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Easy Cranberry Spritzer (by the glass or pitcher)

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Naturally cranberry red, this Easy Cranberry Spritzer is the ideal holiday drink, for young and old alike! Cranberry simple syrup, a squeeze of lemon, topped with a bubbly lemon-lime soda is delicious and refreshing, add a splash of vodka to make it into a cocktail!

Top down image of glass of cranberry spritzer with a cherry dripping with juice being placed inside the bright red drink.

Christmas Cranberry Spritzer with Fresh Snow

Even more fun — if you live in an area that gets snow, instead of crushed ice use freshly fallen snow for the younger crowd, they will get a kick out of it! (no yellow snow – ick)

Once you have the prep work done, this drink comes together so quickly!

Pretty glass filled with bright red Cranberry Spritzer with cherries.

How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup

Make a batch (or double it, it will go fast) of my cranberry simple syrup, which is really just like it sounds, so very simple, really!!

Image of small pitcher filled with cranberry simple syrup and frosted cranberries.

If desired for the garnish, make sugared cranberries, use Amarena cherries or maraschino cherries.

Bright rich red glossy candied cherry in syrup being placed into cranberry spritzer glass.

A Great Holiday Drink!

  • Fill glass with crushed ice (I use my Ninja blender to pulverize my ice, but crushed or even cubes would be just fine) or grab some of that newly fallen snow.
  • Pour in 2 oz of Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • Squeeze ¼ to ½ lemon (depending on how tart you want it)
  • Top off with lemon-lime soda, stir gently to combine
  • Garnish with sugared cranberries or a dark, rich cherry

Alternate Ingredients

  • In place of lemon lime soda, use lemon or lime sparkling water, ginger ale, or cranberry ginger ale or even ginger beer
  • Use lime or orange instead of lemon
  • If you don’t want to make cranberry simple syrup, you can purchase a good Grenadine syrup, making it more like a Shirley Temple
  • Adult-version: add 1-1.5 oz of vodka, top with seltzer water or lemon-lime soda
  • Also perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  • 4-6 oz Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail (like Simply Cranberry)
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)
  • 1 liter of lemon-lime soda or mineral water (not as sweet)
  • Garnish with sliced lemons, cranberries and a sprig of mint or rosemary
Long pin for how to make a Cranberry Spritzer with top image of ingredients for Spritzer and bottom image of glass filled with fizzy cranberry refresher ingredients.

Easily doubles, the above amounts should fit into a large pitcher, double for a punch bowl. Keep vodka on the side so kids and non-imbibers can enjoy, allowing those who prefer it spiked, to pour a splash.

Enjoy these other holiday drinks!

Holiday Drinks

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Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

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  1. 5 stars
    We sipped these on New Year’s Eve–me with the vodka, my husband without–and oh my WORD, were they delicious! Cheers to Spritzers and ringing in the new year with them!

  2. We had these a few days ago and I have decided to make them the NYE drink this year! The cranberry simple syrup is to die for. I think I am going to use it in some homemade salad dressings too!

  3. 5 stars
    Just finished making a batch of the cranberry simple syrup, and you’re not kidding – so easy! Saving this for our new year’s day brunch. Can’t wait!