This Holiday Cocktail with Cranberry is perfect for festive occasions! My easy to make cocktail features cranberry juice for a gorgeous color and perfect seasonal flavor! Leave out the liquor for an equally delicious mocktail!
To me, cranberries bring instant festivity to any recipe and that is especially true when it comes to cocktails. This holiday cocktail with cranberry is ultra festive and wonderfully sweet with a hint of tartness from cranberry juice.
If you are looking for a holiday cocktail to serve up at to adults at your gathering, this one delivers. Not only is it super pretty with its pink hue, but its also easy to make using easy to find ingredients.
No complicated steps here either – I mean, who needs complicated this time of year? Not even a simple syrup to be made. Just juices, gin and ginger ale.
I like this holiday cocktail because it delivers a taste that is sure to please most pallets. It isn’t strong tasting at all. Instead, it has more a fruity flavour which I find more pleasing, as do most people in my circle.
It can also be served up as a mocktail- just leave out the gin!
What ingredients do you need to make a Holiday Cocktail with Cranberry?
- cranberry juice
- fresh orange juice
- fresh lemon juice
- ginger ale (can sub club soda)
Can I substitute a different liquor in this cocktail?
Yes, you absolutely can. If you don’t like gin or just don’t have it on hand, you can easily substitute vodka, white rum, or even tequila!
You can keep the quantities the same and follow the exact same directions.
How to make this simple holiday cocktail
To make this cocktail, I use a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a secure lid. To make this holiday cocktail:
- Add the cranberry juice, gin, orange juice, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and serve.
How to garnish your cocktails for some festive flair!
Since this cocktails features cranberries and citrus juices, I like to garnish these holiday cocktails with cranberries and orange peel.
You can simply add a few fresh cranberries to your serving glass or place them on a cocktail pick like I have in the photos. [Tip: you can skewer the cranberries onto cocktail picks ahead of time and place them in the fridge until you are ready to use them. This is a great time saver!]
I also add an orange peel twirl. Check out the video by Steve the Bartender below for how to use orange peel to garnish cocktails!
If making orange peel twirls seems too difficult, you can also add a slice of orange into your glass!
I hope you enjoy this Holiday Cocktail with Cranberry as much as we do! Enjoy responsibly!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
You may also like these other holiday cocktails:
If you try and enjoy this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave a rating and/or comment below to let me know what you think!
Holiday Cocktail with Cranberry
- 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 3 ounces ginger ale or club soda
- cranberries for garnish (optional)
- To make 1 cocktail, add the cranberry juice, gin, orange juice, lemon juice, and to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with fresh cranberries. Serve.