The Cranberry Martini Is A Toast to Holiday Elegance

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Cheers to elegance and flavor with a Cranberry Martini recipe! A fusion of cranberry-infused vodka and cranberry juice, this vibrant Crantini is the ultimate cocktail for your holiday gatherings.

This sophisticated and fruity cocktail is perfect for any occasion, whether hosting a holiday dinner party or simply unwinding after a long day. Combining sweet, tangy cranberry juice and smooth vodka creates an irresistible, refreshing beverage.

The vibrant red color of the drink, which is also called a Crantini, certainly adds to its visual appeal. This martini makes a stunning centerpiece for any get-together but is especially appropriate as a holiday cocktail for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Looking for more holiday drink ideas? Try cranberry sangria, apple cider punch, and holiday eggnog.

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🍸Cranberry Martini Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Cranberry-infused vodka: More on this below.
  • Cranberry juice: Opt for a cranberry juice mix instead of unsweetened cranberry juice, or the martini will be a very tart drink.
  • Orange: To garnish.
  • Sparkling sugar: To make a sweet sugar rim.

🍹Cranberry Infused Vodka

You can buy cranberry-infused vodka at most liquor stores, especially around the holidays. Or you can make your own at home with minimal effort.

Here is a summary of the steps. See my post on cranberry-infused vodka for more details and some shortcuts.

  1. Pour vodka into a glass container, like a mason jar.
  2. Slightly crush 1 cup of fresh cranberries and add them to the jar.
  3. Seal the jar and let it sit for 3-7 days.
  4. Strain out the cranberries and enjoy your infused vodka.
A mason jar filled with pomegranate juice.
Infusing vodka

🥣How to Make a Cranberry Vodka Martini

  1. The first step is to create a sugar rim on your glass. Just wet the edge of the glass with an orange wedge or cranberry juice, then dip it into a dish of sugar.
  2. Pour your cranberry vodka and cranberry juice into the shaker. Add a generous scoop of ice and give it a good shake.
  3. Strain the mixture into your sugar-rimmed glass. Straining it ensures a smooth, ice-cold martini without pesky ice chunks.
  4. Finally, garnish your masterpiece with a slice of orange.
A person squeezing orange juice into a glass.
Wet the rim
A person slicing an orange on a cutting board.
Dip in sugar
A person pouring orange juice into a martini glass.
Add the spirits

🍴Serving Ideas

I love to garnish each glass with a wedge or orange. If it is Christmas, add a sprig of rosemary and a few sugared cranberries on a cocktail pick.

Serve this cranberry cocktail with items that complement or contrast the tart and slightly sweet flavor profile. Here are some pairing suggestions:

  • Cheese Platter: Choose for cheeses like goat, blue, or aged cheddar. Their creaminess and distinct flavors pair well with the tartness of the cranberry.
  • Crostini with Fig Spread: The sweetness of figs balances the tartness of the cranberry in the martini.
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés: The smokiness of salmon complements the crispness of the martini.
  • Shrimp: Lightly seasoned with herbs and lemon, shrimp is a delightful pairing.
  • Oysters on the Half Shell: The saltiness of oysters contrasts nicely with the sweet and tart cranberry flavors.
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon: The saltiness of prosciutto combined with the sweetness of melon complements the cocktail’s flavors.
  • Mini Lamb Chops: Seasoned with rosemary and garlic, these can offer a robust flavor to stand up to the martini.
  • Dark Chocolate Truffles: The bitterness of dark chocolate pairs well with the tartness of the cranberry.
A martini in a glass with a slice of orange.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Chill your martini glasses before making the drinks. A few minutes in the freezer do the trick. The frosty glass keeps the drink cool and gives you that authentic martini experience.
  • Use white cranberry juice to make a white cranberry martini for a different look.
  • Add a little sugar syrup if you want a less tart drink.

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Cranberry Martini Recipe

Published By Anne
Cheers to elegance and flavor with a Cranberry Martini recipe! A fusion of cranberry-infused vodka and cranberry juice, this vibrant Crantini is the ultimate cocktail for your holiday gatherings.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients
 

  • 3 ½ ounces cranberry vodka
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespooon sparkling sugar to decorate the rim
  • ice cubes
  • Orange to garnish

Instructions

  • Wet the rim of the glass with a bit of water or cranberry juice, then dip it into a dish of sugar.
    1 tablespooon sparkling sugar
  • Put the cranberry vodka and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
    3 ½ ounces cranberry vodka, ½ ounce cranberry juice, ice cubes
  • Shake and strain into the martini glass.
    Orange to garnish

Notes

  • Add a little sugar syrup for a less tart drink.
  • Cranberry-infused vodka can be found at most liquor stores. Or save some money and learn how to make your own cranberry-infused vodka.
  • Chill your Martini glasses before making the drinks. A few minutes in the freezer do the trick. The frosty glass keeps the drink cool and gives you that authentic martini experience.
  • Use white cranberry juice to make a white cranberry martini for a different look.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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