Most of us are familiar with quintessential cranberry cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan or the Cape Codder. These are tried and true favorites for cranberry juice lovers, but I’d like to take you one step beyond these classics and help you explore that delicious little joy of a berry — the cranberry — and get you set up for the holiday entertaining season.
Cranberries are unlike any other fruit in the world. I think they’re like little fruit rubies with their glossy, scarlet red hue. I’m also intrigued by the fact that they’re grown in a bog and each berry has a tiny little pocket of air that allows it to float to the surface of the water when it harvests. Fascinating!
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Cranberries are good for you, too! Fresh cranberries contain high levels of beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and an amazing array of phytonutrients. Now that they’re reaching their peak color and flavor from October through December, we’re just in time to add their festive hue, tart tangy flavor, and numerous health protective effects to your holiday cocktail menus. So grab a bag of these power-packed gems and let’s get started on our cranberry cocktails!
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1. Pear-Cranberry Sparkler
The tangy flavor of cranberries is enhanced with a combination of pear vodka and the lovely floral notes of St. Germain. Top with a little bubbly and you’ll become an immediate fan of this fun and easy holiday drink.
Tools: Cocktail shaker
Glass: Champagne flute
Extras: Cranberries for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails
- 3 ounces pear vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 ounce St. Germain
- Champagne or prosecco, well chilled
- Combine first 3 ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake well.
- Distribute between glasses.
- Top each cocktail with champagne and serve.
2. Cranberry Ginger Fizz
Source: Creative Culinary
The ingredients in this cocktail make for a spectacular — and beautiful — libation to share during the coming months. Cranberry, citrus, ginger ale, and, of course, some gin meld together to offer a refreshing drink to share.
3. Cranberry Margaritas
Source: Gimme Some Oven
Even margaritas can join in the cranberry fun. This recipe is quick, easy, and oh-so tasty. Perfect for toasting during the holidays or just for happy hour!
4. Cranberry Mojitos
Source: Mom On Timeout
What is it about the word “mojito” that feels so fun? Just utter the word “mojitos!” and your guest perk up and your party kicks it up a notch. This simple twist on a basic mojito delivers that yummy cranberry tartness while providing your cocktail that red holiday hue.
5. Rosemary-Infused Holiday Cocktail
Source: The Flair Exchange
With the delicious dishes throughout the holidays, don’t forget that it’s the accompanying herbs that truly enhance some of our favorite dishes. This cocktail brings rosemary front and center with homemade rosemary simple syrup. Mix in some cranberry juice and other ingredients and you’re on your way to celebrating in style.
6. Cranberry-Orange Dark ’n’ Stormy
Source: Food for My Family
This cocktail had me at “cranberry-infused rum!” You’ll need a little time and patience for the infusion process, but the final product is well worth the two-day wait. This perfect fall-to-winter drink is also perfect for sipping in front of the fire with a good book and/or your significant other.
Infused spirits are a great gift for the holidays or to bring as a hostess gift. Check out these great ideas for delicious spirit infusions!
7. Virgin Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
Source: Martha Stewart
Sometimes a cocktail doesn’t need to include alcohol to pack a flavor punch. Bring in some comforting spices, warm things up a bit on the stove, and voila! You’ve got a cocktail to serve as a dessert or simply as a special treat to warm you up on a cool winter afternoon.
I hope these recipes have inspired you to cranberry up this season and enjoy their powerful tart flavor. Besides, joining in the cranberry craze of these months puts you in good company. Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, with about 80 million pounds gobbled up during Thanksgiving week alone, and for good reason!