Serve this holiday cranberry spritzer all season long. It’s festive, refreshing and perfect for entertaining.
This post, for holiday cranberry spritzer, is sponsored by Stirrings All Natural Cocktail Mixers and I received a complimentary product to create a holiday cocktail. This post may contain affiliate links.
Being in the wine and spirit business for 20+ years, I always love creating cocktails for special occasions. When my husband and I entertain we love to offer our guests something special to drink.
I used the Stirrings blood orange martini mixer because I thought it would pair deliciously with a cranberry vodka. Well, I was spot on!
Not only does it look pretty, but it is a fresh and delicious cocktail. I rimmed the glass with Stirrings Margarita Salt for sme interest. I made one for both myself and my husband and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do too! Plus it’s fun to have a “signature” cocktail for parties.
How to make a great cocktail
There are some key elements to making a great cocktail. Flavor is first. Think of flavor combinations you love. Cranberry and orange make a great blend so think about how you can achieve a balanced drink.
Rather than making the cocktail too sweet with juice and soda I chose a cranberry vodka. The blood orange mixer and Sprite add contrast and a bit of sweetness with the tart cranberry vodka.
Another key element to making a great drink is good ingredients. If you plan to use a simple syrup, make your own. Think about infusing it with a fruit for another layer of flavor.
Garnish your drink. A simple garnish of fresh cranberries skewered on a sprig of rosemary makes for a festive addition to the cocktail. You could also freeze cranberries in ice cubes for a great look.
Another festive cocktail is my cherry lime margarita. Many think margaritas are only for summer but the color makes this on eperfect for holiday entertaining too.
- 2 ounces cranberry vodka
- 2 ounces Stirrings Blood Orange Mixer, plus more in a dish for rimming
- 2 ounces Sprite
- Stirrings Margarita Salt
- 3 fresh cranberries
- ½ sprig rosemary
- Dip rim of rocks glass in Stirrings blood orange mixer. Dip rim of glass in Stirrings margarita salt and fill glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, filled with ice mix all ingredients except margarita salt. Gently shake and strain into prepared glass. Skewer fresh cranberries with a rosemary spring as garnish.