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5 Unusual Cranberry Cocktails To Try This Christmas

By: Risha Ganguly


This Christmas, break away from tradition and infuse your holiday celebrations with a burst of creativity by exploring the world of unusual cranberry cocktails. While cranberries are often associated with classic recipes, their tart and vibrant flavour can be the perfect canvas for inventive mixology. If you are the one to experiment and enjoy, come with us while we are uncovering five unusual cranberry cocktails that are sure to intrigue and delight you this festive season. From savoury infusions to unexpected pairings, these unique concoctions will add a dash of innovation to your Christmas drinks and make your holiday gatherings truly memorable. 

Cranberry Rosemary Sparkle:


Elevate your Christmas toast with the toast of the Cranberry Rosemary Sparkle. In a shaker, combine fresh cranberries, rosemary-infused simple syrup, gin, and a splash of sparkling water. Shake well and strain into a flute. The delicious, pretty and sophisticated cocktail has the tartness of cranberries and the herbal essence of rosemary, creating a festive drink that sparkles with holiday cheer. 

Smoky Cranberry Bourbon Fizz:

For a cocktail with a hint of mystery and warmth, try the Smoky Cranberry Bourbon Fizz. In a glass, muddle fresh cranberries with a touch of maple syrup, add bourbon, and stir gently. Fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of ginger beer. To add a smoky twist, finish by briefly smoking the glass with a smoking gun. You get a complex and layered cocktail that balances the sweetness of cranberries with the rich depth of bourbon and a touch of smokiness. 

Spiced Cranberry Paloma:

Put a spicy spin on a classic with the Spiced Cranberry Paloma. In a shaker, combine tequila, fresh lime juice, spiced cranberry syrup (made with cinnamon and cloves), and grapefruit soda. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed glass over ice. This unusual Paloma variation adds a festive kick to the traditional grapefruit flavours, creating a lively and interesting cocktail with a hint of seasonal spice. 


Cranberry Sage Martini: 

Infuse your Christmas cocktail hour with the beautiful elegance of the Cranberry Sage Martini. In a shaker, combine cranberry juice, vodka, and a sage-infused simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf for a visually appealing and fragrant touch. This unique martini combines the tartness of cranberries with the earthy and rustic notes of sage, resulting in a sophisticated sipper that's both unusual and delightful. 

Cranberry Cider Mule: 

Give the classic Moscow Mule a seasonal twist with the Cranberry Cider Mule. In a copper mug, combine vodka, cranberry juice, and spiced apple cider. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a few fresh cranberries. This unconventional Mule variation embraces the festive flavours of cranberries and apple cider, creating a refreshing and effervescent drink that's perfect for sipping by the holiday fireplace. 

This Christmas, step outside the ordinary and venture into the world of unusual cranberry cocktails and embrace the unexpected. Raise your glass to innovation, and toast to a season filled with unusual but utterly delightful cranberry libations. Cheers to a Christmas celebration that's as extraordinary as the cocktails you serve! 

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