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Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail

Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail: made with cranberry raspberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, add easy sugared cranberries as the perfect garnish.Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail: made with cranberry raspberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, add easy sugared cranberries as the perfect garnish.

This Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail with sugared cranberries is the perfect easy, festive cocktail to enjoy at Christmas.  Make a non-alcoholic version for non-drinkers or kids, and add some vodka for the adults.  The sugared cranberries take this drink to the next level, and they’re quite easy to make.  We love having a signature drink for a get together and these are sure to be a hit with all your guests.

I’m joining with some of my favourite bloggers to share some amazing festive drinks as party of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series.  Be sure to check out all the festive drink recipes at the end of this post.


I love a sweet fizzy drink, especially at Christmas and there’s nothing more festive than cranberries during the holidays. And I love the combination of cranberries and raspberries, since cranberry juice can have a slight bitterness at times, and the raspberries really add a little sweetness.  If you prefer though, you can also make this drink with just cranberry juice and ginger ale, or try any of the other cranberry juice combinations like cranberry apple juice, or cranberry strawberry juice/

Look for cranberry raspberry flavor cocktail or juice at the grocery store.  The cocktail will have sugar added and be sweeter than the pure juice.  You can use whichever you prefer.

We like ginger ale in this drink because it adds sweetness and flavor.  If you like a stronger ginger flavor you could also try using ginger beer instead.  If you prefer though, you could use club soda or soda water for a less sweet drink, or if using the cranberry raspberry cocktail drink which is a little sweeter than the juice.

cranberry raspberry cocktail recipe

Drink Garnish

The sugared cranberries are very easy to make and they’re the perfect combination of sweet and tart.  They’re a wonderful garnish for this festive cocktails.  A cinnamon stick makes a great stir stick for this drink during the holidays and adds natural flavors as well.

If you’re serving this as part of your summer cocktails, you might substitute the sugared cranberries for fresh raspberries and a fresh lime slice in the drink or on a skewer as garnish.

how to make sugared cranberries

Keep these simple ingredients on hand during the festive season and enjoy this easy cocktail all holiday season long.

cranberry raspberry cocktail

Yield: 1

Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail and Sugared Cranberries

Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail and Sugared Cranberries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours 1 second
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes 1 second


  • 1/3 cup cranberry raspberry juice or cocktail
  • 1/3 cup ginger ale
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup sugar -divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cranberries


    1. To make the sugared cranberries, combine 1/4 cup of sugar with a 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar is fully dissolved, and water has come to a simmer.
    2. Remove from the heat and add the fresh cranberries and stir. Let the cranberries sit in the sugar water for an hour and up to 8 hours.
    3. Drain the cranberries, and let them sit for 5 minutes, then roll the sticky cranberries in 1/4 cup sugar to coat them completely. Leave them spread out on a plate to dry slightly and set.
    4. To make the drink, fill a highball glass 1/3 full with cranberry raspberry juice or cocktail. Next, fill the glass another 1/3 with ginger ale. Lastly add 1 oz of vodka and ice to fill the glass.
    5. Skewer three sugared cranberries and add to the glass as a garnish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 706Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 132gFiber: 2gSugar: 127gProtein: 1g

Non-Alcohol Version

If you prefer a non-alcoholic version of this drink, simply leave out the vodka and enjoy.

cranberry raspberry cocktail with vodka

cranberry raspberry vodka cocktail with sugared cranberries

With a Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail to enjoy, life really is a party!

More Drink Inspiration

You might also like our Homemade Gingerbread Latte here.

Homemade Gingerbread Latte: Copycat gingerbread latte Starbucks recipe with an easy homemade gingerbread coffee syrup recipe.

Also check out Easy Blackberry Sparklers Mocktail recipe here.

Blackberry Sparklers: fresh blackberries are pureed for this cocktail, make it with alcoholic, or without for a non alcoholic mocktail version.


You might also enjoy our DIY Hot Chocolate Mix here.

DIY hot chocolate mix gift idea

More Ideas

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series! Today we are all sharing our holiday drink recipe ideas with you. Be sure to check out these fabulous recipes by clicking on the links below each image.

Low Carb Keto Homemade Eggnog at The Happy Housie

Cranberry Whisky Sour at Maison de Cinq

Bourbon Spritz Recipe at Place of My Taste

Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps at Craftberry Bush

Gingerbread Flavoured Coffee Syrup at The DIY Mommy

Christmas Morning Mimosas at This is Our Bliss

Ruby Red Grapefruit Punch at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Just Add Cinnamon Twist on Classic Hot Chocolate Mix at This is Simplicite

Christmas Sorbet Punch at Clean & Scentisible

Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail at Life is a Party

Blue Latte Recipe at Dans le Lakehouse

2 Step Mock Champagne Punch Recipe at Grace in My Space

Hot Chocolate Bar & Free Printables at the Handmade Home

Custom Soda Labels at Fynes Designs

Keto Sugar Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Tatertots & Jello

Deliciously Easy Holiday Eggnog at She Gave it a Go

Holiday Drink Recipe Ideas at Jennifer Maune

Homemade Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream at My Sweet Savannah

Sparkling Cranberry Cocktails at Finding Silver Pennies

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