Cocktails

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail

Looking for a festive way to cheers this holiday season? This Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail mixes gin and cranberry juice with a dash of simple syrup and lime, topped off with prosecco (or champagne, if you wish!)

Simple to make and absolutely delicious – this Christmas cocktail with gin is sure to brighten your holidays with just one sip! ‘Tis the season for festive cocktails like a French Gimlet or Chocolate Martini.

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Christmas cocktail with gin sitting on top of a red placemat. A bottle of prosecco, cranberries, and holiday decorations are behind the drink.

Why You’ll Love this Cranberry Gin Cocktail

This merry and bright Christmas drink with gin is festive, refreshing, and bubbly! The beautiful red color, fresh flavors of citrus and cranberry in addition to the bubbles on top of this prosecco gin cocktail call for celebration!

Of course, you can drink cranberry gin cocktails all year round, but this red cocktail is especially festive to drink in December. I love to sip on this Christmas gin cocktail while decorating the tree and watching holiday movies! Plus, it’s a fun Christmas drink to serve at holiday parties!

Red Cocktail in a cocktail glass on top of a red placemat. A bottle of prosecco and Christmas decorations are in the background.

Ingredients Needed:

Gin is floral, herbaceous, and pairs perfectly with tart cranberry juice. Add in citrus, sweetness, and bubbles and you have a cheerful champagne Christmas cocktail.

  • Gin – My favorite gin to use is Beefeater.
  • Cranberry juice – This recipe was created with 100% pure cranberry juice. If you use cranberry juice cocktail, you don’t need to add the extra sweetness of the simple syrup.
  • Simple syrup – a liquid sweetener. You can buy simple syrup in the store or easily make your own by dissolving one cup of sugar in one cup of hot water on the stove. Add fresh cranberries for a cranberry simple syrup.
  • Fresh lime juice – Depending on the size of the lime, you need about one lime squeezed to equal the 1/2 ounce needed for this recipe.
  • Prosecco or champagne
Ingredients needed to make this cocktail: bottles of cranberry juice, gin, simple syrup, prosecco, and a fresh lime.

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Red Cocktail in a cocktail glass with a garnish of fresh cranberries on top of a red placemat. A bottle of prosecco and fake white Christmas trees are in the background.

How to Make a Gin Cranberry Cocktail

One of my favorite things about this Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail is how easy it is to make. You can make this gin Christmas cocktail and be back on your couch watching holiday movies in 5 minutes or less.

First, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Next, add cranberry juice and gin along with simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into a cocktail glass.

Finally, pour a couple ounces of prosecco (or champagne) on top of the gin cranberry mixture in the glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sugar rim for an extra treat!

Above image of a cranberry gin cocktail with fresh cranberries on a skewer.

Swaps & Substitutions

  • A Christmas champagne cocktail or prosecco cocktail is extra festive, but if you don’t have either of these, sparkling water or tonic water would be a good substitute.
  • I love the classic combination of gin and cranberry, but if you don’t have gin, vodka would be a good substitute.
  • Get fancy and garnish your drink with sugared cranberries. You can also coat the rim with sugar.

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Red Cranberry Gin Cocktail in a cocktail glass with a garnish of fresh cranberries on top of a red placemat. A bottle of prosecco and fake white Christmas trees are in the background.

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail

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A Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail is festive, refreshing, and bubbly. Cheers to the holiday season with this gin Christmas cocktail.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 serving
Calories 200 kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger or measuring spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces pure cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces prosecco or champagne
  • cranberries for garnish optional
  • sugar rim for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.
  • In the cocktail shaker, pour gin, cranberry juice, simple syrup, and lime juice. Secure top on the shaker and shake for 30 seconds.
  • Pour beverage into a cocktail glass. Add prosecco or champagne to the top of the drink. Serve with a garnish of fresh cranberries and/or a sugar rim.

Notes

  • This recipe was created with 100% pure cranberry juice. If you use cranberry juice cocktail, you don’t need to add the extra sweetness of the simple syrup.
  • A Christmas champagne cocktail or prosecco cocktail is extra festive, but if you don’t have either of these, sparkling water or tonic water would be a good substitute.
  • Don’t add prosecco or champagne to the cocktail shaker, pour this ingredient in the drink at the end.
Keyword Christmas cocktail, Christmas gin cocktail, gin and cranberry

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