|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Call it a crantini or a cranberry martini, either way, this easy cocktail recipe is a pure delight. It's a simple variation of the famous Cosmopolitan and it's a lovely complement to any meal, including a Thanksgiving feast.
The crantini requires just two ingredients. You'll begin by choosing your favorite premium vodka, then shake that with the cranberry liqueur of your choice. Since that particular flavor is not one of the most common liqueurs and can be hard to find at times, you can also use cranberry juice as a substitute.
To finish off the drink in perfect style, use a few cranberries for the garnish. Dried cranberries can be used year-round and when the fruits are fresh you will have a wonderful little drink for the autumn season.
- 2 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce cranberry liqueur (or cranberry juice)
- Garnish: dried or fresh cranberries
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, pour the vodka and cranberry liqueur or juice. Fill it with ice.
Garnish by dropping cranberries into the glass.
Serve and enjoy!
Since this recipe is so simple, it will really show off the vodka. That's why you'll want to select a top-shelf vodka that is nice and smooth with a clean taste. Luckily, there are a ton of worthy options on the market today, so you have plenty of bottles to choose from.
There are a few companies that make delicious cranberry liqueurs. Look for brands like Leopold Brothers, Wild Moon, and Clear Creek to get the best-tasting crantini.
Cranberries come into season during the fall months and you can usually find them through the winter holidays. It's a perfect time to use them for garnishing or dry them for future use. You can also put the sweet little fruits to use and make your own cranberry liqueur.
Dried cranberries are readily available at grocery stores and you might recognize them under the brand name "Craisins." They work as a substitute garnish but do not expect them to float like fresh cranberries.
The biggest difference between the cranberry liqueur and juice options is the sweetness. Though cranberry juice tends to be on the sweeter side, it's not quite the same as the liqueur.
If you go the juice route, you may want to add a little simple syrup to this cocktail. Begin with 1/4 ounce and give the drink a taste to see what you think. You can always add more when you mix up the next round.
Another option is to use a cranberry juice blend and there are many to choose from. Pomegranate, raspberry, and grape are often blended with cranberry. Pouring one of these is an easy way to give your crantini a quick flavor twist.
More Cranberry Martinis
Cranberry is one of the most popular fruit flavors in the bar, so it's no surprise that it makes an appearance in a number of cocktails. If you're looking for a fun twist on this martini, try the pink honey martini, which is sweetened with Barenjäger Honey Liqueur, or take your cosmopolitan to a new level with the very berry cosmo. And, when you're in the mood for a little whiskey, the Washington apple is a perfect choice!