Mistletoe Martini

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Mistletoe Martinis with sugared rim and cranberry garnish

If you’re looking for a drink that just looks like Christmas, then you will love the Mistletoe Martini. The festive drink is an indulgent fruity Martini, with a vodka base and delicious notes of cranberry and elderflower added to the mix. Serve it with your best holiday dishes and watch the magic happen. 



This recipe is easy to batch-up for fuss-free festive entertainment.


Replace the mint garnish with festive rosemary for a special touch.


Frozen cranberries are wonderful for extra coolness to your drink.



1 Person

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Elderflower liqueur
45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

Cranberry juice
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Sugar syrup
Cranberries to garnish
Fresh mint or rosemary to garnish



Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker


Shake vigorously for around 30 seconds 


Strain into chilled glasses 


Garnish with cranberries and mint or rosemary

The best Mistletoe Martini recipe ever

This simple Christmas cranberry cocktail only needs vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and sugar syrup. Making it is a (wintery) breeze and drinking it is ever more pleasant.  

History of the Mistletoe Martini

The Mistletoe Martini gives a festive outfit to the classic Cosmopolitan, enhancing the wintery flavours with extra cranberry and mint. It’s one of many fruity Martini variations, and its history is a little muddled.   

While we’re not sure who invented the Mistletoe Martini, we know that everyone loves it, including discerning mixologists who have given this holiday sipper their own signature twists. One example is Granite City’s Mistletoe Martini recipe which is made up of fruit-infused vodka, raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon sour, and Champagne. 


The Mistletoe Martini is just one of many festive martinis that you can serve at your holiday parties. Here are some tasty variations to try.  

Peppermint Martini

The combination of chocolate and mint is a classic match, and it comes together beautifully in a Peppermint Martini. This velvety cocktail combines vodka, peppermint schnapps, crème de cacao, and heavy cream for the ultimate treat with fresh notes of mint. Garnished with a crushed peppermint candy rim, this festive cocktail will be the cherry on top of your holiday cheer. 

Cranberry Martini

The Cranberry Martini is a deliciously festive fuss-free drink to shake up when you have to serve a crowd. Featuring vodka, cranberry juice, Grand Marnier, and lime juice, it brims with all the seasonal flavours we’ve come to love during Christmas.   

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Eggnog Martini

It wouldn’t be Christmas without eggnog, and this modern Eggnog Martini recipe is a decadent dessert cocktail that everyone will love. The best part? You don’t have to make your own eggnog, but can use a good quality store-bought eggnog instead. Your secret is safe with us.  

Pineapple Martini

If you’re dreaming about summer during the cold winter holidays, then the Pineapple Martini should lift your spirits. Made with vodka, fresh pineapple juice and a squeeze of lime, it’s a tropical festive drink that will surprise your guests, and will tame those cravings for a beach holiday.  

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Make the Mistletoe Martini for a crowd

Making your Mistletoe Martini ahead of time is easy. It saves you a lot of hassle, especially if you’re caught in the kitchen when your guests arrive. Our tip is to calculate how many drinks you’ll need to serve and multiply that by the quantities provided. Once you’ve done the math, mix all the ingredients in a large pitcher (without any ice) and let it chill in the fridge. When it’s time to serve, shake your martinis individually in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Simple, refreshing, and oozing with Christmas spirit. 

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When to serve

Mistletoe Martinis are a festive spin on Cosmopolitans, so you should definitely include them on your Christmas cocktail party menu. We suggest pairing your Mistletoe Martinis with festive roasts and savoury snacks or serving them as your signature welcome drink this holiday.    

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Hanging up mistletoe dates back to the Druids, who thought it brought good luck and had healing properties. Today, hanging mistletoe in your house during Christmas symbolises vitality, fertility, and romance. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is said to have originated in England in the 1700s and became a popular Christmas custom after it was illustrated in “A Christmas Carol” published in 1843. The rest, as they say, is history.