You thought a Vodka Cranberry was simple—a stiff pour of vodka topped with Ocean Spray cranberry juice, some ice and that’s it. Voila. A reliable dive bar drink. But the truth is, that seemingly basic cocktail can be so much more.
If you swap out generic cranberry juice for things like tart and tangy fresh cranberries, craft cranberry liqueur or homemade cranberry syrup, you can elevate a Vodka Cranberry to new and delicious heights. You may have built your drinking career on the basic, two-ingredient Vodka Cranberry, but now it’s time to accept a promotion. Leave your entry-level cocktail behind and try one of these four new reimaginings of the Vodka Cranberry.