Easy Cranberry Martini Recipe – Mistletoe Magic

This Christmas, I’m steering clear of the usual suspects like Eggnog (Posset) and the spicy Gingerbread Martini. I’m craving something different, something vivid, something that captures the essence of the holiday season in a fresh way, much like mistletoe does. And that’s why I’ve decided to go for the Cranberry Martini.

A Cranberry Martini for winter
Mistletoe Martini Cranberry Christmas cocktail

This cranberry cocktail drink is a delightful variation of the Classic Martini, known for its vibrant red hue and tart, fruity flavor. This cocktail offers a perfect balance between the crispness of a traditional Martini and the sweet and tangy notes of cranberries. In some places, the drink is called Cranberry Mistletoe Martini.

So, there you have it – my new holiday tradition, my Cranberry Martini. It’s not just a cranberry cocktail for Christmas; it’s a sip of joy, a taste of togetherness, and a reminder of the warmth that the holiday season brings. Here is how to make Cranberry Martini:

A cranberry vodka martini for winter

Cranberry Martini

A perfect drink for festive occasions
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 165 kcal


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice you can use cranberry juice cocktail instead
  • 0.5 oz orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh cranberries and a twist of lime peel for garnish optional


  • Start by chilling a martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes. A cold glass keeps your martini crisp and refreshing.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.
  • Secure the shaker's lid tightly and shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only chills the martini but also combines the flavors.
  • Remove the chilled martini glass from the freezer and strain the cocktail into it. Use a cocktail strainer or a fine-mesh strainer to catch any ice shards or pulp from the lime juice.
  • If desired, garnish your cranberry Martini with a few fresh cranberries and a twist of lime peel. This adds a delightful visual touch and a hint of citrus aroma.
  • Your Cranberry Martini is ready to be enjoyed.


  • Adjust the cranberry juice to your taste; more cranberry juice for a fruitier and less strong martini, less for a drier martini.
  • To control the sweetness, you can also add simple syrup if desired. Start with a small amount and adjust to your liking.
  • For a festive touch, you can rim the martini glass with sugar before pouring in the cocktail.
Keyword alcohol, Christmas, cocktail, holiday, martini

If you don’t like the basic Cranberry Martini recipe, you can try its other versions. These variations use different spirits like gin or rum, various fruit juices for added complexity, and unique garnishes such as fresh herbs or spices. Whether you prefer a sweeter, fruit-forward rendition or a drier, more traditional approach, cranberry martinis can be tailored to suit your taste.

Cranberry Cosmopolitan recipe: Add a touch of elegance to your Cranberry Martini by using cranberry-flavored vodka and substituting the triple sec with cranberry liqueur. This variation is a twist on the classic Cosmopolitan.

Cranberry Orange cocktail: Infuse your martini with citrusy goodness by replacing the lime juice with orange juice. It’s a zesty alternative that balances the cranberry’s tartness with a sweet, orangey twist.

A glass of cranberry orange martini
Cranberry cocktail for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Cranberry Apple Martini: Combine the flavors of fall by mixing cranberry juice with apple-flavored vodka. This variation offers a wonderful blend of sweet and tart notes, perfect for autumn gatherings.

Frozen Cranberry Martini: Blend the ingredients with ice to create a frozen version of the cranberry cocktail recipe. It’s a frosty and refreshing alternative for warm summer days.

Cranberry Spiced Martini: Elevate your Cranberry Martini with a dash of holiday spices like cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg. You can either muddle the spices with a cocktail shaker or use spiced cranberry juice for added warmth and complexity.

Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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