Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail for Love Actually


In the days leading up to Christmas, holidays movies are either all over the television so you can’t escape them, or you have that hankering for nostalgic favorites. For many, one of those movies is Love Actually – a British Christmas romantic comedy with a who’s who ensemble star studded cast. The plot involves 10 storylines about different people’s experiences with love, or the lack thereof. It’s one of my sister’s favorites as she is a sucker for all things cheesy romance. Lifetime and the Hallmark channels were made for her.  One of the funny things about this movie though is that if anyone acted like most of these characters in real life, you’d probably start documenting their behavior for the cops or human resources.  But it’s fantasy and why not pour a cocktail and have a good laugh?

To fit with the holiday theme (and the recurring color red throughout the film), I went with seasonal fresh cranberries. Bourbon adds warmth, while the blended ice reminds you it’s cold outside! Cuddle up with a loved one (especially if it’s your dog/cat) and get in the spirit!

Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail (Yield: 2 servings)

4 oz. bourbon
4 dashes Angostura bitters
2 tsp simple syrup
8 fresh/frozen cranberries
3/4 cup ice cubes

1. Pulse all ingredients in a blender for about 5-10 times.
2. Pour into glasses and immediately serve.


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