These easy, pretty-in-pink Sparkling Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktails are the perfect holiday drink for any occasion from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve!
Now that bags of cranberries are all over the grocery stores, my thoughts can’t help but turn to the holidays and ALL.THE.THINGS that need to be done. From cooking to baking to shopping, the to-do list never seems to get any shorter.
Cause for anxiety? Maybe a little. But cranberry season also paves the way for the holidays, and I can think of no more festive way to toast the season than with a glass (or two) of these perfectly pink Sparkling Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktails!
Do you have a signature holiday cocktail? Maybe this Christmas gin cocktail can be yours! With only five ingredients, this gin and cranberry drink recipe comes together in a snap:
- Cranberry juice (sweetened)
- Simple syrup (Follow our post for how to make simple syrup at home!)
- Fresh lime juice
- Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
It takes just a minute to make this cocktail!
- Add gin, cranberry juice, simple syrup and fresh lime juice to a low ball glass filled with ice. Gently stir to combine.
- Top with sparkling wine. Give it another stir. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime wedges, if desired.
Batch cocktail tips
Hosting a crowd and don’t want to play bartender all evening? Batch cocktails to the rescue! Follow these easy tips for batching your favorite drink:
- Do the math to figure out the proper proportions. For the most part, batching cocktails is a numbers game. So make sure you multiply the single cocktail recipe by the number of drinks you think you’ll need. The closer you stay to the original recipe’s proportions, the more balanced the batched cocktails will be.
- Make sure your ingredients are well chilled before combining them. No one likes a room temperature cocktail, so you have two options here: you can either make this cocktail earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge or you can thoroughly chill all the ingredients individually and mix just before guests arrive. Place the pitcher in an ice bath, if possible, so it stays cool throughout the evening.
- Have lots of ice. On the topic of keeping things well-chilled, nearly every cocktail needs water, whether it’s in the form of ice cubes in a glass or diluted in a shaker filled with ice. To avoid having too much ice melting into your pitcher of batched cocktail and over diluting it, set out an insulated ice bucket with plenty of ice for guests to add to their glasses individually.
- Add anything with bubbles (sparkling wine, in this case) just before guests arrive. Or - better yet - leave the bubbles on the table for guests to add themselves.
Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, is often my go-to for any cocktail that calls for bubbles. (This Elderflower French 75 and Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktails are great examples.) But you can also swap in Cava, a Spanish version of bubbles, or an American sparkling wine, too.
No need to break the bank here. Save that fancy-schmancy bottle of Champagne for when you win the lottery or get the big promotion. You can typically get a decent bottle of sparkling wine for cocktails for around $10.
No, it doesn't, but here’s an interesting thing we noticed when making (and remaking) this cocktail: the type of cranberry juice makes a distinct difference in the color of the drink.
The cocktails that are paler in color (almost look like grapefruit juice) were made with 100% organic cranberry juice. The pinker, more vibrant color in some of the images comes from using conventional cranberry juice cocktail.
Is there a taste difference? Nope, not that my unsophisticated palate can detect, but there is definitely a visual difference, so the choice comes down to personal preference.
Also important to note is that this recipe calls for sweetened cranberry juice. You may find some organic cranberry juices that are unsweetened but you definitely need the sweetened version here to keep this drink balanced. (Otherwise prepare yourself for a pucker face after your first sip.)
More cranberry cocktails
- Cranberry drinks don't get more classic than a traditional Cosmo Recipe.
- Hosting a crowd? Make a batch of this Cranberry Vodka Christmas Punch. It's great for a group!
- The house will smell heavenly when you make a batch of this Cranberry Mulled Ale!
- These easy Prosecco Cocktails made with cranberry juice and orange liqueur are a tasty way to kick off your holiday brunch.
- Cranberries add a seasonal spin to this Whiskey Sour recipe - another great make-ahead party cocktail.
- Fresh cranberries and limes make this Vodka Gimlet recipe extra festive.
- No holiday party is complete without a Cranberry Martini. This one has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Sparkling Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktails
- 2 ounces gin
- 2 ounces sweetened cranberry juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ ounces Prosecco
- Add gin, juices and simple syrup to a low ball glass filled with ice. Stir gently.
- Top with sparkling wine. Stir again. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime wedges, if desired.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
These festive Sparkling Cranberry Gin Christmas Cocktails are one of our favorite drinks made with cranberry juice and a beautiful way to toast the holiday season!