Cranberry cocktails are a festive and tangy drink choice that are perfect for fall and winter entertaining. These cocktails get their bright flavor from fresh or frozen cranberries, which add a signature tartness that pairs well with spirits like vodka or gin. The cranberries can be muddled, juiced or blended into a puree to infuse the alcohol with their fruity zing.
If you’re someone who loves the bold and distinctive taste of cranberries, then cranberry cocktails might be right up your alley. They’re a great choice for anyone looking to add a seasonal twist to their go-to cocktails or punch recipes. The bright color and flavor make cranberry cocktails perfect for festive gatherings.
19. Washington Apple Cocktail
Washington Apple might not seem like it belongs on a cranberry cocktail list, but it’s actually a classic. Made from apple schnapps, whiskey, and cranberry juice, this sweet and tart cranberry cocktail is a breeze to make and goes down smoothly. It’s the perfect fall cocktail, especially for a Halloween party (it’s bright red!). This is one of the best cranberry cocktail recipes in my opinion, as it’s well-balanced and not overly sweet.
18. Cranberry French 75
The French 75 is a classy, fizzy, simple cocktail that is often featured with appetizers or at brunch. Usually, a French 75 contains gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne and tastes like a grown-up fizzy lemonade. However, with cranberry instead of lemon juice, this cocktail takes on a completely different flavor. The cranberry juice is a bit sweeter, so you can skip the simple syrup if you want, or even add a touch of maple syrup to this cocktail recipe for a fall flavor.
17. Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Another fizzy cocktail, this pink lemonade cocktail is perfect for sipping by the pool in summer. With Malibu, vodka, lime, and cranberry juice, it’s the ideal summer drink and has just a touch of the island feel to it. Top it with club soda for a bubbly finish for your taste buds. Surprisingly, this pink lemonade cocktail contains everything except lemons! Still, it’s one of the best cranberry cocktail recipes for a warm day.
16. Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz
An Aperol spritz is a traditional pre-meal or breakfast drink, primarily using orange juice and Aperol. However, this twist on the spritz uses cranberry cocktail juice to contrast the almost bitter taste of the Aperol. With champagne and sparkling water, you might want to sip this fizzy drink for hours. Cranberry is a great twist on this classic cocktail made with sparkling wine, and it’s nice and light.
15. Blackberry Bourbon and Cranberry Cocktail
Bourbon stars in this cocktail, which has heavier, darker flavors reminiscent of fall nights and bonfires. While cranberry is a big part of the flavoring, blackberry liqueur adds a unique sweetness. If you don’t want an overly sweet taste, use unsweetened juice for a perfectly balanced cocktail with sweet tart flavors. The blending of the two berries makes for a unique and delicious cocktail experience.
14. Cranberry Moscow Mules
Of course, everyone loves a Moscow Mule. From the iconic copper mugs to the refreshing flavors of lime juice and ginger beer, a Moscow Mule is a classic year-round cocktail. If you want to make the Mule a little more festive, add some cranberry juice to the recipe. It brings a different level of brightness to the flavor as a cranberry Moscow mule. I like to garnish this refreshing drink with fresh cranberries, or sugared cranberries if you want it a bit sweeter! You could also add cinnamon sticks to give it a fall feel.
13. Orange Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
If you are on a special diet or avoiding sugar and processed foods, you have probably looked at other people’s holiday cocktails with a sigh of jealousy. However, this relatively simple orange cranberry vodka spritzer is low-sugar, keto-friendly, and relatively healthy! This simple drink elevates the classic pairing of vodka and cranberry. You can keep it keto with a keto-friendly sweetener, or make a sweetened version with maple syrup or simple syrup if you don’t mind the added sugars. It’s a brilliant pink color which is also a plus!
12. Spiced Cranberry Rose Spritzers
What goes better with cranberries than wine? Nothing, we would argue, but rose is a surprising choice. However, these spritzers are light, refreshing, and fruity. If you want a more complicated recipe with multiple fresh ingredients, this spritzer is a great way to keep your cocktails fresh and syrup-free.
11. Cranberry Fizz
If you are a fan of simple cocktails with lots of flavors, this cranberry fizz will hit the spot. A simple iced vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice cocktail, this drink gets its fizz from sparkling water (although you can use tonic or sprite if you need to). It’s light and refreshing but simple to make.
10. Cranberry Whiskey Sour
A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail with whiskey and a sour mix. Usually, this sour mix involves lemon and lime in a sour syrup. However, if you include cranberry juice in your whiskey sour, you can make it with extremely simple ingredients. This recipe only uses whiskey, cranberry juice, and lemon juice. It’s an easy cranberry juice cocktail!
9. Tequila Cranberry Cocktail
Many of these cranberry cocktails are made with vodka or whiskey. However, it’s important to have a tequila-based cocktail – tequila is a staple in many liquor cabinets. This extremely easy tequila cocktail has a little taste of margarita with a splash of cranberry juice to liven it up.
8. Cranberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail
The Cosmopolitan, or a Cosmo, is a classic cocktail with a grapefruit flavor. However, this twist on the Cosmo replaces the grapefruit juice with cranberry juice and adds vodka, Grand Marnier, and lemon juice. It’s simple and easy, and the recipe whips up a batch enough for a summer pool party.
7. The Madras
The Madras is a fancy name for a vodka cranberry with some orange juice in it. However, The Madras is just as delicious as it is simple. The tartness of both the orange and cranberry juice makes it an excellent mixer with a clean, simple vodka. Try The Madras on your friends and impress them with your cocktail knowledge!
6. Vodka Cranberry – Cape Cod Cocktail
Of course, you can’t have a list of cranberry cocktails without including the Cape Codder. Although not many people know it by its name, a Cape Codder is equal parts sweetened cranberry juice and vodka (also known as a vodka cranberry). This simple, classic drink is easy to make and easier to drink.
5. Cranberry Gin Cocktail
If you love the simple taste of a gin and tonic and can’t always decide between a G&T and a vodka cranberry, this cocktail is the perfect blend. With gin, tonic, lime juice, and cranberry, it adds a splash of extra color and flavor to the classic gin and tonic. Order at the bar next time, or make it yourself at home!
4. Sea Breeze
The Sea Breeze cocktail enjoyed a bout of popularity in the 1980s and 1990s before falling into obscurity. However, its bright and refreshing flavor and a splash of cranberry juice won’t fail to make you think of summer days by the ocean. With vodka, grapefruit juice, and cranberry, this is an ideal poolside drink. The tart flavor of cranberry is perfect in this refreshing cocktail.
3. Cranberry Mimosa
The mimosa is the most iconic brunch cocktail. Usually made with orange juice and prosecco, this cocktail is easy to make and sip while enjoying breakfast or sitting out by the pool. This recipe adds some cranberry juice to the traditional mimosa, making it a very light and breezy cocktail (but it’s still perfect for brunch).
2. Cranberry Margarita
No cocktail list is complete without a margarita. It’s one of the most well-loved cocktails in the world, and there are thousands of different variations of it. This cranberry margarita doesn’t replace anything in the original recipe; instead, it simply adds some cranberry juice for a more festive tequila flavor. Garnish with fresh cranberries!
As you may have guessed from the name, the Poinsettia is a classic Christmas drink. It’s made with cranberry juice, prosecco, and Cointreau. If you have leftover champagne from Christmas and New Year, make a Poinsettia drink to celebrate the tidings of the season, and add some cranberry! This cranberry champagne cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink. It’s also a great twist on the classic mimosa, so it makes a delicious brunch cocktail if you prefer cranberry flavor over orange!
- Washington Apple
- Cranberry French 75
- Pink Lemonade Cocktail
- Cranberry Orange Aperol Spritz
- Blackberry Bourbon and Cranberry Cocktail
- Cranberry Moscow Mules
- Orange Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
- Spiced Cranberry Rosé Spritzers
- Cranberry Fizz
- Cranberry Whiskey Sour
- Tequila Cranberry Cocktail
- Cranberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail
- The Madras
- Vodka Cranberry - Cape Cod Cocktail
- Cranberry Gin Cocktail
- Sea Breeze
- Cranberry Mimosa
- Cranberry Margarita
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