Sleigh Rye’d

So you’re a cocktail snob and have been feeling a little out of your element this past month. You’ve attended numerous Christmas parties and been subject to the same lukewarm wine and watery punch time and time again. You’re unsatisfied and exclaim “bah humbug”!

Before you get too angry and require a visit by three ghosts to set you straight, why not leverage your snobbishness and share your love of cocktails with your friends and family? At the next event, be the shining star of the party by making a signature cocktail to serve throughout the evening. The result will make for happy guests and well, a happier you.

We here at Bitter Sweet Spirit support your efforts and are here to help with a new cocktail to add to your holiday repertoire. Enter the Sleigh Rye’d, a well-rounded seasonal drink that is very approachable and will appeal to all palates. It also has an addictively fun name.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “there goes old Peter using the blog to push his rye obsession again”. Well, you’re right. But don’t judge, it’s Christmas!


1 ½ oz higher proof Rye (I used Rittenhouse Rye)
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz spiced cranberry syrup
½ oz lemon juice
1 egg white

In a shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake well. Strain out ice and shake again. Double-strain contents of shaker into a coupe and garnish with rosemary sprig.

Spiced Cranberry Syrup

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon whole cloves

Add all ingredients into a pot over medium-high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil. Continue boiling for 4 minutes until cranberries burst and then set aside to cool. Once cooled, strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

The combination of the rye and elderflower deliver the perfect harmony of dry spice and fruity sweetness, and the addition of the cranberry syrup gives the cocktail a delightful seasonal taste and appearance. Throw on a rosemary sprig for garnish and there you have it – liquid boozy Christmas in a coupe.

So to conclude, you don’t have to be the party Scrooge this Christmas. Instead, spread your light and show everyone what it’s like to have appropriate Christmas Spirits (I’m hilarious).

From us to you and yours, we wish you a joyous Holiday Season and plenty of good drinks and cheer!