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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!

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!

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!!

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

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!

CRANBERRY SPARKLING PUNCH FOR A CROWD

  • 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

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.

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Easy Cranberry Spritzer

cranberry spritzer bubbling in glass with red and white polka dot straw, garnished with lemon and cherry.

A beautiful holiday drink - make it as a cocktail or mocktail. Cranberry simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, lemon lime soda. By the glass or by the pitcher.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

BY THE PITCHER

  • 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

Instructions

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 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. If adult cocktail is desired, add vodka prior to lemon-lime soda.

Garnish with sugared cranberries or a dark, rich Amarena cherry

By the Pitcher

Mix ingredients in order listed, except soda/seltzer and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, add soda or seltzer, stir gently. Slice oranges and/or lemons to float on top, a few cranberries and sprigs of rosemary. Serve with sliced lemons, sugared cranberries or Amarena cherries.

Notes

  • 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 juice instead of lemon juice
  • 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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 5gSugar: 44gProtein: 1g

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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Wednesday 1st of January 2020

These were a HUGE hit at our New Years get together! Great recipe!

Kathleen

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Thanks Michaela, makes me so happy!

jennifer stewart

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

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!

Kathleen

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

YAY! Thanks Jennifer!

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