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John created this cocktail as an ode to fall with classic ingredients for this time of year: cranberry, cider, oranges and rosemary. The drink is a riff on a vodka-cranberry and goes great with Rachael's Turkey Breast Roulade with Simple Gravy. Both recipes are in her new book, This Must Be the Place.

This Must Be The Place By Rachael Ray

This Must Be The Place By Rachael Ray

$32 $17

Pro Tip from John: To flame an orange peel, hold a quarter-size piece of peel above the drink zest-side down. Light a match, hold it between the peel and the drink and squeeze the peel to express the oils. The orange oils should flare up. Drop the peel into the drink. 

Adapted from This Must Be the Place by Rachael Ray. Copyright © 2021 by Rachael Ray. Used with permission by Ballantine Books. All rights reserved. 

For more fall drinks by John, check out his Autumn Shandy and How About Them Apples Cocktail


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces sparkling hard cider
  • Flamed orange peel (see Tip)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


Serves: 1


In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with hard cider and garnish with a flamed orange peel, a rosemary sprig and a straw.

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