'Tis the Season for Fresh Cranberry Cocktails: Enjoy the New Year With These 6 Tasty Concoctions

Ruby-red cranberries have a way of livening up the holidays, especially in that sweet spot between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Luckily, they are plentiful all season, which means that clever mixologists have time to discover new ways to harness their amazing color and tart flavor. It’s easy to overlook just how delicious fresh pressed and unsweetened cranberry juice can taste in a cocktail (especially those that utilize gin, vodka, tequila and rye), but you should really try it when mixing these recipes instead of turning to bottled versions. 

‘Tis the Spritzer

Created by Cody Goldstein, founder of Muddling Memories and Head Bartender at Upholstery Store: Food and Wine in New York City.


  • 2 parts Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila
  • 1 part blood orange juice
  • 1/2 part Aperol
  • 1/2 part fresh cranberry juice
  • Champagne or sparkling wine to fill
  • Cranberries to garnish


Add all the ingredients into a shaker and fill with a handful of ice. Shake for five seconds. Strain into a Collins glass. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a few cranberries.

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