Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

Cold weather is here, the leaves are falling, and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. It’s time we do away with the Pumpkin Spice and usher in the cranberries for your next seasonal holiday beverage. Besides, Massachusetts is home to the best cranberry bogs in the country!

Cranberry jelly is a staple on the Thanksgiving Dinner table and the berries are a classic decoration woven into garlands for Christmas. But how about adding them to your Whiskey Sour? Cranberry cocktails are a seasonal classic that not only tastes great but makes any drinking event all the classier!

While I was tempted to try all 20 of these cranberry-infused cocktails, I’ll defer to you to let me know which one is your favorite.

  • Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

    Cranberry Champagne Cocktail For The Holidays

    Indulge in the perfect holiday sipper with our Cranberry Champagne Cocktail. Discover the delightful blend of tart cranberries and bubbly champagne, creating a festive drink that's sure to impress.

    Gathering with friends and family to celebrate each other is worthy of a champagne toast. Spice it up with this delicious Cranberry Champagne Cocktail!

    Cranberry Syrup 

    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 1 1/4  cup sugar
    • 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen


    • 1 oz gin
    • 1/2 oz lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz cranberry syrup
    • 2 oz champagne
    • Lemon twist garnish
    • 2 sugared cranberries
  • St Germain & Cranberry Cocktail

    St Germain & Cranberry Cocktail

    Here's your go-to St Germain cocktail! Tart and perfectly balanced, it pairs this elderflower liqueur with vodka, cranberry and lemon.

    This perfectly balanced cocktail is destined to be the centerpiece of any holiday party!

    • 1 ounce* vodka
    • 1 ounce 100% cranberry juice
    • ½ ounce St. Germain
    • ½ ounce lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (or pure maple syrup)
    • Lemon wheel, for the garnish
  • Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

    The Vodka Cranberry Recipe

    The Vodka Cranberry is a breeze to make at home, and for many, a go-to drink at the bar. Try this recipe the next time you have friends over!

    Simple, elegant, and delicious!

    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 4 oz cranberry juice
    • Garnish: lime wedge
  • Cranberry Martini

    vodka cranberry martini (perfect holiday cocktail!)

    Cranberry martinis are the perfect holiday cocktail: festive, flavorful, simple! They're tart, smooth and just sweet enough for all to love.

    Even James Bond is destined to order this Martini. Shaken not stirred, of course.  This recipe makes 8 Martini’s but I have a feeling you’ll need more than that for any holiday party you throw!

    • 2 cups vodka
    • 2 cups unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
    • 1 cup simple syrup
    • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Bay Breeze Cocktail

    Malibu Bay Breeze Cocktail Recipe

    Malibu Bay Breeze is a fruity, layered cocktail bursting with the best tropical flavors! Just one sip of this refreshing drink of coconut rum, pineapple

    If you close your eyes while drinking this, you can almost feel the warm breeze blowing over the ocean while you lay on a tropical beach. It’s almost as if you are there, instead of bundled up and bracing for another cold Massachusetts winter.

    • ice
    • 3 ounces Malibu coconut rum
    • 4 ounces pineapple juice
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice
    • Lime slice for garnish
    • Maraschino cherry for garnish
    • Pineapple wedge for garnish
  • Rum & Cranberry Cocktail


    This easy recipe is perfect for the next brunch you host! With a pitcher of Cranberry Rum Punch on the table its doubtful anyone will complain about your cooking this time!


    • 1 cup rum
    • 90ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau
    • 1 liter cranberry juice
    • juice 2 limes
    • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
    • 500ml lemonade
  • Cranberry Margarita

    Christmas Cranberry Margarita

    This pretty and delicious Cranberry Margarita is perfect for Holiday parties. Cranberries are combined with tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.

    Cranberries and Tequila? Cran-yes!

    • 1 1/2 cups Tequila
    • 1/2 cup triple Sec
    • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1/2 cup lime juice
    • 1/2 cup simple syrup
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Madras Cocktail

    Madras Drink

    I mentioned on Monday that vodka is one of the most versatile - if not the most versatile - spirits. There are tons of vodka-based cocktail recipes out there. A Google search should confirm that. In bartending school, we had to learn the most-ordered recipes for our big test, especially because a lot of the drinks are very similar.

    Orange Juice AND Cranberry Juice? This drink MUST be healthy!

    • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
    • 3 ounces cranberry juice
    • 1 ounce orange juice
    • orange slice
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Cheers in the New Year with this Easy Cranberry Moscow Mule recipe that will be a hit at your Christmas or New Year's Eve celebration!

    Refreshing, cool, and perfect for your next holiday party!

    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz pure cranberry juice
    • 1/2 cup ginger beer
    • Lime wedge to garnish
  • Cranberry Mimosa

    Cranberry Mimosa Recipe - Chisel & Fork

    With fresh cranberry juice, orange liqueur and champagne, this cranberry mimosa is the perfect drink to start the holidays.

    Skip the meal and stick with the Cranberry Mimosa at your next brunch!

    • 1 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1/2 Grand Marnier
    • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
    • Fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz

    Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail (With Cran-Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup)

    This Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail will impress your guests! It's a twist on a classic gin fizz, with a rosemary infused simple syrup

    This twist on a classic is destined to shine brighter than your Christmas tree at your next holiday gathering!

    • 2 tablespoons fresh cranberries
    • Juice of 1/4 a lime
    • 1 – 2 oz of gin (depending on your preference!)
    • 1 oz cran-rosemary infused simple syrup
    • Ginger ale/beer
    • Ice
    • More rosemary and cranberries, for garnish
    • 1/2 Grand Marnier
  • Cranberry Mojito

    Festive Cranberry Mojito | As Easy As Apple Pie

    A refreshing and festive Cranberry Mojito recipe to add sparkle to your Christmas party or holiday get-together.

    This Cranberry Mojito is even more refreshing than you are!

    For the cranberry simple syrup

    • 8 oz. (225 g) fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup (240 ml) water
    • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

    For the holiday cranberry mojito

    • 20 fresh mint leaves
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) cranberry simple syrup
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) white rum
    • ice cubes
    • 4 oz. (120 ml) sparkling water
    • Garnish (optional) : fresh mint leaves, fresh cranberries, lime slices
  • The Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

    The Cocktail Chronicles: The Blizzard

    Looking for a unique bourbon drink to enjoy this winter? 100% pure cranberry juice mixes with bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup to create this cocktail.

    I can’t wait to make this for the first Nor’easter of the season!

    • 2 ¼ oz. bourbon
    • 1 ½ oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
    • ½ oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 1 oz. simple syrup
    • Lemon slices and cranberries, for garnish
  • Cranberry Zombie Cocktail

    Cranberry Zombie Drink

    This delicious Cranberry Zombie cocktail combines three different types of rum to make a wonderfully fruity, rum-based drink you'll love!

    Too many of these and that hangover will turn you into a zombie…

    • l ounce lime juice
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 oz white rum
    • 1/2 oz golden rum
    • 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Cranberry Gin & Tonic

    Festive Cranberry Gin and Tonic Recipe - A Nerd Cooks

    Treat yourself to a festive Cranberry Gin and Tonic (or two, or three) this holiday season! You know that you deserve it.

    Gin & Tonics are a classic drink. Reinvent it with a simple twist that will be make any G&T lover happy!

    • 1.5 ounces gin
    • 2 ounces cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
    • ½ lime, juiced
    • 2 ounces tonic water
    • lime wedge and fresh or candied cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • The Washington Apple

    Washington Apple Crown Royal Apple Drink Recipe | Homemade Food Junkie

    The Washington apple is a cocktail with a delicious sweet apple taste and a sour tangy twist of cranberry. Make it a sipper, shot or party punch!

    This delicious drink will be the life of your party! Don’t take a sip when you can take a shot!

    • 3/4 oz Crown Royal Apple
    • 3/4 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
    • 3/4 oz Cranberry Juice (Unsweetened)
    • 1/2 oz club soda
  • Cranberry Sauce Bourbon Cocktail

    Cranberry Sauce Bourbon Cocktail

    Cranberry Sauce Bourbon Cocktail made with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving! A delicious festive beverage that is lower in sugar!

    This recipe sounds like a great way to use up any and all leftover cranberry sauce!

    • 2 tablespoons homemade or store-bought cranberry sauce
    • 1 to 2 shots bourbon
    • Ginger beer or club soda
    • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cranberry Whiskey Sour

    Cranberry whiskey sour - Caroline's Cooking

    This cranberry whiskey sour is an easy and delicious twist on a classic cocktail. It's slightly festive and quick to prepare, perfect for any occasion.

    Who doesn’t love a good whiskey sour? This classic drink is made festive with the simple addition of cranberry juice, making a must have this holiday season!

    • 1 ½ oz whiskey 45ml
    • ¾ oz lemon juice 22ml, recommend fresh
    • 3 oz cranberry juice 90ml
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Cranberry Apple Sangria

    Cranberry Apple Sangria - Damn Delicious

    Cranberry Apple Sangria - The must have spiced holiday cocktail! With cranberries, apples, oranges, cinnamon and cloves! You can make this ahead of time!

    You’ll be ordering this drink by the pitcher after you try it!

    • 3 cups cranberry apple juice cocktaildivided
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 2 orangesthinly sliced
    • ½ cup halved fresh cranberries
    • 2 5-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
    • 3 star anise pods
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 2 cups sliced small apples
    • 1 750-mml bottle pinot grigio, chilled
  • Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

    Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy - Simply Happy Foodie

    A Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy is sweet & tart, gently spiced. This hot cocktail is a delicious Christmas Hot Toddy recipe. Christmas cocktail

    Hot Toddies are more than just a remedy when you are under the weather – they are one of the best drinks to stay warm with on a cool fall night. Make this classic even more festive with a cranberry addition!

    • 2 cups Cranberry Juice, unsweetened
    • 1/2 small Orange, pierced several times through the rind
    • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
    • 1 (1 inch) piece Fresh Ginger
    • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
    • 1/2 tsp Cloves
    • 2 Star Anise
    • 1/4-1/2 cup Honey
    • 3-4 oz Bourbon
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