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Cranberry Cocktail Recipes

  • 12 Best Cranberry Cocktail Recipes

Cranberry juice makes brilliant and tasty drinks! Here all the best cranberry cocktail recipes, from Cosmos to Madras to the laid-back Sea Breeze.

Cranberry cocktail recipes
Looking for stunning and refreshing cocktail recipes? Grab a bottle of cranberry juice! This bright red juice makes some of the best mixed drinks out there. They’re vibrant in color and sweet tart in flavor. There’s everything from the sophisticated bright pink Cosmopolitan cocktail, to the laid-back Sea Breeze, to the no-frills Vodka Cranberry. Here’s a list of our very favorite cranberry cocktail recipes! But first: a few notes on the type of cranberry juice to use!

Cranberry juice vs cranberry juice cocktail

While most traditional versions of a vodka cranberry use sweetened cranberry juice, all of these cranberry cocktail recipes use 100% cranberry juice! What’s the difference:

  • Kirkland Cranberry juice is unsweetened. It tastes tart and is labeled as “100% juice”.
  • Cranberry juice cocktail is sweetened, often with added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup. Most traditional versions of cranberry cocktail recipes use this; even if they specify “cranberry juice” in the recipe, it often means cranberry juice cocktail.

These cranberry cocktail recipes use unsweetened juice!

If most cranberry cocktails use the sweetened version of cranberry juice, why use the tart unsweetened juice here?

  1. It has less sugar. Use 100% juice and the drink has less sugar overall.
  2. You can customize the sweetness. To balance the flavor, you can add back sweetness with maple syrup.
  3. Makes naturally sweet drinks (no refined sugar added). 
  4. The color is brighter. The color is bright pink because 100% juice has a deeper color.
Cosmopolitan cocktail

Easy Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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What’s in a cosmopolitan cocktail? It’s easier to make than you think! This vibrant pink drink is perfect for celebrations of all kinds.


  • 2 tablespoons vodka (or citron vodka)*
  • 2 tablespoons 100% cranberry juice (do not use sweetened!)
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • For the garnish: lime wheel


  1. Place the vodka, cranberry juice, cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a martini glass.
  2. Squeeze with the lime wedge and serve, garnished with a lime wheel if desired. 


*If you have it, use citron vodka for the most authentic Cosmo: in this case you can omit the lemon juice. In our tests we found it was just as tasty to use standard vodka with lemon juice, so you don’t have to buy another type of vodka.