Spiced Cranberry Manhattan

by Ian Wickman

Spiced Cranberry Manhattan

Beautiful Manhattan riff with spice notes from rye, layered botanicals from red vermouth, and my incredible spiced cranberry syrup (plus spiced cocktail cranberries) for that extra holiday spirit.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry manhattan, spiced cranberry manhattan, spiced cranberry syrup
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Author Ian Wickman


Spiced Cranberry Manhattan

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Red Vermouth (Mine was lightly sweet, you’ll want to adjust to about 1/4 oz if yours is sweeter and you don’t like the overall sweet!)
  • 1/2 oz Spiced Cranberry Syrup (see below)
  • 1 Dash Spanish Bitters
  • 3 each Spiced Cocktail Cranberries (see linked recipe)

Spiced Cranberry Syrup

  • 2 cups Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 3/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 t Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 t Ground Cloves


Spiced Cranberry Syrup

  • Add cranberry juice to a small pan over medium heat. When the juice comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and reduce to about half the volume.
  • Add brown sugar and spices and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.
  • When cool enough pour into a mason jar with lid and refrigerate. Can be made ahead and kept for at least a week.

Spiced Cranberry Manhattan

  • Add whiskey, vermouth, spiced cranberry syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir until chilled and a bit diluted, about 10 – 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or other cocktail glass and garnish with a few spiced cocktail cranberries. Enjoy!


Check out these exquisite homemade Spiced Cocktail Cranberries for the perfect holiday touch!

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