9 Cranberry Cocktails for Making Spirits Bright
The holiday season is back in full force, and that means it's showtime for the humble cranberry once again. Cranberry sauce tends to get all the attention, but can we just take a minute and appreciate how versatile cranberry juice is for mixing up fabulous cocktails like the "cosmo" (the 90s are making a comeback, y'all). Add a little holiday spice to the mix and you've got the makings for Christmas in a cup...or in a martini glass. From classic cocktails to festive punch bowls, there's a lot you can do with cranberry juice and booze. Read on for our best cranberry cocktails of the holiday season.
Reviewer JDM says, "I have served these at two parties now to rave reviews. So refreshing! The only danger is that it is easy to have too many!" Vodka, orange liqueur, vermouth, and cranberry juice—it's Christmas in a martini!
As if there weren't enough reasons to be excited about Christmas morning. Recipe creator ERIKM21 describes it as, "A wonderful Christmas morning drink with a pink hue that looks lovely when garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries."
Refreshing, sweet, and simple, there's a reason the "cosmo" has stood the test of time. "They turned out really good," says reviewer sassygirl. "I actually made a pitcher of them and dipped the rim of the glass in sugar. Everybody wanted more!"
Christmas Poinsettia Punch
"I made this for a family holiday gathering. Wow. We all took our first sips and immediately ran out to buy the goods for a round two! This may have been a mistake, because we all almost forgot about dinner... I made an ice mold with fresh cranberries and orange slices with a few rosemary sprigs for green," says reviewer Kim Serrano. Cranberry juice, club soda, orange-flavored vodka, champagne, and fresh cranberries combine to make this light and refreshing holiday punch.
Take your holiday to the Mediterranean with this bright and citrusy drink. Reviewer Holiday Baker says, "I thought this had a nice refreshing flavor. It kind of reminded me of a lighter more citrusy version of sangria." Prosecco, orange juice, cranberry juice, and lemon zest—it's so easy you'll feel like you cheated.
Cape Codder Cocktail
You can't go wrong with a classic! Otherwise known as a "vodka cran," the Cape Codder Cocktail is as simple as it gets: vodka and cranberry juice with a lime wedge for garnish. "I loved the tartness of this drink," says reviewer Sarah Jo.
Saints and Strangers Cocktail
"This was a really lovely cocktail. Well balanced and not too sweet," says reviewer LoveNRoquette. "It also looked beautiful in the glass." Vodka, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, French vermouth, balsamic glaze, cranberry juice, pink peppercorns, and orange zest give you a deep, ruby red cocktail that's perfect for the holidays.
Keep the sangria going well into the winter months. "I came up with this while playing around with sangria recipes. It has now become a traditional beverage at Thanksgiving and Christmas," says recipe creator Cathy K. "My family actually got upset the one time I didn't make it!"
Learn why this holiday punch has over 200 glowing reviews. Reviewer MOLONEY describes it as a, "Classic party punch recipe. Definitely consider doubling the recipe, this stuff goes down really easily." Fruity and refreshing, this punch has cranberry juice, pink lemonade, limeade, and wine for a zesty sip.