Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

Cold weather is here, the leaves are falling, and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. It’s time we do away with the Pumpkin Spice and usher in the cranberries for your next seasonal holiday beverage. Besides, Massachusetts is home to the best cranberry bogs in the country!

Cranberry jelly is a staple on the Thanksgiving Dinner table and the berries are a classic decoration woven into garlands for Christmas. But how about adding them to your Whiskey Sour? Cranberry cocktails are a seasonal classic that not only tastes great but makes any drinking event all the classier!

While I was tempted to try all 20 of these cranberry-infused cocktails, I’ll defer to you to let me know which one is your favorite.

  • Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

    Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

    Published: · Modified: by · This post may contain affiliate links This fresh cranberry champagne cocktail recipe is a twist on a classic old-school cocktail called a 'French 75.' Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect time to serve this winter cocktail. But, I've been known to bring this refreshing cranberry champagne mimosa out even for a Mother's Day brunch.

    Gathering with friends and family to celebrate each other is worthy of a champagne toast. Spice it up with this delicious Cranberry Champagne Cocktail!

    Cranberry Syrup 

    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 1 1/4  cup sugar
    • 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen


    • 1 oz gin
    • 1/2 oz lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz cranberry syrup
    • 2 oz champagne
    • Lemon twist garnish
    • 2 sugared cranberries
  • St Germain & Cranberry Cocktail

    St Germain & Cranberry Cocktail

    Here's your go-to St Germain cocktail! Tart and perfectly balanced, it pairs this elderflower liqueur with vodka, cranberry and lemon. Got a bottle of St Germain and want to make a drink? Here's your new go-to St Germain cocktail! Alex and I have made it our goal to try all of the classic cocktails.

    This perfectly balanced cocktail is destined to be the centerpiece of any holiday party!

    • 1 ounce* vodka
    • 1 ounce 100% cranberry juice
    • ½ ounce St. Germain
    • ½ ounce lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (or pure maple syrup)
    • Lemon wheel, for the garnish
  • Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

    The Vodka Cranberry Recipe

    As an ingenious way to sell more cranberry juice, Ocean Spray recommended blending its tart red liquid with vodka beginning in 1945. Originally called the Red Devil, the drink was renamed the Cape Codder 20 years later. Today, bar goers are more likely to order a Vodka Cran or a Cranberry Vodka at their favorite watering holes.

    Simple, elegant, and delicious!

    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 4 oz cranberry juice
    • Garnish: lime wedge
  • Cranberry Martini

    vodka cranberry martini (perfect holiday cocktail!)

    Cranberry martinis are the perfect holiday martini. Festive, flavorful, simple, and total crowd pleasers! Shake up a gorgeous red vodka cranberry today. Your friends and family will be obsessed. Cranberry martinis are so simple and so beautiful- they're one of the best cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit.

    Even James Bond is destined to order this Martini. Shaken not stirred, of course.  This recipe makes 8 Martini’s but I have a feeling you’ll need more than that for any holiday party you throw!

    • 2 cups vodka
    • 2 cups unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
    • 1 cup simple syrup
    • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Bay Breeze Cocktail

    Malibu Bay Breeze Cocktail Recipe - Sugar and Soul

    By: Rebecca  | Published:  | Updated: | View Our Affiliate Disclosure Policy Malibu Bay Breeze is a fruity, layered cocktail bursting with the best tropical flavors! Just one sip of this refreshing drink of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice will have you wishing you were on island time!

    If you close your eyes while drinking this, you can almost feel the warm breeze blowing over the ocean while you lay on a tropical beach. It’s almost as if you are there, instead of bundled up and bracing for another cold Massachusetts winter.

    • ice
    • 3 ounces Malibu coconut rum
    • 4 ounces pineapple juice
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice
    • Lime slice for garnish
    • Maraschino cherry for garnish
    • Pineapple wedge for garnish
  • Rum & Cranberry Cocktail

    Cranberry Rum Punch | Toast

    Raise your glass and toast anything you like with this colourful cocktail

    This easy recipe is perfect for the next brunch you host! With a pitcher of Cranberry Rum Punch on the table its doubtful anyone will complain about your cooking this time!


    • 1 cup rum
    • 90ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
    • 1 liter cranberry juice
    • juice 2 limes
    • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
    • 500ml lemonade
  • Cranberry Margarita

    Christmas Cranberry Margarita

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy. This pretty and delicious Cranberry Margarita is perfect for Holiday parties. Cranberries are combined with tequila, lime juice, and an easy to make simple syrup then shaken over ice. If you like margaritas you will love this Holiday cocktail!

    Cranberries and Tequila? Cran-yes!

    • 1 1/2 cups Tequila
    • 1/2 cup triple Sec
    • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1/2 cup lime juice
    • 1/2 cup simple syrup
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Madras Cocktail

    Madras Cocktail

    | This post contains affiliate links. I mentioned on Monday that vodka is one of the most versatile - if not the most versatile - spirits. There are tons of vodka-based cocktail recipes out there. A Google search should confirm that.

    Orange Juice AND Cranberry Juice? This drink MUST be healthy!

    • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
    • 3 ounces cranberry juice
    • 1 ounce orange juice
    • orange slice
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Published | Updated | By Keri Lyn. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more details. Who is up for a Cranberry Mule cocktail?? If you are a traditional Moscow Mule fan, then you'll love this yummy Cranberry Moscow Mule recipe.

    Refreshing, cool, and perfect for your next holiday party!

    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz pure cranberry juice
    • 1/2 cup ginger beer
    • Lime wedge to garnish
  • Cranberry Mimosa

    Cranberry Mimosa Recipe - Chisel & Fork

    With fresh cranberry juice, orange liqueur and champagne, this cranberry mimosa is the perfect drink to start the holidays. I'm all about holiday cocktails - from a chocolate peppermint martini to an apple cider cocktail to a pumpkin martini. But we want to start off the day right.

    Skip the meal and stick with the Cranberry Mimosa at your next brunch!

    • 1 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1/2 Grand Marnier
    • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
    • Fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz

    Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail (With Cran-Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup)

    This Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail will impress all of your guests! It's a twist on a classic gin fizz, made with an easy rosemary infused simple syrup and only a few ingredients! Ooh la la! Why hello there, Christmas cocktail magic. What's Christmas like in your house right now?

    This twist on a classic is destined to shine brighter than your Christmas tree at your next holiday gathering!

    • 2 tablespoons fresh cranberries
    • Juice of 1/4 a lime
    • 1 – 2 oz of gin (depending on your preference!)
    • 1 oz cran-rosemary infused simple syrup
    • Ginger ale/beer
    • Ice
    • More rosemary and cranberries, for garnish
    • 1/2 Grand Marnier
  • Cranberry Mojito

    Holiday Cranberry Mojito

    Entertain your guests with this beautiful holiday cranberry mojito. It's pretty, festive, tart, sweet, refreshing and flavorful. If you've never made mojito before then you'll be surprised how easy it is. Muddle fresh mint and lime juice then add white rum, cranberry simple syrup and stir.

    This Cranberry Mojito is even more refreshing than you are!

    For the cranberry simple syrup

    • 8 oz. (225 g) fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup (240 ml) water
    • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

    For the holiday cranberry mojito

    • 20 fresh mint leaves
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) cranberry simple syrup
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) white rum
    • ice cubes
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) sparkling water
    • Garnish (optional) : fresh mint leaves, fresh cranberries, lime slices
  • The Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

    The Cocktail Chronicles: The Blizzard

    Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other winter holidays? This slightly sweet Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail is perfect for the chilly winter months. Makes 1 drink. Love this bourbon cocktail? Don't miss Cherry Bourbon Slush, Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned and Kentucky Mule!

    I can’t wait to make this for the first Nor’easter of the season!

    • 2 ¼ oz. bourbon
    • 1 ½ oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
    • ½ oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 1 oz. simple syrup
    • Lemon slices and cranberries, for garnish
  • Cranberry Zombie Cocktail

    Cranberry Zombie Drink

    This post may contain affiliate links. See my privacy policy for details. If you're looking for a nice refreshingly tart drink then this vintage cocktail is the one for you. The Zombie cocktails started in 1934 and have been popular ever since . It's also know as a skull puncher.

    Too many of these and that hangover will turn you into a zombie…

    • l ounce lime juice
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 oz white rum
    • 1/2 oz golden rum
    • 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Cranberry Gin & Tonic

    Festive Cranberry Gin and Tonic Recipe - A Nerd Cooks

    Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by laurenpacek This post may contain affiliate links. A Nerd Cooks may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. More information can be found here. Treat yourself to a festive Cranberry Gin and Tonic (or two, or three) this holiday season!

    Gin & Tonics are a classic drink. Reinvent it with a simple twist that will be make any G&T lover happy!

    • 1.5 ounces gin
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
    • ½ lime, juiced
    • 2 ounces tonic water
    • lime wedge and fresh or candied cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • The Washington Apple

    Washington Apple Crown Royal Apple Drink Recipe | Homemade Food Junkie

    The Washington apple is a cocktail with a delicious sweet apple taste and a sour tangy twist of cranberry. The two marry together in this delicious drink to create a cran-apple cocktail. A Washington apple cocktail is a drink that was said to be created by Christof Guycoogan.

    This delicious drink will be the life of your party! Don’t take a sip when you can take a shot!

    • 3/4 oz Crown Royal Apple
    • 3/4 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
    • 3/4 oz Cranberry Juice (Unsweetened)
    • 1/2 oz club soda
  • Cranberry Sauce Bourbon Cocktail

    Cranberry Sauce Bourbon Cocktail

    'Tis the season for leftover repurposing. Use your leftover cranberry sauce for this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail! If your Thanksgiving feast resembled my family's, you have about 12 trillion pounds of leftovers and are looking for places to stash them. Don't throw them away! There are plenty of ways we can use leftovers without getting sick of them.

    This recipe sounds like a great way to use up any and all leftover cranberry sauce!

    • 2 tablespoons homemade or store-bought cranberry sauce
    • 1 to 2 shots bourbon
    • Ginger beer or club soda
    • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cranberry Whiskey Sour

    Cranberry whiskey sour

    This cranberry whiskey sour is an easy and delicious twist on a classic cocktail. It's slightly festive and quick to prepare, making it perfect whether you're serving one or a crowd. This post may contain affiliate links, where we earn from qualifying purchases. See more details in the policy page.

    Who doesn’t love a good whiskey sour? This classic drink is made festive with the simple addition of cranberry juice, making a must have this holiday season!

    • 1 ½ oz whiskey 45ml
    • ¾ oz lemon juice 22ml, recommend fresh
    • 3 oz cranberry juice 90ml
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Cranberry Apple Sangria

    Cranberry Apple Sangria

    The must have spiced holiday cocktail! With cranberries, apples, oranges, cinnamon and cloves! You can make this ahead of time! I think I found my favorite holiday cocktail of 2017. It's the perfect spiced cocktail with fresh cranberries, apples, oranges, rosemary, cinnamon, star anise and whole cloves.

    You’ll be ordering this drink by the pitcher after you try it!

    • 3 cups cranberry apple juice cocktaildivided
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 2 orangesthinly sliced
    • ½ cup halved fresh cranberries
    • 2 5-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
    • 3 star anise pods
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 2 cups sliced small apples
    • 1 750-mml bottle pinot grigio, chilled
  • Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

    Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy - Simply Happy Foodie

    A Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy is a sweet and tart, gently spiced, and very delicious hot cocktail. This Cranberry Toddy recipe is a branching off of the traditional Hot Toddy recipe. We really like this flavorful version of the Hot Toddy with cranberry juice.

    Hot Toddies are more than just a remedy when you are under the weather – they are one of the best drinks to stay warm with on a cool fall night. Make this classic even more festive with a cranberry addition!

    • 2 cups Cranberry Juice, unsweetened
    • 1/2 small Orange, pierced several times through the rind
    • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
    • 1 (1 inch) piece Fresh Ginger
    • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
    • 1/2 tsp Cloves
    • 2 Star Anise
    • 1/4-1/2 cup Honey
    • 3-4 oz Bourbon
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