Get ready to wow your friends and family this holiday season with this mouthwatering cranberry Christmas cocktail recipe. Indulge in the holiday spirit with this easy cranberry Christmas cocktail with gin that will bring joy to your gatherings. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or want to enjoy a cosy evening by the fireplace, this cranberry Christmas cocktail recipe is a must-try!
This easy cranberry Christmas cocktail has quickly become a staple in my house, it’s a classic cranberry Christmas cocktail with gin as an added spirit rather than the more classic flavours of vodka or tequila. Once you’ve made this cranberry Christmas drink once, you’ll be making it for everyone.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Why you’ll love this cranberry Christmas cocktail recipe
Using gin in a Christmas cocktail is one of the best things to do. It’s a fun twist on the Christmas classics and keeps all your guests happy.
The cranberry Christmas cocktail is easy to whip up and serve, making this a wonderful Christmas cranberry drink.
The decoration is half the magic, topped with fresh cranberries, an orange slices and fragrant rosemary, this Christmas cocktail with gin is heavenly.
For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.
Founded in 2011, Bathtub Gin is a brilliant brand to try if you love gin. They are both named and inspired by the small batches of gin made in bathtubs of the 1920s during prohibition.
However, now their small batches are not made in bathtubs. They start off with a classic London dry gin which is then double infused with their chosen botanicals which creates their stunning flavours. The bottle is gorgeous too!
Sharp and sweet, cranberry juice is one of the best fruit juices for Christmas cocktails with gin. It adds flavour and pairs perfectly with the spirit without overpowering the whole drink.
Usually reserved for breakfast tables (as a mimosa or alone), orange juice helps balance the flavours of this cranberry cocktail recipe. Adding some much-needed sharpness to the mix.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas cocktail recipe with a simple sugar syrup. You can buy sugar syrup from the supermarket or easily make your own at home with equal parts sugar and water.
How to make cranberry Christmas cocktail – step by step
Start by chilling your glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.
Then measure out your gin and pour. Top with the orange juice and cranberry juice before string in the sugar syrup too.
When everything is well combined, decorate your easy cranberry Christmas cocktail with fresh (or frozen) cranberries, a slice of orange and some sprigs of rosemary.
Please drink responsibly and check out Drink Aware for more information.
Use frozen slices of range and frozen cranberries to chill and decorate your cranberry Christmas drink. This stops your drink from being watered down by ice cubes and makes for a tasty booze filled treat at the end.
Substitutions and variations
Cranberry Christmas cocktail with vodka
Not a gin person? Try swapping out the gin for a sharp vodka like Grey Goose. It pairs wonderfully with these flavours and is just as easy to make.
Cranberry Christmas cocktail with rum
If you’re looking for a slightly warmer Christmas Cocktail recipe, use a spiced rum. Warm-flavoured rum is perfect with cranberry and orange. But if that’s not your thing, a white rum will work just as well too.
Making ahead of time options
I always say that cocktails are best when fresh. But saying that, Christmas is a busy time and you don’t always have the time to make this Cranberry Christmas cocktail recipe ad hoc as people demand seconds and thirds of this amazing Cranberry drink.
Bathtub Gin – Flavour Discovery Tasting Set
This tasting set makes a great gift for the gin fans in your life.
Discover a whole world of flavour with the Bathtub Gin tasting set. With five different award-winning gins to enjoy. The tasting kit includes 30ml dram of the original Bathtub, as well as a 30ml dram each of Grapefruit & Rosemary, Persian Lime & Orange Blossom, Damson & Bay, and Rose & Cardamom. Take your tastebuds on an adventure, and find your new favourite!
Bathtub gin is a a classic in my house, I love their branding and packaging as it just sets you up for all the wonderful gin that is to come.
FAQS – cranberry Christmas cocktail
What alcohol is good with cranberry juice?
There are lots of alcohols that are good with cranberry juice. Largely vodka and gin are too of the most famous alcohols to have with cranberry juice but you can also enjoy a rum or tequila too.
What goes with Christmas gin?
Christmas gin goes best in a cocktail of cranberry juice and orange juice. But if you aren’t a fan of the fruit juice cocktail, a simple tonic water will work wonders with your Christmas gin.
Is cranberry cocktail healthy?
Everything in moderation, cranberry cocktails can be lower calorie than sugary drinks like wine or cocktails but alcohol is still a dangerous substance and should be enjoyed in moderation.
What does a cranberry cocktail have in it?
A cranberry cocktail of course starts with cranberry juice, then you’ll want to add a spirit of either gin, vodka or tequila and then something to top your drink off. This could be a sugar syrup, orange juice or lemonade.
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Cranberry Christmas Cocktail
- Glass Tumbler
- ice cubes
- 50 ml gin
- 12.5 ml simple syrup
- 25 ml orange juice
- 100 ml cranberry juice
- Orange slice
- fresh rosemary
- Frozen cranberries
- Add everything to your glass and stir to combine.
- Decorate with a slice of orange, fresh rosemary and a few frozen cranberries to add a splash of colour.
- Serve and enjoy.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.