Last Updated on December 4, 2023 by Carne DiemJump to Recipe
This Cranberry Vodka Martini is sure to help spread cheer this holiday season. Crank up the Nat King Cole, cozy up next to the fire, and relax while sipping this holiday inspired martini made with vodka, blackberry moonshine, cranberry juice and Cointreau.
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Ingredients for the Cranberry Vodka Martini
For this Christmas cocktail recipe you will need your favorite vodka, Cointreau, and blackberry moonshine. The blackberry moonshine from Ozark Distillery has become one of our favorite libations this year. If you are looking for other uses for this great flavored moonshine then definitely check out our Southern Comfort Blackberry Bramble Style Arnold Palmer. If you are unable to find the blackberry moonshine where you live, you can substitute a berry flavored vodka or brandy as well.
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What can I substitute for Cointreau?
If you don't have any Cointreau on hand, you can substitute Grand Marnier. Other substitutions would be a high-quality Triple Sec, though try to avoid cheap Triple Sec. This is a classy cocktail after all!
For the non-alcohol portion of the drink you will need cranberry juice and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Fresh cranberries for garnish complete the Christmas martini recipe.
Making the Cranberry Christmas Martini
To make the Cran-Merry vodka martini, combine a ¼ cup of vodka, a ¼ cup of blackberry moonshine, 2 tablespoons of Cointreau, with ¾ cup cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice in a shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake until well combined.
The portions below will make enough for about two Christmas Vodka Martinis. Making it for a gathering? This recipe is easily doubled or even quadrupled.
Rimming the martini glass
Next, pour some sugar onto a small plate, moisten the rim of the martini glass with some lemon juice or water and run the edge of the glass through the sugar.
To complete the Cran-Merry Vodka Martini, pour the drink into the sugar rimmed martini glass and garnish with some fresh cranberries. Now kick back, relax, and enjoy this seasonal sipper.
Be sure to try some of our other Christmas and Holiday recipes here:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Grand Marnier or a high-quality Triple Sec work as good substitutions for Cointreau, though try to avoid cheap Triple Sec.
If you can't find blackberry moonshine, a blackberry brandy would make a great substitution in the cocktail.
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Cranberry Vodka Martini
- Martini Glass
- Cocktail Shaker
- ¾ cup Cranberry Juice
- ¼ cup Vodka
- ¼ cup Blackberry Moonshine
- 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoon Cointreau
- Cranberries for garnish
- White Sugar For rimming martini glass
- Combine the ingredients (except the cranberries) in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.
- Dampen the edge of a martini glass with some lemon juice or water, then run the edge of the glass through a plate with sugar to create a sugar rimmed glass.
- Pour the cocktail into the martini glass, top with a few cranberries and enjoy!