Skip to Content

Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail For Holiday Parties

It’s the fun time of year where you grab your cocktail shaker and make fun holiday drinks! This Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail is perfect for holiday parties!

Do you make cocktails for the holidays? This one is for you. A perfect combination of cranberry juice and Santa’s favorite spirit, this festive cocktail is easy to make (add everything to your shaker) and even easier to drink.

Personally I love to have holiday drinks while wrapping gifts, cranberry anything is my absolute fav for some delicious holiday cheer!

If you are having a Holiday gathering this year, this can be your signature cocktail. It’s super easy to make if you are the bartender, or if you have assigned someone bartending duties.

I’m not much of a maker/drinker of cocktails, but this one hit the spot! I even got all my neighbors together for a Christmas cocktail holiday party! It’s a great way to celebrate Christmas time with a festive twist. It’s the perfect holiday drink that you can use for Christmas punch.

Where to serve this amazing Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail?

Holiday parties, thanksgiving dinner (or pre-game), or in general. You will love this one if you are into cranberry cocktails (like me!). You won’t need any fresh cranberries or simple syrup for this fun cocktail. It’s the perfect Christmas cocktail delicious recipe that you can garnish with a cinnamon stick, a rosemary sprig or even a orange slice.

What ingredients do you need for this Christmas Cranberry Cocktail Recipe?

  • Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry Vodka 
  • Ice Cubes 
  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Lime Slices 

Super simple ingredients and delicious! Enjoy your cocktail and cheers. You don’t even need to be a master bartender to make this simple drink! You can serve this cranberry holiday drink in champagne flutes for a festive holiday cocktail. It’s great for holiday celebrations and will be ones of you new favorite holiday drink recipes!

You can even serve this easy holiday drink at family gatherings. This vodka cranberry recipe drink will be one of your new favorite holiday cocktails.

Drink responsibly and have a safe holiday season. Check out the recipe card for how to make this cranberry juice cocktail and look at the bottom of this post for more cocktail recipes.

Why do we love this Christmas Cocktail recipe?

This festive Christmas cocktail is really the best way to say happy holidays. You can make it in large batches for a great cranberry holiday punch for a Christmas party. It has a great citrus flavor and the perfect balance of flavors.

What are some helpful tips for making the perfect Christmas cocktail?

1. Start with quality ingredients: Using the best spirits, mixers and garnishes will make a world of difference in the taste of your Christmas cocktail. Choose top-shelf liquors or create your own simple syrup for an extra flavorful kick!

2. Get creative: A festive holiday drink often requires more than just mixing a few spirits together. Consider adding some seasonal flavors, like cranberry juice, cinnamon or nutmeg. You can even try infusing your own vodka by combining it with some fresh spices of your choice!

3. Find a balance: It’s important to find the right mix between sweet and sour when making a cocktail. Too much sweetness will make it cloying, while too much sourness will make the drink unenjoyable. Consider adding an acidic element like citrus or a bit of simple syrup to balance out your drink.

4. Play with garnishes: Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to garnishing your Christmas cocktails! Berries, herbs and spices can all be used to add an extra festive touch. You can also try serving your drinks in mason jars or martini glasses with a cocktail umbrella for a fancier presentation.

5. Experiment: Most importantly, don’t be afraid to experiment! Christmas cocktails are all about having fun and creating something unique that reflects your own taste preferences. Try out different combinations of ingredients until you find the perfect recipe for your holiday celebration.

A Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail: The Ultimate Holiday Cheers

Hello, culinary explorers and mixology mavens! Are you craving something that screams “Holidays!” but with an adult twist? Get ready for the Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail. This delicious concoction brings together the festive flavors of cranberry ginger ale and cranberry vodka, with a touch of rosemary and lime to add a sophisticated flair. It’s like Christmas in a glass—both visually stunning and irresistibly tasty.


Q: Can I use regular ginger ale instead of cranberry ginger ale?
A: You can, but the cranberry version adds that extra holiday kick.

Q: Is flavored vodka essential?
A: Cranberry vodka intensifies the drink’s flavor, but regular vodka works too if that’s what you have.

Q: Can I use lemon instead of lime slices?
A: Yes, lemon can work, but lime generally pairs better with cranberry.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Fresh Rosemary: Opt for fresh over dried rosemary for a more vibrant taste and presentation.
  2. Quality Vodka: Choose a good-quality vodka for a smoother cocktail.
  3. Chill the Ginger Ale: A chilled mixer makes for a more refreshing drink.
  4. Muddle the Lime: For an extra zing, muddle the lime slice in the glass before adding other ingredients.


  1. Non-Alcoholic: Swap out cranberry vodka for cranberry juice and a splash of soda.
  2. Herbal Notes: Add a few leaves of mint or basil for a different flavor profile.
  3. Spice It Up: Add a cinnamon stick for some warming spice.


This is a cocktail best enjoyed fresh. However, you could make a batch of the cranberry ginger ale and vodka mix and store it in the fridge. Just add the ice cubes, rosemary, and lime slices when you’re ready to serve.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Too Bitter or Too Sweet: If you find the cranberry elements overwhelming, the lime can balance it out. Conversely, if it’s too tart, add a splash of simple syrup.
  • Flavor Imbalance: The rosemary should be a subtle note, not the star of the show. Make sure to not overdo it.
  • Ice Melts Too Quickly: Using crushed ice can lead to a diluted drink. Stick with whole ice cubes to maintain the cocktail’s integrity longer.

Why This Recipe Works

The genius behind the Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail is its brilliant layering of flavors and textures. The cranberry ginger ale provides a fizzy, tangy base, the cranberry vodka adds depth and richness, and the rosemary offers an aromatic herbal touch. The lime slices contribute a citrusy note that elevates the whole drink. Plus, this cocktail is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re serving it at a classy Christmas dinner or a laid-back holiday gathering, it’s sure to be a hit.

This is more than just a cocktail; it’s an experience that embodies the holiday spirit. So put on your coziest Christmas socks, cue up your favorite holiday playlist, and celebrate the season with this delightful Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail. Cheers and happy holidays!

Looking for some more fun Holiday cocktails?

Happy mixing! 🙂

Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail For Holiday Parties
Yield: 1 drink

Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail For Holiday Parties

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This super festive holiday cocktail is super easy to make! Make this for your signature cocktail at your next holiday party!


  • Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry Vodka
  • Ice Cubes
  • Rosemary
  • Lime Slices


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Place a lime slice in the glass.
  3. Pour in 1 shot of Cranberry Vodka.
  4. Top off with Cranberry Ginger Ale.
  5. Garnish with Rosemary.
  6. Cheers!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 330Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 7gSugar 56gProtein 2g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Pin it for later!

If you enjoyed this recipe be sure to check us out on Instagram for more fun recipes!

Before you go be sure to check out these fun cocktail recipes!

Christmas Whiskey Cocktail Drink For The Holidays

Delicious White Christmas Mojito Cocktail

Delicious Christmas Peppermint Mule Cocktail

Easy Santa Christmas Cocktail For The Holidays

Christmas Grinch Jello Shots


Skip to Recipe