No holiday celebration is complete without a signature spirit. I love having the chance to delight my friends and family with a creative Christmas cocktail that truly satisfies all of the senses. There's really no better time than the holiday season to try out a colorful new drink recipe that will awe and inspire your own houseguests just as much as your decorations do.
My Vodka Cranberry Noël is surprisingly simple to construct despite its elegant and elaborate appearance. If you're already familiar with a Vodka Cranberry, there's really no difference to this drink except the inclusion of Sprite Cranberry and additional garnishes. However, it's the presentation of this beverage that makes all the difference.
Here's what you'll need to craft this cranberry cocktail:
- SKYY Vodka
- Sprite Cranberry
- Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
- Fresh mint
- Fresh lime
- Fresh cranberries
Start with 1 part cranberry juice and then add 1 part Sprite Cranberry. Your stemless wine glass should be a little less than half full at this point. Add 1 to 2 shots of your preferred vodka, I recommend SKYY or Absolut if you're planning on making a large quantity of drinks.
Slice fresh lime into circular pieces and add one to the drink first. Add a layer of cranberries that covers the entire surface of the drink. Finally, add small sprigs of fresh mint on top.
Now you have a drink as merry and bright as the company you plan to entertain at your next holiday event. The splash of Sprite Cranberry adds a sweet, effervescent finish to this otherwise traditional drink. Layers of mint and lime between the bobbing cranberries are a clear nod to the colors of Christmas. Enjoy!