It’s Monday and I’m already thinking about happy hour. OOF. I know that it’s probably not the most timely, being the beginning of the week and all, but maybe it is? Sometimes Monday needs a cocktail, too. Fridays shouldn’t get all the fun. This drink is super easy to put together–exactly how I like my at-home beverage situation–and refreshing while still having that cozy, fall-time feel–thank you, bourbon! It has a tart punch from cranberry juice and some fizzy funk from kombucha.
I’ll assume many of you have tried kombucha but, maybe not? If not, it’s a mildy fizzy, slightly tangy, fermented tea situation. One of my favorites is a spiced apple version from a local kombucha brewer here in Oregon. The spiced apple flavor happens to work perfectly with cranberry and bourbon though any flavor would work (ginger would be amazing). I made these for early-happy-hour this weekend and mixed them up pitcher-style because I really just can’t be bothered with mixing up drink after drink sometimes. I have things to do! Like, get sucked into spooky podcasts (thanks to Katrina for the suggestion)! And, since I’m all about easy-weekend-living, this cocktail is just four ingredients: kombucha, cranberry juice, bitters, and bourbon. Done and done.
- 1, 14oz, bottle spiced apple kombucha (or whatever flavor you like)
- 1½ cups cranberry juice
- ¼ cup bourbon
- about 8 dashes of bitters
- In a pitcher, combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into ice filled glasses. Garnish with cranberries if you’re into that sort of thing.