Cranapple Highball Ginger Ale

The history of the cranapple highball ginger ale cocktail can be traced back to 1937 when an American bartender decided to add cranberry juice, applejack, and ginger ale to create this refreshing beverage. At first, it was only popular in America but in recent years it has been gaining popularity in other countries. The drink was also called the "apple-cran" or "cran-apple" until an American company made a commercial for its own brand in the 1950s. They called it “Cranapple” for short which became the most popular name for this type of drink. This drink combines whiskey with cranberry juice. The cranberry provides the natural sour component, while the whiskey adds the spice and body.

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½ ounce apple juice
½ ounce cranberry juice
1 ounce whiskey
Ginger ale
Cherry for garnish


1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple juice, cranberry juice, and whiskey.
2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
3. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.
4. Garnish with a cherry.

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