Cranberry Orange Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktails

A cranberry-infused rum Dark ‘n’ Stormy with orange bitters for a holiday twist on this classic cocktail recipe.
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Ah, November, with your howling wind and barren trees, brown grass rolling across the landscape as we wait for a blanket of snow to change our color palette from browns and greens to greys and blues. Soon my world will be in black and white, signifying the end of harvest and the beginning of the holidays.

For years this was the time of month that I would find out I was expecting, right as the holiday hubbub was in full swing. There would be lists of Thanksgiving meals to prepare for (three a year for us), holiday parties to host and attend, and then Christmas just around the corner only to be followed closely by New Year festivities. I would be the one with a queasy stomach turning down cocktails in the corner. I would clutch my wine glass with horror and pretend to sip. I’d order club soda with lime wedges to hide news too fresh to share. Then I’d head home exhausted, collapsing into bed and falling asleep like the dead.

How much more fun is it, though, to be expecting just before the holidays? To show up at the holiday gatherings with a bundle of blankets that softly squeaks. Today we’re celebrating Jessica’s ability to do exactly that. Jessica from How Sweet It Is is anxiously anticipating being the belle of all the balls this season with a different kind of sweet to share.
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Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktails, despite their island origins, always seem a good fall-to-winter drink with their cloudy nature and dark liquor. I’m infusing my rum for this party, bruising a few cranberries and giving them a good soak in a bottle of rum that’s ready to make the circuit of celebratory cocktails. It’s paired with a good and stronger, ginger-forward ginger beer and a dash or two of orange bitters to bring the holiday spices of cloves and cardamom to the table.
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Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktails

 

Ingredients

  • For the cranberry-infused rum:
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 bottle gold or black rum
  • For the cocktail:
  • 2 ounces cranberry-infused rum
  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • cranberries and orange slices for garnish

Directions

  1. Using a toothpick, puncture each cranberry. Alternatively, you could slice them in half or crush them slightly.
  2. Place the cranberries and the rum in a large, clean mason jar. Tightly close the lid and store in a cool place for at least 24 hours and upwards of a week before using depending on intensity of cranberry flavor desired.
  3. For the cocktail, fill a high ball glass or two low ball glasses with ice. Pour the ginger beer over the ice. Top with the rum and the bitters. Stir to combine. Garnish and serve.

Notes

For a mocktail, substitute the cranberry-infused rum with 100% pure cranberry juice. You can keep or omit the dash of bitters as it suits you. Continue as directed and enjoy.
Recipe type: Cocktail, Beverage
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Serves: 2
 

It’s a full on shower of trashed up classic recipes for this party hosted by Bev and Ashley. Everyone has made something so unique and distinct in Jessica-style, and I want them all. If you haven’t already, which I don’t see how that’s even possible, you should head over to Jessica’s site to wish her well and to ogle all the trashed up fare she makes herself. Check out what we’re all bringing Jessica for the How Sweet Eats Baby Shower as she counts down to baby: 

trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce
  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini
  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
  2. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
  3. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy
  4. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail
  5. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
  6. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
  7. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
  8. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
  9. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
  10. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider
  11. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy
  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie
  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese
  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger
  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon
  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini
  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup
  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs
  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos
  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos
  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos
  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon
  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce
  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos
  8. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles
  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up
  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes
  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes
  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars
  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies
  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies
  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake
  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts
  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake
  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes
  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake
  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops
  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust
  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza
  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza
  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza
  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots
  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza
  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza
  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza
  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza
  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets
  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza
  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta

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Comments

  1. shaina!! THANK YOU! i will never forget talking to you a few years ago about how you had 4 kids and my jaw dropped and i was like… whaaaaat. i think about that convo often. and now i hope i can have that many too! xoxo

  2. this may be my new favorite cocktail. i LOVE dark and stormys, but with cranberry-infused rum?! i can’t even imagine how good these are.

  3. This looks so good! I love all the cranberries!!

  4. I’ll make mulled wine for you if you make these for me? deal?

    Big congrats to Jess!!!

  5. This looks so so good!!

  6. What a great idea to infuse the rum with cranberries! This is one gorgeous cocktail.

  7. This looks absolutely perfect for the cold, wintry, holiday season! Can’t wait to impress everyone with these at our holiday parties. I love the photos in this post, and your writing! You’ve snagged a new regular reader with this one! :)

  8. When I first turned 21, I never knew what to order, so I’d always just copy people. One day, a husband’s boss, order something with ginger beer. I loved it, and now I’ll order anything that has ginger beer in it…especially Dark n’ Stormy’s! Love the twist on this :)

  9. Slide one of these down the internet bar – because I want to slurp one down on this dark and stormy November eve for SURE!!

  10. Why have I never tried this drink!? I am loving the sound of it, especially with the cranberry + orange. Thanks so much for sharing a recipe for Jess’s shower!

  11. how have I never had a dark and stormy?! It has all the things I love in it and perfectly describes my attitude on days when I most a need a drink.

  12. Oh this cocktail sounds so good! Perfect for Holiday celebrations…or for a Tuesday night at home :-). Gorgeous photos!

  13. Looks delicious and cozy for a fall night. Thanks for a great blog!

  14. This is the most holiday-perfect drink ever! I love ginger drinks, and especially a trashed-up holiday dark and stormy. Perfection.

  15. This drink looks like fall in a glass! Beautiful!

  16. The Dark & Stormys is my THING!! Love this so much + Jessica totally will too. :)

  17. Hey Shaina!! I love the idea of infusing rum with cranberries, seriously brilliant. I am curious – does the run turn red? I am thinking about making this with silver rum for a festive gift situation. Thoughts??

    xo sherrie

  18. Is it 5 o’clock yet? Can’t wait to make!

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  21. Rizwan khan says:

    Really very cool drink. i like cranberry. its very perfect for me an my family. its looking very delicious. its very useful for us and its a very useful in summer. anyway thanks for nice sharing. Please share more and more drinks which are useful for us.

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