Enjoy a glass or two of my Cranberry Ginger Cocktail. It’s a warming and fiery blend of cranberries, ginger beer and cranberry liqueur. This is a perfect sparkling ginger cranberry cocktail. My cranberry ginger beer cocktail is so easy to make and is a great recipe for your favourite Christmas party drinks collection.
I absolutely love this drink. It’s so refreshing, warming and fruity but also has that delicious alcoholic buzz which is perfect for Christmas parties. It’s such a quick cranberry ginger cocktail to make which doesn’t require shaking so just pour it into a glass and go. I like to add fresh cranberries and a slice of lime when I make it to make it a little extra festive. You can also make the Christmas Mule into a large punch bowl by sizing the recipe up.
The mix of cranberry and ginger is a really wonderful flavour combination. The squeeze of fresh lime really makes the ginger and cranberry taste pop.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Why you’ll love this recipe
- It’s perfect for your Christmas parties, you can pour and serve as you go, or mix up the Moscow mule into a punch bowl and allow people to help themselves.
- Cranberry and ginger beer go so perfectly together it’s no wonder they make such an amazing cranberry ginger cocktail.
- It’s a refreshing sparkling cranberry ginger cocktail, most drinks this time of year are warm, rich and heavy, it’s nice to have one thats a little lighter but just as fiery.
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I get through so much cranberry juice at Christmas, I just love using it in my Christmas cocktails or adding some to my fresh homemade cranberry sauce recipe (or my new cranberry and orange sauce recipe)
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Fiery and peppery are not usually two words I’d use to describe my ideal cocktail but a cranberry ginger cocktail is exactly that, fiery, peppery and one of my favourites!
The perfect spirit for cranberry juice, vodka is light, fresh and has little taste so blends perfectly with the fresh cranberry and ginger beer flavours of this Christmas mule.
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How to make – step by step
- Firstly, chill your glass in the freezer or with a couple of ice cubes (you could even freeze the cranberry juice and create cranberry juice ice cubes so they don’t water down your Moscow mule).
- Then pop some fresh cranberries and a squeeze of lime in the glass.
- Measure your cranberry liqueur and vodka and pour into your glass.
- If you haven’t made cranberry ice cubes, now would be the time to pour some cranberry juice into your glass and give the components a quick stir to combine.
- Top with ginger beer and enjoy your cranberry ginger cocktail!
- Freeze your cranberry juice in an ice cube tray to make flavoured ice for your cranberry ginger beer cocktail. This creates a refreshing cocktail without watering down your drink. You could even use frozen cranberries to the same affect.
- Add fresh cranberries and a squeeze of lime to the cocktail, the fresh cranberries will be incredibly tart so I wouldn’t recommend eating them!
- Leave out the vodka and cranberry liqueur if you would like to make this cranberry ginger beer cocktail family friendly.
Cranberry Liqueur for Christmas Cocktails
For this recipe I used Cranes Cranberry Liqueur. It is a delicious tipple perfect for cocktails. I’ve used in a few cocktails so far but it is also perfect for adding to champagne for a little flavour and colour. Especially in time for Christmas. Find out more about Cranes.
The Liqueur is hand crafted from the highest quality cranberries sourced from Wisconsin USA. It is then infused with natural blood orange juices and orange rind. Making it a wonderful Christmas flavour drink which you will be using all year for it’s fruitiness and freshness. It also works so well added to a gin and tonic.
Substitutions and variations
ALCOHOL FREE CRANBERRY COCKTAIL
If you wanted to make an alcohol free version you could just make a similar drink with cranberry juice and ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.
Making ahead of time options
I recommend making this cranberry ginger beer cocktail fresh, as you don’t want the ginger beer to go flat. It’s quick to whip up so won’t take you long and you can make the Christmas Mules into a punch bowl just prior to serving. Simply scale up the recipe by the number of servings you wish to make and them follow the steps outlined below.
Is cranberry good with ginger?
Yes! Slightly tart cranberry juice is perfect with ginger, the two flavours clash slightly creating a mix of tart, sweet and peppery flavours. Perfect flavours for a warm Christmas cocktail.
What can cranberry juice be mixed with?
Cranberry juice can be mixed with many spirits and drinks. Personally, my favourite thing to mix cranberry juice with is vodka and ginger beer, it’s a fiery, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for the Christmas period.
Does cranberry juice and ginger ale go together?
Yes, cranberry juice goes really well with ginger ale. The two strong flavours balance each other so you have a sweet and fiery drink. You could add a shot of vodka to your cranberry and ginger ale to make a sparkling cranberry ginger beer cocktail.
Are cranberry cocktails healthy?
Everything is healthy in moderation, this is a low-fat drink as it is made of clear spirits and fruit mixers. It is high in sugar and of course, contains alcohol. But as long as you drink safely it can be a healthy cranberry cocktail.
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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail
- Tall glass
- jigger or measuring jug
- ice cubes (optional)
- 25 ml Cranes Cranberry Liqueur
- 50 ml cranberry juice
- 25 ml vodka (I used Red Berry Ciroc but plain vodka works too)
- quarter of a lime freshly squeezed
- 100 ml ginger beer
- Fresh cranberries for decorations (don't eat)
- In a glass add in the ice, cranberry juice, cranberry liqueur and vodka. (If you don't have cranberry liqueur add half again of the cranberry juice).
- Squeeze in the juice from a quarter slice of lime.
- Top up with ginger beer.
- Sprinkle in a few cranberries for decoration and serve. Red and white striped straws are lovely addition too.
- Fresh cranberries are a lovely addition to cocktails but they shouldn’t be eaten. They are very sour when fresh.
- If you don’t have ginger beer you can use ginger ale.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.