Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned

Briana

Briana

This Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned is one of the most festive versions of the old fashioned that you’ve ever tried, without all the sugar! Made with homemade sugar free spiced simple syrup, cranberry sauce, and apple cinnamon infused whiskey, it’s warm and inviting flavors will have you coming back for seconds! Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season, transformed into a keto friendly cocktail.


spiced cranberry old fashioned with orange peel, rosemary sprig

Here’s What You Need For This Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned: ​

Ingredients:

For the Apple Cinnamon Infused Whiskey:
  • 1 apple of choice, cut into chunks (we used McIntosh)
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 16 ounces whiskey of choice (we used Maker’s Mark)
For the Spiced Simple Syrup (makes 16 ounces of prepared simple syrup):
For the Cocktail:
  • 1 tablespoon prepared sugar free cranberry sauce (we omitted the cinnamon and vanilla extract for this application)
  • 2 ounces apple cinnamon infused whiskey (could sub for regular whiskey)
  • Spiced simple syrup, to taste (we recommend using about 1 tablespoon to start and then adjust from there, see notes)
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Garnish with orange peel, cranberries, rosemary sprig, your choice!
overhead cranberry spiced old fashioned with bar spoon, grey towel, orange and cranberries

Recipe Notes:

To use the infused whiskey, you will need to infuse it for a few days ahead of time, at least 3, preferably 4-5 days. You could also use regular whiskey if you don’t want to infuse any, it’s your choice. We feel that the infused whiskey adds such a nice flavor profile and takes the cocktail from “really good” to ” the best!”

We also used already prepared low carb cranberry sauce for this recipe, but we omitted the vanilla extract and cinnamon, and just included the orange extract.

Sweeteners & Simple Syrup: For this recipe, we make a spiced simple syrup. This is the main element of the drink that sweetens, as well as adds flavor, that should be added to taste. Please note that the cranberry sauce will also sweeten and add flavor to the drink.

Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make, but if making it sugar free (like we do) than we highly suggest using allulose. You could use whatever sweetener you like, but we find that allulose doesn’t crystalize like other (non sugar) sweeteners do. Just be aware that if you use sweeteners aside from allulose, it may crystalize after a few hours, so you may have to warm it up before using it in a cocktail. A good general rule of thumb for making this simple syrup is equal parts water and sweetener, although allulose is slightly less sweet than regular sugar, so you may want to add a pinch more to achieve the sweetness level you’re looking for.

We advise sweetening this to taste! If you add a whole ounce of simple syrup to this, then your drink will be quite sweet. Start out with a tablespoon, and then add more as desired.

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Here’s What You Need A Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned:​

If you are going to infuse your whiskey, you will need to do so a few days ahead of time. Simply add your apple chunks and cinnamon sticks to some whiskey, cover and shake for about 30 seconds, then let it sit for about 3-4 days (or longer). Let the infusing whiskey sit in a cool and dark place.

When you’re ready to use it, strain the whiskey and discard the apple chunks and cinnamon sticks. Your whiskey will keep for a long while in the fridge.


When it comes time to making your drink, you want to start with making your spiced simple syrup and cranberry sauce first. Both things are very easy to make, but they should cool down a bit before being handled. Here’s the full instructions to make the cranberry sauce.

For the simple syrup, in a sauce pan, add your spices and toast until fragrant. Then, add your water and let the spices and the water come to a rolling boil. Allow the spices and the water to boil together for 15 minutes. The reason we do this is to get a very strong spice flavor infused into the water.

After the water turns a nice golden brown, it’s ready. Simply remove and discard the spices, and then add your sweetener until it dissolves. You can stir with a spoon to help it along. You do want the water to be quite hot while adding the sweetener. Set aside for it to cool down. That’s it!

Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Spoon in the low carb cranberry sauce to taste, we used about a tablespoon.

Add in some spiced simple syrup to taste. Add a small amount first, then adjust once you put the cocktail together to make sure that the sweetness level is to your liking.

simple syrup being poured into a cocktail

Now, simply add in your apple cinnamon infused whiskey, a dash of angostura bitters and then stir! Taste, then adjust sweeteners if you want.

Now, simply garnish with cranberries, and orange peel and a rosemary sprig if you want!

spiced cranberry old fashioned with rosemary sprig

Please let us know if you guys give this Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned a try, and be sure to share with us on Instagram @afullliving so we can share your creations! Looking for another version of an old fashioned? Try this Low Carb Tangerine Old Fashioned!

Until next time & Happy Holidays!
Briana & Chamere

Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned is one of the most festive versions of the old fashioned that you’ve ever tried, without all the sugar! Made with homemade sugar free spiced simple syrup, cranberry sauce, and apple cinnamon infused whiskey, it’s warm and inviting flavors will have you coming back for seconds! Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season, transformed into a keto friendly cocktail.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, holiday, keto, low carb
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
For the apple cinnamon infused whiskey:
  • 1 whole apple of choice, cut into chunks (we used McIntosh)
  • 5 whole  cinnamon sticks
  • 16 ounces whiskey of choice (we used Maker’s Mark)
For the Spiced Simple Syrup (makes 16 ounces of prepared simple syrup):
For the cocktail:
  • 1 tbsp prepared sugar free cranberry sauce (we omitted the cinnamon and vanilla extract for this application)
  • 2 ounces apple cinnamon infused whiskey (could sub for regular whiskey)
  • 1 tbsp* Spiced simple syrup, to taste (we recommend using about 1 tablespoon to start and then adjust from there, see notes)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish with orange peel, cranberries, rosemary sprig (your choice)
Instructions
To make the apple cinnamon infused whiskey:
  1. If you are going to infuse your whiskey, you will need to do so a few days ahead of time. Simply add your apple chunks and cinnamon sticks to some whiskey, cover and shake for about 30 seconds, then let it sit for about 3-4 days (or longer). Let the infusing whiskey sit in a cool and dark place. When you’re ready to use it, strain the whiskey and discard the apple chunks and cinnamon sticks. Your whiskey will keep for a long while in the fridge.

To make the spiced simple syrup & cranberry sauce:
  1. When it comes time to making your drink, you want to start with making your spiced simple syrup and cranberry sauce first. Both are extremely simple to make but they should cool down a bit before being handled. Here's the full instructions on how to make the low carb cranberry sauce.  

  2. To make the simple syrup, in a sauce pan, add your spices and toast until fragrant. Then, add your water and let the spices and the water come to a rolling boil. Allow the spices and the water to boil together for 15 minutes. The reason we do this is to get a very strong spice flavor infused into the water.

  3. After the water turns a nice golden brown, it’s ready. Simply remove and discard the spices, and then add your sweetener until it dissolves. You can stir with a spoon to help it along. You do want the water to be quite hot while adding the sweetener. Set aside for it to cool down. That’s it!

To make the cocktail:
  1. Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Spoon in the low carb cranberry sauce to taste, we used about a tablespoon.

  2. Add in some spiced simple syrup to taste. Add a small amount first, then adjust once you put the cocktail together to make sure that the sweetness level is to your liking.

  3. Now, simply add in your apple cinnamon infused whiskey, a dash of angostura bitters and then stir! Taste, then adjust sweeteners if you want.

  4. Now, simply garnish with cranberries, and orange peel and a rosemary sprig if you want.

  5. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 1 cocktail.

To use the infused whiskey, you will need to infuse it for a few days ahead of time, at least 3, preferably 4-5 days. You could also use regular whiskey if you don’t want to infuse any, it’s your choice. We feel that the infused whiskey adds such a nice flavor profile and takes the cocktail from “really good” to ” the best!”

We also used already prepared low carb cranberry sauce for this recipe, but we omitted the vanilla extract and cinnamon, and just included the orange extract.

Sweeteners & Simple Syrup: For this recipe, we make a spiced simple syrup. This is the main element of the drink that sweetens, as well as adds flavor, that should be added to taste. Please note that the cranberry sauce will also sweeten and add flavor to the drink.

Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make, but if making it sugar free (like we do) than we highly suggest using allulose. You could use whatever sweetener you like, but we find that allulose doesn’t crystalize like other (non sugar) sweeteners do. Just be aware that if you use sweeteners aside from allulose, it may crystalize after a few hours, so you may have to warm it up before using it in a cocktail. A good general rule of thumb for making this simple syrup is equal parts water and sweetener, although allulose is slightly less sweet than regular sugar, so you may want to add a pinch more to achieve the sweetness level you’re looking for.

We advise sweetening this to taste! If you add a whole ounce of simple syrup to this, then your drink will be quite sweet. Start out with a tablespoon, and then add more as desired.

Macros: Per 1 cocktail, 159 calories, 2 net carbs (2 grams fiber), 0 fat & protein. These macros are estimated, and we provide them as a courtesy. We don’t include carbs from the infused whiskey, as we aren’t food scientists and we aren’t sure how we would do that. We do feel that the carbs are negligible anyway. 

Low carb spiced cranberry old fashioned

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This Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned is one of the most festive versions of the old fashioned that you’ve ever tried, without all the sugar! Made with homemade sugar free spiced simple syrup, cranberry sauce, and apple cinnamon infused whiskey, it’s warm and inviting flavors will have you coming back for seconds! Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season, transformed into a keto friendly cocktail. #christmascocktail #oldfashioned #ketococktails #cranberryoldfashioned #sugarfreecocktail

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