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Chef Jeff Butler's Cranberry Bourbon Sparkler

Looking for a new holiday party cocktail recipe? You’re in luck! ICC’s very own Chef Jeff Butler shared his famous cranberry cordial recipe that he always makes around the holidays.

Growing up in Pine Barrens, New Jersey, there was always an abundance of cranberries — the town is home to more than 2,000 acres of cranberry bogs!

Below, get his recipe for the perfect cocktail that’s sure to delight any holiday crowd!

Note this recipe is for ages 21+, please drink responsibly!

Ingredients for Syrup

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 star anise, whole
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 orange


  1. Zest and juice the orange.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  3. Bring up to a simmer and cool.
  4. Cool overnight.
  5. Strain syrup to use a as a mixer and reserve the cranberries for garnish.


  • 1 part cranberry syrup
  • 1 part bourbon
  • 3 parts club soda
  • Ice as needed
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • Reserved cranberries
  1. In a bar shaker mix 1 part Cranberry Syrup with 1 Part Bourbon. Top with ice and shake to mix.
  2. Strain off ice into an Old Fashioned Glass and top with 3 Parts Club Soda.
  3. Garnish Glass with Orange slice and Cranberry.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

This cocktail recipe was originally published by the International Culinary Center (ICC), founded as The French Culinary Institute (FCI). In 2020, ICE and ICC came together on one strong and dynamic national platform at ICE's campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. Explore your beverage education where the legacy lives on.

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