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15 Best Alcoholic Drinks With Cranberry Juice: Full Guide

Alcoholic Drinks With Cranberry Juice

Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

We’ve had our fair share of mixology adventures, so when we tell you that cranberry juice is a game-changer when crafting a luscious and refreshing cocktail, trust us.

Whether you’re a wine/champagne lover, a rum enthusiast, or prefer a splash of tequila, the possibilities are endless.

So buckle up, grab your shakers, and let’s explore the best alcoholic drinks with cranberry juice.

Top 15 Alcoholic Drinks With Cranberry Juice

15. Malibu Bay Breeze

Glass of Malibu Bay Breeze

Enjoy the tropical taste of pineapple with this simple cocktail recipe – Bay Breeze.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz pineapple juice
  • 10z vodka
  • 3oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1tsp maple syrup/simple syrup

Instructions: To make this Bay Breeze cocktail, combine pineapple juice and vodka in a glass with ice. In your shot glass, stir in cranberry juice and syrup.

Layer the two mixtures in the glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve.

Serving: 1

14. Rum Runner with Cranberry Juice

Glass of Rum Runner with Cranberry Juice

This Rum Runner with Cranberry Juice Cocktail mixes cranberry juice and rum. This recipe is sweet with just the right balance and distinctive flavor.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz rum (light or white)
  • 1.5oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 0.5oz orange-flavored liqueur (preferably Grand Marnier)
  • 0.5oz lemon juice
  • 1oz simple syrup

Instructions: Pour all the ingredients into your shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain the mix in your cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon slice if you like.

Serving: 1

13. Cranberry Margarita

Person Making Glass of Cranberry Margarita

Are you looking for fun cranberry cocktails? Try the Cranberry Margarita recipe, a twist on the classic cocktail – filled with a sweet and tart flavor.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5oz tequila reposado/blanco
  • 1oz Triple Sec (or any orange liqueur)
  • 0.5oz lime juice
  • 0.5oz maple syrup

Instructions: (Optional: Rim your glass using a lemon wedge and sea salt.) Put all the ingredients in your bar shaker full of ice.

Shake until chilled and strain into your (rimmed) margarita glass.

Serving: 1

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12. Cranberry Sangria

Pitcher and Glasses of Cranberry Sangria

This holiday beverage is known for its sunny outlook and flavor, which you can enhance with a cranberry cocktail – one of the best alternative cranberry cocktail recipes for Cranberry Mimosa.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Total Time: 1 hr.

Ingredients:

  • 10oz rosé wine
  • 8oz cranberry cocktail juice
  • 1.5oz brandy
  • cinnamon stick
  • 1tsp sugar, Golden Caster
  • sliced lemon
  • 8oz lemonade
  • frozen cranberries/rosemary sprigs

Instructions: Tip all the liquids, except the lemonade, with a cinnamon stick, lemon slice, and sugar. Chill in the fridge for an hour. Add ice and lemonade, then garnish it with rosemary and cranberries if preferred.

Serving: 4

11. Sea Breeze Cocktail 

Glass of Sea Breeze Cocktail with Lime

Looking for a refreshing drink that’s tart, light, and breezy? Try this Sea Breeze cocktail recipe today.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz vodka (or gin)
  • 1oz grapefruit juice
  • 1tsp simple syrup
  • 3oz cranberry juice, unsweetened

Instructions: Combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and syrup in your glass with ice. Add cranberry juice and squeeze the lime wedge. Now, serve your Sea Breeze cocktail.

Serving: 1

10. Cosmopolitan Cocktail 

Close Up Shot of Cosmopolitan Cocktail Glass Drink

Want to enjoy one of the best cranberry cocktail recipes? Try this Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe now.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Citron vodka
  • 1oz cranberry juice, unsweetened
  • 0.5oz Cointreau (or any black raspberry liqueur)
  • 0.5oz lemon juice
  • 1tsp simple syrup/maple syrup

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in your shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into your martini glass. Squeeze the lime wedge and garnish with a lime wheel, if preferred.

Serving: 1

9. Fuzzy Navel with Cranberry

Glass of Fuzzy Navel with Cranberry

Try the classic Fuzzy Navel with cranberry juice and enjoy a perfectly balanced recipe and delicious drink.

“No amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.”

— David Sedaris, American Humorist.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 4oz Peach schnapps
  • 4oz pineapple juice
  • 4oz cranberry juice
  • 4oz orange juice
  • Prosecco

Instructions: Combine schnapps and fruit juices in your glass over ice. Pour into two cocktail glasses and add Prosecco on top.

Serving: 2

8. Vodka Cranberry

Glasses of Vodka Cranberry Cocktail Drink

This recipe is an incredibly simple recipe – involving vodka and cranberry juice for a perfect balance.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz vodka
  • 3oz not sweetened cranberry juice
  • 1tsp simple syrup

Instructions: In your glass with crushed ice, add vodka, cranberry juice, and syrup, then stir. Add the squeezed lime on top.

Serving: 1

7. Cape Cod Collins

Man Dinking Cape Cod Collins Cocktail

Savor this classic vodka and a sweet and tart cranberry combo – a light and refreshing cocktail drink. We suggest adding a small splash of cranberry sauce to make this recipe even more delicious.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Snowleopard
  • 2oz cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1tbsp cranberry sauce
  • lime wedge
  • 2-dash Peychauds bitters

Instructions: Mix Snowleopard, cranberry juice cocktail, and sauce in your bar shaker. After squeezing the wedge, pour the bitters and add ice.

Shake for around 30-45 seconds and strain into your cold cocktail glass.

Serving: 1

6. Cranberry Mule

Glasses of Cranberry Mule Cocktail Drink

This recipe is a refreshing and easy-to-make variation of the classic Moscow Mule – perfect as a winter o summer cocktail.

Prep/Total Time: 2 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Grey Goose
  • 2oz natural cranberry juice
  • 0.5oz lime juice
  • 3oz ginger beer

Instructions: Combine Grey Goose vodka, cranberry juice, and lime in your copper mug. Pour the ginger beer on top, and add ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries or lime wedges if you like.

Serving: 1

5. Madras

Woman Making Madras Cocktail Drink

The Madras – is one of the refreshing cranberry cocktails with sweet and tart flavors. It’s a delicious cocktail recipe and an easy drink.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 2oz cranberry juice, unsweetened
  • 1tsp syrup, simple or maple
  • 1.5oz orange juice

Instructions: In your serving glass, mix vodka, cranberry juice, and syrup. Stir and pour the orange juice. Squeeze lemon wedge on top and garnish the zest.

Serving: 1

4. Sex on the Beach

Man Making Sex on the Beach Cocktail

Want a fruity and sweet flavor? Then try this Sex on the Beach – a favorite recipe for cranberry cocktails.

Prep/Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 0.5oz peach schnapps
  • 2oz orange juice
  • 2oz cranberry juice cocktail

Instructions: Stir all the ingredients except cranberry juice into your ice-filled glass. Add the cranberry juice over and garnish it with cherries if desired.

Serving: 1

3. Woo Woo

Glass of Woo Woo Cocktail Drink Garnished with Lime

This cranberry cocktail is perfect if you like a good vodka-cranberry combo – enhanced by peach schnapps. The refreshing flavor and delicious taste shouldn’t be missed.

Prep/Total Time: 3 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz vodka
  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • 2oz cranberry juice

Instructions: In your highball glass full of ice, pour cranberry juice, vodka, and schnapps. Stir until cold and garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh cranberries if desired.

Serving: 1

2. Hurricane

Glass of Hurricane cocktail drink

The sweet flavor and tart hints in this cocktail recipe make it a favorite among drinkers – a perfect alternative to Whiskey Sour.

“Cranberry juice: the zesty elixir that transforms cocktails, infusing them with a tangy sweetness that tantalizes the senses.”

– Liquor Laboratory

Prep/Total Time: 2 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 3oz rum (light or dark)
  • 4oz sour mix
  • 4oz cranberry juice
  • 2oz lemon juice

Instructions: In your mixing glass with ice, add all the ingredients. Stir to mix and serve.

Serving: 2

1. Cape Codder

Glass of Cape Codder cocktail

The Cape Codder is a drink made with cranberries and vodka [1], often associated with coastal or nautical themes.

Prep/Total Time: 3 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • chilled cranberry juice
  • lemon wedge

Instructions: Pour vodka into your ice-filled highball glass. Add cranberry juice on top and gently stir to mix. Squeeze the wedge and serve.

Serving: 1

FAQs

What alcohol does cranberry juice go with?

Cranberry juice goes best with orange liqueur and alcoholic beverages like gin, vodka, red wine, and champagne [2] (which you can make Cranberry Mimosa and Poinsettia drink).

Is cranberry juice good to drink with alcohol?

Yes, cranberry juice is good to drink with alcohol, especially vodka and champagne. While mixing it with whiskey [3] is unusual, you can try drinking it with rum [4].

In A Nutshell

So here are the best cranberry cocktails you can try. These cranberry cocktail recipes are all unique – from a classic drink to a perfect fall cocktail to a modern-twisted cocktail drink, these can be made without many exotic ingredients.

Besides, you don’t have to wait for happy hour to come as you can make these drinks at home – but make sure to drink responsibly!

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vodka
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/champagne-alcoholic-beverage
  3. https://www.britannica.com/topic/whiskey
  4. https://www.britannica.com/topic/rum-liquor
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