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Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

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This Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini is a sweet-tart; bright, delicious and festive holiday cocktail! With easy make-ahead cranberry simple syrup.

Easy step-by-step instructions, with make-ahead ingredients so you can focus on spending time with your guests.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Let’s start with the crown jewel of this cocktail, Cranberry Simple Syrup! Gang, the colors are for real in this simple syrup and it is really…well…simple! I go into greater detail on the simple syrup post, but suffice it to say you need this in your fridge this season.

Ingredients for a Lemon Drop Martini

Making a Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

If desired, rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of glass, dip glass in all natural cane sugar, set aside until ready to pour.

Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar fitted with a lid ½ – ⅔ full with ice. Pour cranberry simple syrup, lemon juice and vodka over ice.

Shaken, not Stirred

  • Very Important * Give it at least 40-60 vigorous shakes.
  • Why so important? Because vigorous shaking causes the flavors to mix, the ice to break apart and slightly dilute the drink.
  • Plus it makes it nice and frothy!

Serve in a Martini glass with or without ice (I prefer with ice personally, as it’s a bit strong and I am a professed lightweight).

Garnish with a skewer of sugared cranberries and twist of lemon.

GORGEOUS! Sip slowly! Enjoy responsibly.

Make a pitcher for a crowd and let them shake their own!

Looking for more cranberry drinks! Oh please try this easy and tasty Cranberry Spritzer, keep it plain for kids and non-imbibers or add a splash of vodka for adults!

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Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini
Yield: 1 martini

Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini is a sweet-tart; bright, delicious and festive holiday cocktail! With easy make-ahead cranberry simple syrup.

Ingredients

Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

Cranberry Simple Syrup (see full recipe here)

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup all natural cane sugar

Instructions

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  1. Rough chop cranberries and place in saucepan with water. Bring to simmer over medium heat, reduce to simmer and cook 20 minutes.
  2. Gently mash cranberries, straining through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. It should yield about 1 cup of pulpy juice, add water to make a cup if not.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add cranberry "juice" and 1 cup sugar. Bring to boil and IMMEDIATELY remove from heat, set aside to cool. Store in fridge. Simple syrup lasts about 3 months refrigerated.

Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

  1. Fill shaker or mason jar with ice about ⅔ full. Pour in 2 oz of cranberry simple syrup, lemon juice and vodka. Adjusting vodka and lemon down if preferred.
  2. Rub lemon juice on rim of martini glass and dip in all natural sugar.
  3. Shake, shake, shake the covered jar or shaker, 40-60 vigorous shakes.
  4. Pour into glass, garnish with lemon twist and sugared cranberries. Serve immediately.

Notes

Make a pitcher!

Add 1 cup cranberry simple syrup, ½-1 cup lemon juice (start with a little and take a little taste, add more to desired sweet-tart ratio) and 1 cup vodka. Provide guests with sugared rim glasses if desired and a shaker, allowing guests to make their own.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgProtein: 0g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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