Skip to Content

Cranberry Christmas Cocktail

This Cranberry Christmas Cocktail is a delicious drink you can really enjoy during the festive, holiday season. Made with Vodka, Cranberry Gingerale and hints of rosemary, this really brings out a fun Christmas feel while you’re sippin’ on it.

Enjoy sippin’ on a Cranberry Christmas Cocktail while wrapping presents, relaxing by the fire or enjoying your Christmas lights display.

This Cranberry Vodka Rosemary Cocktail is super easy to make and can be customized quickly.

Even more fun, this holiday season, you could make a big batch of this and give Rosemary Cranberry Cocktails as gifts to friends and family of legal drinking age. (Drink responsibly)

The post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Ingredients needed to make Christmas cocktail- rosemary, cranberries, lime, cranberry vodka and cranberry gingerale.

Ingredients To Have On Hand

  • Cranberry Ginger Ale – you can use regular vodka if both gingerale and vodka together are too much
  • Cranberry Vodka – use your favorite brand
  • Ice Cubes
  • Rosemary
  • Lime Slices
  • Cranberries– for garnish

Tools Needed

Mason Jar for Serving

Ball Glass 389579 Pint Regular Mouth Mason, 2 Count (Pack of 1), Clear
  • 2-Regular Mouth glass preserving Mason Jar. 2-Regular Mouth Lids. 2-Regular Mouth Bands.

Shot Glass for measuring (or you can pour until you’re happy)

True Classic Shot Glass, Standard Shot Glass, Dishwasher Safe, Cocktail Measuring Glass, Clear Glass, 1.5 Oz Set of 1
  • CLASSIC SHOT GLASS - The king of all barware essentials. Every good cocktail starts with proper measurements, and this clear glass shot glass will ensure that you nail your ratios and mix up delicious beverages every time.

How To Make A Cranberry Christmas Cocktail

Here are the instructions on making your drink, for more info on ingredients, see the recipe card below.

  1. Add ice to your Mason Jar and toss in your lime slice.
  2. Add a shot of Cranberry Vodka and fill the rest of your jar with Cranberry Gingerale.
  3. Add sprig of rosemary and another lime if desired and enjoy.
Ingredients to make your Christmas Cocktail - Rosemary, Cranberries, Cranberry vodka and Cranberry Gingerale.
Pouring cranberry vodka into cocktail glass.

Variations and Tips

Add more lime– If you really enjoy lime, feel free to add another squeezed slice or two to your drink.

Add sprite– for another Vodka Cranberry Spritzer variation, cut back a bit on the gingerale and add sprite instead. Or omit the ginger ale altogether and swap it out for Sprite instead. This will really bring out the lime slice you added.

Let your rosemary soak– if you are a big rosemary fan, let your rosemary sprig soak in the cranberry vodka or ginger ale for a bit before making this drink to bring out more of the rosemary flavor.

Add fresh cranberries– You can add fresh cranberries to your drink, or even use frozen cranberries as your ice cubes. And if you’re really in the cranberry mood, trade the gingerale out for blended fresh or frozen cranberries (made like a slushie with water, sprite or gingerale added to help make it the right consistency).

  • If making this drink with added cranberries, if you soak them or blend them into the drink it will help extract more flavor of the berries.
  • Muddle your lime before adding in any of the other ingredients for more lime juice flavor.
Container of Cranberry Ginger ale, cranberry vodka, bowl of cranberries, sprigs of rosemary and jar of Christmas Cranberry Vodka Cocktail.

Can You Make This Without Alcohol?

Sure you! If you’re looking to make a kid-friendly version or Cranberry Christmas Mocktail, we suggest omitting the vodka and enjoying the drink as is. You can also substitute the gingerale for Cranberry Sprite if your guests would prefer that flavor as well.

If you’re looking for another mocktail drink recipe, we suggest checking out our Winter Wonderland Mocktail. We made it during the Thanksgiving holiday time and both kids and adults raved over it!

Can You Use A Different Spirit?

Absolutely! If vodka isn’t your preference, you can use whatever spirit you have on hand. We’ve never tried it, but other readers have shared that tequila was a huge hit with this drink, especially with the lime slices.

Others have shared they enjoyed this with a light or white rum as well.

Can I Skip The Rosemary?

Sure thing. If you aren’t a huge rosemary fan, feel free to omit it.

Christmas Cocktail in a jar with container of cranberry juice and other ingredients surrounding it.

Can This Be Made Ahead Of Time?

It can! Just be careful of when you add the ice cubes as they’ll melt. But if you wanted to make a big batch in a Half Gallon Mason Jar and then serve from that later you could. Just omit ice and increase your ingredients as necesary.

Pour ice cubes into individual jars that you’re serving drinks in to keep everyone’s cocktails nice and chilly.

You may find that making this ahead of time brings out even more flavors. Give it a try when you have a chance.

Other Recipes

Looking for some more holiday cocktails and drinks?!?! We have so many coming your way.

Check out our Christmas Sangria (exploding on the internet right now!), Homemade DIY Eggnog, a Hot Eggnog Latte (don’t be sad that Starbucks discontinued it), Pineapple Screwdriver, Grinch Cocktail (coming soon), Grinch Frappuccino (coming soon), Cranberry Bourbon Slushie (coming soon), and more.

We have so many Mason Jar Holiday Drinks headed your way!

Jar of Cocktail with cranberries, rosemary, container of cranberry gingerale and cranberry vodka.

Cranberry Christmas Cocktail

Mason Jar Recipe
This easy festive Christmas Cranberry Cocktail only needs a few ingredients and minutes of time before you're sippin' on the perfect holiday drink. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • 8+ oz Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • 1 shot Cranberry Vodka
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 Lime Sliced


  • Add ice to your Mason Jar and toss in your lime slice.
  • Add a shot of Cranberry Vodka and fill the rest of your jar with Cranberry Ginger ale.
  • Add sprig of rosemary, cranberries, and another lime if desired and enjoy.
Keyword Christmas Cranberry Cocktail
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to keep up with all our new recipes. Tag us if you make the recipe on IG or share your thoughts by commenting on the pin on Pinterest.

Keep On Sippin’ On Something Sweet

Pin It For Later

PIN IMAGE FOR this cocktail, jar with christmas cranberry cocktail, bowl of cranberries and text that says Super Simple delicious christmas cranberry cocktail.

Sharing is caring!

Recipe Rating