Cranberry Martini Recipe

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Two bright red Cranberry Martinis with lime and fresh cranberries

We love this Cranberry Martini recipe for two important reasons – it looks very fancy and it’s very easy to make. After all, who doesn’t adore a showstopper drink that’s simple to shake up?  

So, if you are on the lookout for a festive drink to pretty up your tablescapes over the holidays, here is our tried and tested recipe for a Cranberry Martini that tastes as delicious as it looks.   



Try a citrus-flavored vodka for extra zest!


Sparkling rimming sugar makes for a very festive look


Blueberry juice takes this drink into an equally interesting flavor space



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

100% cranberry juice
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

lemon juice
1 teaspoon of simple syrup per drink
Fine sugar for the rim
To garnish, fresh cranberries and a lemon wedge



Rim the serving glass with sugar


Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until cold


Strain into the sugar-rimmed glass, garnish with cranberries and a lemon wedge, and serve

Unsweetened VS sweetened cranberry juice

Cranberry juice is a very interesting ingredient that adds a zingy bite of sweetness with a little bitter edge to any drink. Since this recipe already contains simple syrup, we like to use unsweetened cranberry juice because it’s purer and the color is more vibrant.  

However, if you have a sweet tooth, or only have sweetened cranberry juice at hand, feel free to use it, and only add half of the recommended simple syrup instead.  

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Sugar rim (how-to)

Adding a sugar rim is one way to up the ante on this Cranberry Vodka Martini recipe in one simple step. It’s also very easy to achieve. Add sugar to a saucer – we like using the super fine kind – and cut a notch in a lemon wedge.   

Run the lemon wedge around the rim of the glass and then tilt the glass and roll its outer rim in the sugar. The goal here is to only get the sugar on the outside of the glass so none of it drops into the drink itself.  

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More wonderfully red cocktails

Adore a red cocktail like this Christmas Cranberry Martini recipe? We do too! It’s a treat for the eye, as well as the palate. Here are a few other amber-hued drinks to try if you love looking at life through rose-tinted glasses:  

Negroni cocktail

The Negroni cocktail is a beautifully bittersweet, herbaceous cocktail with lingering dark fruit flavors after every sip. Featuring Campari and Cinzano Rosso vermouth, it’s smooth, yet vibrant, with a multi-layered bitter finish.  

Cosmopolitan cocktail

Combining citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, lime, cranberry juice, and an orange peel to garnish, the always popular Cosmopolitan is a refreshing drink that has a little citrusy sweetness balanced by the lovely sharpness of the lime.    

Blood Orange Vodka cocktail

Tangy cocktails with blood orange juice feel like a first-class upgrade from classic OJ and its pretty crimson color instantly ups the wow factor. The Blood Orange Vodka cocktail combines SKYY Blood Orange infused vodka, Grand Marnier, fresh blood orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup with a dash of orange bitters. Quite amazing! 

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A Vodka Cranberry is a simple cocktail that combines vodka and cranberry juice. However, there are variations on the theme that include the Cranberry Martini, which features Grand Marnier, lemon juice and simple syrup as further ingredients.

Yes, whiskey can be combined with cranberry for a lovely drink. The smooth, woody notes of a whiskey like Wild Turkey 101 and the sweetness from the cranberry juice make a great combo.