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Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

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A simple vodka cranberry cocktail perfectly balanced to quench your thirst for a sweet, yet tart beverage. Vodka blended with a simple syrup, cranberry juice and a touch of lime is all you need.

If you live in the United States, then Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Let’s face it, after all that cooking and hard work, you’re going to need drink. Why not mix up a cocktail that celebrates the festive season?

Cranberries are still in season and make the perfect garnish for this vodka cranberry cocktail. This recipe creates a tart drink, so if you like your adult beverages a little on the sweet side, then I recommend increasing the amount of simple syrup.

Now that my little disclaimer has been made we can get down to business. This easy cocktail only has four ingredients and can be mixed in a matter of seconds.

Best of all, I added a little shortcut to making a rustic simple syrup. The hardest part of the recipe is juicing the lime.

A word of caution on the lime juice, please try to use fresh because the concentrated stuff can overpower the sweetness of the cranberries and the syrup.

Two stemless wine glasses filled with our vodka cranberry cocktail garnished with fresh cranberries.

How to Make an Easy Simple Syrup:

First, in a sealed container combine the powdered sugar and hot tap water. This isn’t the traditional way, but hey, it works.

Last, seal the container and shake it vigorously. The hot water should dissolve the powdered sugar.

Alternately, you can heat the water on your stove in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar as it begins to steam.

A large photo of the vodka cranberry cocktail ingredients like simple syrup, lime juice, and vodka.

How to Make a Vodka Cranberry Cocktail:

First, juice the lime or use store bought lime juice. However, the store bought stuff is a concentrate so use just a dash of it in place of the fresh stuff.

Next, add ice to your shaker. You’ll only want to put a few cubes in their to chill the drink as it mixes.

Also, go ahead and fill your glass about half-full of ice.

A close-up picture of the drinks surrounded by fresh limes and cranberries.

Then, pour the cranberry juice, vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice into your shaker and seal the lid.

Last, shake the cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients. Once your tart drink is mixed, pour the vodka cranberry cocktail into a 6-ounce cocktail glass and serve.

One final picture of the cocktails in glasses filled with ice and placed on a white table setting.


  • You can add about .5-ounce of Triple-Sec to the drink or use a citrus flavored vodka to create another layer of flavor.
  • For a sugar-free alternative, try using sugar-free cranberry juice and agave nectar or Stevia in place of the simple syrup.
  • If you don’t have a shaker cup(s), no worries, simply start with a glass with ice in it then layer the following ingredients in this order; cranberry juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and vodka. Use a spoon and give the cocktail a quick stir. It’s not exactly the same, but it works nonetheless.

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A close-up picture of the drinks surrounded by fresh limes and cranberries.

Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A simple vodka cranberry cocktail perfectly balanced to quench your thirst for a sweet, yet tart beverage. Vodka blended with a simple syrup, cranberry juice and a touch of lime is all you need.


Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar


  • 3 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice, (juice from 1/2 medium lime)


Simple Syrup

  1. In a sealable container, combine water and powdered sugar. Whisk or seal container and shake, until sugar has dissolved and set aside. 

Mixing the Cocktail

  1. First, juice a half of medium lime and set aside. 
  2. Next, in a cocktail shaker combine cranberry juice, vodka, simple syrup and lime juice. 
  3. Then, shake the mixer vigorously for approximately ten seconds. 
  4. Last, pour the drink into a 6-ounce glass and garnish it with a lime wedge or fresh cranberries.


Hot water from your kitchen water spigot should be warm enough to dissolve the powdered sugar in the simple syrup. The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one cocktail. Actual calories may vary.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 82gSugar: 80g

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Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Someone said Vodka so we came running! ;) Love the photos ❤️


Thursday 18th of January 2018

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed the post. :)

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