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

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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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Pucker Up


  • 1 1/2 parts Ménage à Trois Citrus Vodka
  • 3/4 part lemon juice
  • 3/4 part tart cranberry jam


In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.

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Mayflower Mule

Botanical-rich gin and tart cranberry dress up the standard Moscow Mule for the holidays.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces ginger beer (try the deliciously spicy Fever Tree Ginger Beer)


In a pint glass, add gin, juices and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fine strain into an ice-filled double rocks glass. Top with ginger beer (not ginger ale, which is too sweet). Garnish with a speared lime wedge and two cranberries.

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Pama Cosmo

This festive twist on the classic Cosmopolitan features flavorful pomegranate.


  • 1 1/2 ounces PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 1/2 lime for fresh pressed juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime curl.

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Angel Spit


  • 2 ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce white cranberry juice


In a pint glass, add spirits and mixers. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Finely strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a rose petal.

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Karlsson’s Winter Punch


  • 750 ml bottle of Karlsson's Gold Vodka       
  • 5 ounces pomegranate juice              
  • 9 ounces cranberry juice      
  • 9 ounces Aperol       
  • 4 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)              
  • 3 star anise       
  • 5 cloves              
  • 4 allspice berries             
  • 3 cinnamon sticks           
  • 2 ounces orange peel            


Toast spices and set aside. Bring cranberry juice to a simmer. Tie the spices and orange peel in cheesecloth and add them to the cranberry juice. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the spice sachet and add the other liquid ingredients. Serve warm or chilled with orange wheels as a garnish.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is a longtime Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, and luxury goods and experiences. She is Editor at Large for The Awesomer, Rides & Drives, Pursuitist, 95 Octane, and Technabob, and reports for Atlas Obscura, Connect, The Daily Meal, Lonely Planet, Prevue, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler Guestbook, Where Traveler Magazine, Baltimore Su...(Read More)

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