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Cranberry Ginger Ale Cocktail

    Cranberry ginger ale cocktail

    Put a festive spin on your cocktail routine with a cranberry ginger ale cocktail and be prepared for a new regular in your brunch drink rotation!

    Tart cranberry juice, zesty lime juice and sweet, bubbly ginger ale come together with vodka for a cocktail that hits in all the right places. Sweet, tart and lively with a subtle kick from the vodka, these cocktails are an easy and delicious way to shake up any brunch gathering.

    Cranberry ginger ale cocktails are incredibly versatile and go just as well at a fancy holiday brunch get-together as they do at a leisurely spring or summer garden party. They’re great on their own or with food, and are a spectacular companion to both savory and sweet brunch items.

    Serve them with vegetable quiches, omelettes, bacon and spicy eggs benedict if you’re in the mood for something savory, or match them up with fruit scones, blueberry pancakes or strawberry French toast for a sweeter pairing.

    However you serve them, make sure there’s plenty to go around!

    Cranberry ginger ale cocktail

    What You Need to Make a Cranberry Ginger Ale Cocktail

    To make this cocktail, you’ll need plain vodka, cranberry juice, ginger ale and lime juice. If you don’t have plain vodka on hand, white rum or a mild gin can be used in its place. If you’re not a cranberry juice fan, pomegranate juice is an excellent substitute.

    Cocktail ingredients

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz Vodka
    • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
    • 1 oz Lime Juice
    • 3 oz Ginger Ale
    • Rosemary Sprig for garnish (optional)
    • Fresh Cranberries for garnish (optional)

    How To Make a Cranberry Ginger Ale Cocktail

    Fill a cocktail glass halfway with ice. Add vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice to the cocktail glass, then top off the cocktail with ginger ale.

    Adding cranberry juice

    Using a cocktail stirrer or a spoon, gently stir the drink a few times to thoroughly combine.  Optionally garnish with a rosemary sprig and fresh or dried cranberries.

    Stirring cocktail

    Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Tips

    • Though cranberry juice is very tart, avoid using a sweetened cranberry punch and opt for 100% cranberry juice. The sweetness from the ginger ale will balance out the tartness of the cranberry juice, and you can add more or less ginger ale depending on your desired sweetness levels.
    • This recipe is portioned out for one drink, but it is incredibly easy to scale-up and pre-batch. To pre-batch, add the desired amount of vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice to a pitcher, but don’t add the ginger ale (waiting to add the ginger ale will prevent a flat cocktail). Stir to combine then cover the pitcher and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. When you’re ready to serve, add in the ginger ale and fill the pitcher with ice before distributing in cocktail glasses.
    Cocktail glass
    Do ginger ale and cranberry juice go together?

    Yes! The tartness of the cranberry juice goes great with the sweetness and subtle ginger qualities of the ginger ale. They’re an unlikely but excellent combination.

    Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a cranberry ginger ale cocktail?

    Definitely! The great thing about this cocktail is that cranberry juice, lime juice and ginger ale are a delicious combo with or without alcohol. Just omit the vodka and everyone can partake!

    Can I use ginger beer in place of ginger ale?

    It depends. Ginger beer has a significantly stronger and spicier ginger flavor than ginger ale and it will make the cocktail much more intense. If you’re a fan of ginger beer it will definitely work in this recipe, but it may not be for everyone.

    Cranberry ginger ale cocktail
    Cranberry ginger ale cocktail

    Cranberry Ginger Ale Cocktail

    Rebekkah Rumora
    Tart, sweet and lively with a subtle kick of vodka, this cranberry ginger ale cocktail is an excellent way to liven up your brunch cocktail rotation. Tart cranberry juice, zesty lime juice and sweet, bubbly ginger ale come together with vodka for a cocktail that is easy, versatile and perfect for any occasion.
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    Prep Time 5 mins
    Course Drinks
    Servings 1
    Calories 115 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz cranberry juice
    • 1 oz lime juice
    • 3 oz ginger ale
    • rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)
    • fresh or dried cranberries for garnish (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Fill a cocktail glass halfway with ice.
    • Add vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice to the cocktail glass.
    • Top off the cocktail with ginger ale.
    • Using a cocktail stirrer or spoon, gently stir the drink a few times to combine.
    • Optionally, garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 6.5g
    Keyword cocktail, drinks
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    Rebekkah is a food writer, recipe developer and sommelier who is obsessed with all things food and drink. When she isn’t lingering too long in her kitchen, she can be found making music in her apartment or traveling the globe in search of the perfect noodle.

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