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Cranberry Vodka cocktail is a great party drink for fall and winter holidays. A sweet mixed drink with citrus and cranberry flavors. Easy to mix up by the glass or in a pitcher for parties.
Holiday entertaining is my favorite and having a few easy party drinks is a must. I love serving a festive cocktail like a Cranberry Vodka or to mix up a big batch of Cosmopolitan Party Punch or Winter Moscato Punch.
Entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated. Have some beer iced down along with some make ahead cocktails plus a few easy appetizers and you are all set. You can have it all set up and let your guests pour their own drinks.
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How to Make Cranberry Vodka:
You can make your own cranberry simple syrup or use cranberry juice for these cocktails.
- Fill 2 glasses with ice.
- Mix cranberry simple syrup or cranberry juice, fresh lemon juice, vodka and triple sec together.
- Pour over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries and lemon slices.
How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup
- Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries and 3/4 cup of sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, breaking up cranberries and stirring often.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cool faster by placing in the freezer for about 5 – 10 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh. Reserve cranberries for another use or discard.
- Store cranberry simple syrup in a covered container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Using the cranberry simple syrup produces a sweeter cocktail than using the cranberry juice. The simple syrup gives the cocktail a brighter red and more festive color.
More Holiday Cocktails to Try:
Cranberry Wine Punch is a great fall and winter sangria with amazing warm flavors. Easy to make this large batch cocktail ahead.
Vodka Party Punch is always a crowd favorite and so simple to make. Made with Hawaiian Punch, pineapple juice and vodka.
Cranberry Tequila Old Fashioned is a great holiday spin on the classic old fashioned cocktail.
Pomegranate Side Car is a super simple cocktail that is always a crowd favorite. The pomegranate and citrus flavors pair so well with the bourbon in this festive drink.
Sparkling Strawberry Pomegranate Cocktails have just 5 ingredients and it’s always the hit of the party. Perfect to serve for holidays and celebrations.
Kir Royale is made with sparkling wine and blackberry brandy for a gorgeous holiday presentation.
Easy Holiday Cocktail Garnishes:
Half of the fun of making cocktails are the garnishes. Fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh citrus slices – lemons, limes and grapefruit. Citrus peels also make great garnishes, plus maraschino cherries, fresh cranberries or pomegranate arils.
Tips for Serving Cocktails:
- Make sure you have plenty of ice. Figure on at least 1 pound per person.
- Make large batch cocktails in pitchers so guests can serve themselves.
- Have a few beers iced down for easy serving.
- Designate a bar area with extra glasses, napkins and easy garnishes.
- Have some sparkling water, sparkling apple cider or a batch of Holiday Party Punch for guests that aren’t drinking alcohol.
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Best Tools for the Home Bartender:
Bartender Kit has everything you need to mix fancy cocktails at home and comes in a neat little stand.
Cosmopolitan Glasses are perfect for serving your cranberry vodka drinks or Comsompolitan Party Punch.
Cocktail Spoons ~ I love having these for large batch cocktails. They are pretty enough to leave in the pitcher for serving and you can keep the drinks mixed before pouring.
Cocktail Picks ~ I’m loving these gold pearl bamboo picks for holiday garnishes.
Acrylic Drink Pitchers are super handy for making large batch cocktails.
Easy Appetizers to Serve with Cocktails:
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are crazy good and just have 3 ingredients. I guarantee they will be the hit of the party.
Pomegranate Pecan Party Appetizer is a super easy and delicious appetizer that makes a stunning presentation.
Knorr Spinach Dip is an easy make ahead dip that is likely to be the first thing to disappear at your next party.
Easy Deviled Eggs are always a bite-sized favorite. Pipe in your filling for a festive appetizer.
Add a Cranberry Vodka cocktail to your next holiday gathering. Your guests are sure to love this easy mixed drink.
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For the Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
For the Cranberry Vodka Cocktails
- 8 ounces cranberry simple syrup or cranberry juice
- 4 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces triple sec orange liqueur
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- fresh cranberries and lemon slices for garnish
- For the Cranberry Simple Syrup: Add cranberries, water and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Stir often to break up cranberries.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly. Speed up cooling by placing in the freezer for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Strain cranberries and reserve for another use or discard.
- Pour cranberry simple syrup into a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.
- For the Cranberry Vodka: Mix cranberry simple syrup, vodka, triple sec and lemon juice together.
- Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour Cranberry Vodka over ice.
- Garnish with lemon slices and fresh cranberries if desired.
To make a large batch, double recipe as needed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 757 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 13mg Carbohydrates: 130g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 113g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g