashed potatoes are elevated thanks to the addition of plenty of browned butter and fresh grated parmesan in this Browned Butter Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.

Learn How to Make Turkey Gravy with No Lumps for your Thanksgiving table.

If you like cranberry sauce better than gravy, try my recipe for  Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish or Red Wine Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce.

In this recipe for Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate, sliced Sweet Potatoes are baked in a spiced orange maple glaze and sprinkled with juicy, bright pomegranate arils.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are a fantastic side dish that is full of delicious flavor – caramelized, roasted brussels sprouts, savory bacon, and tangy balsamic vinegar.

In this Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese, and Pepitas kale is lightly massaged with olive oil, salt and pepper, before being tossed with roasted delicata squash, roasted red onions, herbed goat cheese, and pepitas.

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

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Have you ever made a shrub cocktail before?

Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail

Yield: 3 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!

Ingredients

For the Cranberry Rosemary Shrub

  • 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorn

For the Cranberry Shrub Cocktail with Bourbon

  • 6 ounces Bourbon
  • 3 ounces Cranberry Rosemary Shrub
  • 3 ounces Seltzer
  • Rosemary, for garnish
  • Cranberries, for garnish

Instructions

For the Cranberry Rosemary Shrub

  1. Add the cranberries, apple cider vinegar, sugar, cinnamon stick, rosemary, and black peppercorn in a 2 quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring the cranberry mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring the mixture so the sugar dissolves.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  5. Using a mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a glass jar.
  6. Discard the cinnamon stick and rosemary.
  7. You may like to reserve the cooked cranberries in a separate container to add them to the cocktail for a garnish. Otherwise, use fresh cranberries for garnishing.

To Prepare the Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail Cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Then, add the bourbon and shrub.
  3. Shake until chilled.
  4. Strain into 3 glasses with 1 large ice cube (or fill the glass halfway with ice)
  5. Top with seltzer and stir.
  6. Garnish each glass with rosemary sprigs and cranberries.

Notes

How to Make a Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Mocktail

Shrubs are usually spiked drinks, but you can make this a mocktail, too, if you prefer!


  1. Fill a glass with ice, then add 1 - 2 tablespoons of shrub.
  2. Top the glass off with plain seltzer water, tonic water, or the popular La Croix (Cran-Apple would be great!).
  3. Garnish and serve!

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