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Frosted Cranberry Cocktail: Christmas Cocktail Ideas

A holiday inspired drink with a cranberry twist! Try adding frosted cranberries for a sweet upgrade to a vodka cranberry cocktail! This post will help inspire you to find Christmas cocktail ideas!

One of the first drinks I ordered when I was 21 was a vodka cranberry. It became something easy that I could order when I was out since I had NO idea what drinks were good. It’s a classic, and it is still my go-to when I can’t find a good beer to drink. Add a splash of pineapple and we are in business! But, that’s another cocktail for another day.

This frosted cranberry cocktail combines sugary cranberries paired with vodka and cranberry juice. I think it would be a fun idea for a brunch cocktail instead of a mimosa (or serve both!). Let’s get stirrin’!

How to Sugar Cranberries

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a shallow pan, add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water. Heat over medium heat, until mixture simmers and sugar is heated and dissolved.

Remove from the heat, add cranberries. Stir to coat cranberries. Use a slotted spoon to drain the excess sugar mixture off the cranberries, and layer them evenly on the parchment paper.

Give the cranberries an hour or so to dry. Once dry, in a medium-sized bowl, add remaining 1 ½ cups of sugar. Add a spoonful of cranberries at a time, tossing them in the sugar.

Using a slotted spoon again, sift them from the sugar and put them onto a fresh sheet of parchment paper.

To start making your cocktail, add ice and cranberries to a tall glass.

Add vodka and cranberry juice, and give the drink a gentle stir. Garnish with sugared cranberries.

Frosted Cranberry Cocktail

Frosted Cranberry Cocktail

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A sweet upgrade to a vodka cranberry cocktail!

Ingredients

Sugared Cranberries

  • 12 oz. package of cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water

Cocktails

  • ½ cup sugared cranberries (you can use regular or the sugared inside the drink, too)
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • ¾ cup cranberry juice
  • Sugared cranberries for garnish
  • Handful of ice

Instructions

Cranberries:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a shallow pan, add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water.
  3. Heat over medium heat, until mixture simmers and sugar is heated and dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat, add cranberries.
  5. Stir to coat cranberries. Use a slotted spoon to drain the excess sugar mixture off the cranberries, and layer them evenly on the parchment paper.
  6. Give the cranberries an hour or so to dry.
  7. Once dry, in a medium-sized bowl, add remaining 1 ½ cups of sugar.
  8. Add a spoonful of cranberries at a time, tossing them in the sugar.
  9. Using a slotted spoon again, sift them from the sugar and put them onto a fresh sheet of parchment paper.

Cocktail:

  1. Add ice and cranberries to your glass.
  2. Add vodka and cranberry juice, and give the drink a gentle stir.
  3. Garnish with sugared cranberries.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 991Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 243gFiber: 10gSugar: 220gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Brunch Party Serving Inspiration

Need another cocktail idea? Try this cranberry mimosa, a pineapple mimosa, or even my caramel apple mimosa!

Don’t miss this cranberry cinnamon mimosa for another wintery Christmas cocktail!

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