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Whether it’s classic Christmas cocktails you’re looking for, or you’re just in the mood for a fruity vodka cocktail, this vodka cranberry cocktail has your name on it!

vodka cranberry cocktail

It’s that time of year again! Treats, eats and a month-long happy hour. Let the festivities begin!

I’m still VERY much enjoying my time here in Hawaii, but I would be remiss to say it feels like Christmas here. Probably if you grew up in a tropical place, you’d be used to the lack of snow during the holidays, but for me it just feels so odd. So, on that note, I am looking forward to joining in on all the Christmas fun when we get home, which – fingers crossed – should be tomorrow morning. I will most likely be a little worse for the wear after the upcoming overnight flight….!

Someone get me a drink!

This vodka cranberry cocktail came about when I committed to being a part of a holiday cocktail collaboration over on Instagram, starting tomorrow!

How do you make a vodka cranberry cocktail?

This drink is SO simple, you guys! You need 4 things:

  • cranberry juice
  • vodka (duh)
  • fresh lime
  • soda water or gingerale to top things off

Plus, you’ll want some ice for the glass.

The order in which you craft the cocktail isn’t all that specific, although I would recommend leaving the bubbly water for the end. I usually go cranberry juice, followed by vodka, then the lime, and then the bubbly. The amount of soda water you add is up to you. More for a tall glass with less concentrated flavor, or just a splash for a stronger, short glass.

If you’re feeling extra festive, throw some fresh or frozen cranberries in the drink too! It’s a beautiful way to add some natural color.

vodka cranberry cocktail

Can you make this vodka cranberry cocktail ahead of time?

You could certainly mix the vodka with the cranberry juice ahead of time, but since you’ll want the drink to remain carbonated, I would wait until serving to top it off with lime juice and soda water.

I actually served this cocktail to a small group recently, and I did just that.  I made a large batch of the vodka and cranberry juice ahead of time, then topped each person’s drink off with the bubbly water and a splash of lime as I served it! 

Do you have to use vodka?

Not necessarily, but I think the vodka is the perfect alcohol of choice when paired with cranberry juice. Usually, we buy Russian Standard Vodka since it’s a great price point for the quality of vodka!

If you wanted to use gin, I would recommend using a short glass and adding less soda water. You could absolutely try this with white rum, too!

Since it’s the holidays (yay) you might as well try this a few times just to make sure you get it right, don’t you think?

I know I’ll be looking forward to mixing one of these up as soon as we get back! I might need one, or two, to help me with the jet lag that’s coming my way. Is it just me, or is coming home always worse than going there!?

PS – it was my birthday yesterday. I celebrated with a cupcake made from a boxed cake mix. I will be correcting this gross oversight with a decadent cake this coming week, all for me!


vodka cranberry cocktail

vodka cranberry cocktail

I LOVE a fun cocktail this time of year. Check out my other cocktails on the blog. Maybe make one of each πŸ˜‰

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vodka cranberry cocktail

Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


Whether it’s classic Christmas cocktails you’re looking for, or you’re just in the mood for a fruity vodka cocktail, this vodka cranberry cocktail has your name on it!


  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 fresh lime (~2 tsp)
  • soda water or gingerale for topping
  • fresh cranberries, for decoration


  1. In either a short or tall glass, add a few cubes of ice, followed by the cranberry juice, vodka, and then lime juice. Top off your glass with soda water or gingerale, and throw a few fresh cranberries in for decoration. Serve immediately!

Make ahead:Β To make this ahead of time for a party, combine equal parts cranberry juice and vodka in a pitcher and store it in the fridge, for up to 1 day. When ready to serve, pour 4 oz of the picture into a, ice-filled glass, followed by the lime juice and bubbly.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: mix
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Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

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