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Cranberries are the most holiday-vibe food, bringing a pop of bright red to the table, or in our case, the glass. We’ve pulled together dozens of Cranberry cocktails for Christmas, no matter what type of alcohol you’d like to mix them with! With such a versatile cocktail to see you through your holiday entertaining needs, it’ll be perfect for any occasion.
The Best Cranberry Cocktails for Christmas
Cranberry juice is wonderfully balanced, especially if you’re considering it as a cocktail ingredient. It takes on other flavors well, has a wonderful rich color and a nice dose of acidity that isn’t too overpowering. If you’ve ever enjoyed the ever present, ever so delightfully simple vodka cranberry juice mixer, then you’ll know just how well it pairs with a spirit.
Since lifting holiday spirits is what we’re all about, we’ve found some of the most delicious cranberry cocktails for Christmas you could possibly imagine. One thing’s for sure, this is one holiday drink that can be prepared sweet, dry and even sour. When we’re talking versatility, cranberry juice cocktails can seriously do it all.
Thankfully, you couldn’t have picked a more versatile base for a Christmas themed cocktail! Cranberry goes wonderfully with white liquor. White rum, vodka, gin and even sake make a great match for cranberry juice.
What Cocktail Ingredients Should I Buy?
Stocking your fridge, pantry and spice rack around the holidays is absolutely crucial. A lot of these cocktail use some of the more basic ingredients that you might have sitting around already, but it always helps to prepare ahead of time. Especially when you’re expecting guests!
Here’s a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing for making the perfect cranberry cocktails:
Cranberry Juice (of course!)
Wow your guests with the colors, flavors and styles below. There is even a selection of cranberry mocktails, so you have something for everyone. Enjoy!
If you think mojitos are a summer-only cocktail, let these Cranberry Mojitos change your mind! This perfect holiday cocktail is made with homemade cranberry simple syrup, lime, rum, and plenty of mint!
The flavors in the Randy Reindeer are some of my Christmastime favorites: crisp cranberry, orange from the triple sec, hints of brown sugar and pops of bubbly. You can serve these at any holiday gathering, it’s the perfect beverage for a happy hour, festive party, Christmas eve, or to wind down the day after opening gifts.
This Double Cranberry Cosmopolitan is amazing all year long, but especially pretty as a holiday cocktail! With fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and vodka (I used my cranberry infused vodka!) this cosmo martini is a favorite!
This homemade Vodka Cranberry Orange Juice drink is so refreshing! The drink is easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients including cranberry ice cubes to keep the beverage chilled & infuse flavors of cranberry.
A classic negroni cocktail gets a holiday flare with the addition of cranberry! Besides the gorgeous color, the cranberry adds a sweet tartness to the negroni! Perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas cocktail!
Hosting for the holidays is easier than ever with this simple Christmas Punch! It’s a classic holiday sangria made with an affordable merlot wine. It is perfect to serve at any holiday cocktail party or last minute get together with friends.
This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Christmas cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.
Instant Pot Cranberry Moonshine is my favorite winter moonshine to sip on. Pair with ginger ale, sprite or sip on it straight. This cranberry moonshine is so easy to make and offers the perfect sweet punch you are looking for.
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