Cranberry juice may be a bar staple, but the sweet-tart fruit can be used in more than just a basic Vodka Cranberry. The vermillion berry is delicious fresh, in a syrup or, of course, juiced (just make sure to use the good stuff, not “cranberry cocktail”), and can be mixed into all manner of incredible drinks. Here, the seven best cranberry cocktails you need to start making.
7 Best Cranberry Cocktails
Back in the 1950s, Ocean Spray tried marketing cranberry juice as a cocktail mixer by creating the family of “Breezes,” which included the vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice-filled Sea Breeze. While initially a flop, the Breezes were eventually welcomed into cocktail cannon in the 1970s. The grapefruit-less Bay Breeze may be more popular today, but the fruity Sea Breeze is equally deserving of your attention.
Thanks to four fictional New York ladies, this cocktail became a ‘90s cliché, but when done right, the Cosmopolitan is downright delicious. Tart cranberry juice, sour lime juice and sweet orange liqueur blend with citrus vodka to yield an elegant, light pink drink that everyone should indulge in, no matter their gender.
Satisfy your sweet tooth in a snap with this fun and fruity cocktail, made with vodka, cranberry juice and peach schnapps—built right in the glass. Essentially an orange juice-free Sex on the Beach, the Woo Woo puts cranberry juice in the spotlight and is slightly less embarrassing to order out loud.
Muddle plump whole cranberries with orange slices, and top with vodka, sherry and demerara syrup to create this autumnal take on the classic Sherry Cobbler.
A gin spritz fit for the stars, this bubbly cocktail calls for light and floral Hendrick’s gin, cranberry juice and dry Champagne. Serve it as an aperitif before dinner, and plop the skewered cranberry garnish into the flute for a satisfying fizz.
Dial up your standby Vodka Soda by making this refined highball instead. Make your own spiced cranberry syrup by simmering whole cranberries with baking spices, demerara sugar, orange juice and Grand Marnier liqueur. Then simply add vodka and top it with soda for the best Vodka Soda of your life.
While you may think any cocktail with the word “Christmas” in the name can only be enjoyed during the holiday season, we encourage you to think again. Homemade, zesty spiced cranberry sauce pairs with vodka, St-Germain, lime juice and fig bitters for a bright cocktail that’s delicious all year round. Not convinced? This drink was named one of the best cocktails of 2016 by Supercall, and we drink a lot of cocktails.
Spiced cranberry sauce