15 Delicious Cranberry Cocktail Recipes

Cranberry Ginger Sparkler Non-alcoholic Drink for the Holidays
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Cranberry cocktails are always a hit. The majority of recipes, including the popular cosmo and vodka cranberry, require cranberry juice, making it incredibly easy and cheap to mix up a great drink.

You can do so much more with cranberry juice and fresh cranberries than mix it with vodka. It also pairs well with most other fruits and any type of liquor you can think of. Let's explore amazing cocktail recipes that are all about this sweet fruit.

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    Sea Breeze

    Popular Sea Breeze Cocktail Vodka Recipe
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    Building off that vodka and cranberry base, we can also add a variety of common fruit juices to create even more popular drinks. Adding orange juice gets you the madras and pineapple juice results in the bay breeze.

    If you prefer, bring grapefruit juice into the mix, and you'll have a tasty sea breeze. This mixed drink is as easy as all the others, and it has a great sweet-tart taste. This set of cocktails is also a great way to save some money in the bar without getting bored.

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    Long Beach Iced Tea

    Long Beach Iced Tea
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    You've heard of the Long Island iced tea, right? Did you know that if you switch from cola to cranberry juice you've created a Long Beach iced tea? That one simple twist makes a world of difference in the drink. Just be ready to pour from nearly every bottle in your bar to create this one.

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    Cranberry Daiquiri

    Cranberry Daiquiri
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    While you might think that a cranberry daiquiri would be a one-dimensional cocktail, this recipe actually has a nice layer of flavors. It uses rum and lime, just like any daiquiri, along with cranberry juice. From there the mix becomes spectacular, adding elderflower and tarragon to give it a fresh kick.

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    Red Lotus

    Cape codder

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    The fruity drink we call the Cape Codder, or vodka-cranberry is one of the best-known cranberry cocktails. It could use a little help at times, and there are many fun things you can do with it. For instance, adding a shot of lychee liqueur transforms that happy hour favorite into a sweet red lotus. It's a drink you'll definitely want to try.

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    Purple Haze

    Purple Haze

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    There are a few recipes for the purple haze cocktail, but one of our favorites includes a healthy dose of cranberry juice. It's another vodka-cranberry on the rocks, only this time you'll pour black raspberry liqueur. Essentially, you're adding something like Chambord, and it does add a nice touch to the drink.

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    Watermelon Cosmo

    Easy Bols Watermelon Cosmo Cocktail - Vodka Martini Recipe
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    The other famous cranberry juice cocktail is the one and only cosmopolitan. This fruity martini is the star of the modern martini menu and it's really fun to play around with.

    When summer's in full swing, add a shot of watermelon liqueur to the recipe to create this watermelon cosmo. It's perfectly sweet, refreshing, and an absolute delight on a hot day.

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    Pink Honey Martini

    Barenjager's Pink Honey Martini Cocktail Recipe
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    For another fun and simple twist on the cosmo, try the pink honey martini recipe. It pairs your favorite vodka with Bärenjager honey liqueur for a sweet base. The cranberry juice is just a small splash to give it a hint of fruitiness and bring the drink's flavor into perfect balance.

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    Woo Woo

    Woo Woo Cocktail Recipe

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    When you want that vodka-cranberry taste with a little peachy flair, give the woo-woo a try. The drink is tasty and simply tosses a little peach schnapps into the mix. If you thought all "up" cocktails were stuffy, this one would show you otherwise.

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    Washington Apple

    Washington Apple Martini

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    What happens when you add cranberry to a whiskey appletini? You get another popular drink called the Washington apple. This recipe specifically calls for Crown Royal, but you can use any whiskey you prefer. The best part? The whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice are equal pours, so you really can't screw it up.

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    Candy Appley

    Candy Appley Cocktail
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    Who's in the mood for a little moonshine? Specifically, we're talking about XXX Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey, and it is as interesting and delicious as it sounds. The candy appley cocktail recipe pairs it with a great apple liqueur, cranberry juice, and a sparkling cider. It's a lot of fun, that's for sure.

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    Poinsettia champagne cocktail

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    Simple sparkling cocktails are among our favorites, that's why we love the peachy Bellini so much. When you want to switch the fruit over to cranberry, just follow this poinsettia recipe. All you need is an orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and Champagne and a fantastic drink is ready for any holiday party.

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    Glamour Girl Martini

    Glamour Girl Martini
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    A delightful and extremely simple white wine cocktail, the glamour girl martini is similar to the woo woo. It pairs peach schnapps with cranberry juice, though this time the roles are reversed, and the cranberry is merely the accent. With those ingredients against a Pinot Grigio base, your friends will think you're a master bartender.

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    Gummy Bear Margarita

    Gummy Bear Margarita Cocktail Recipe
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    We have to toss a little tequila into the cranberry mix, and you can't help but have fun with this margarita recipe. There's a lot going on, so grab the tequila, Watermelon Pucker, triple sec, sour mix, cranberry juice, and grenadine. It seems like a lot, but totally worth it. Just don't forget the playful garnish!

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    London Proper

    London Proper Cocktail Recipe with DRY Juniper Berry Soda
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    What if you want to skip the juice and have fresh cranberries to use instead? For those times, this London proper cocktail is an excellent choice.

    The recipe muddles fresh cranberries then adds a London dry gin, lemon, syrup, and orange bitters. The key ingredient here, though, is Dry Sparkling's Juniper Berry Soda. It's a unique mixer and a perfect way to finish off this fantastic modern cocktail.

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    Polished Princess

    Sobieski Vodka's Polished Princess Cocktail
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    While you have those fresh cranberries, be sure to mix up a polished princess. This is a very seasonal recipe and an ideal drink for fall when the berries reach their peak. It uses a vanilla vodka base and a pinch of pumpkin spice along with the sweet cranberries. You'll find that it's great for Thanksgiving or any autumn dinner party.