Cranberry Blast Cocktail Recipe

When you’re in the mood for a bold, fruity drink, the Cranberry Blast delivers on all fronts. This vibrant cocktail is a perfect blend of tart cranberry, sweet peach, and citrusy notes, all enhanced by a generous helping of spirits.

With its good looks and complex flavor profile, the Cranberry Blast will impress both casual drinkers and seasoned mixologists alike.

Cranberry Blast drink in glass with ice and orange slice garnish

What is the Cranberry Blast Cocktail?

It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. There are hints of orange and lemon, and a little peach from the schnapps, but mostly what hits you is the cranberry.

This drink packs a punch, both in terms of flavor and alcohol content. It’s a fruity delicious mix of cranberry juice, peach schnapps, dark rum, vodka, and Scotch whisky.

The tartness of the cranberry juice contrasts with the mellow, fruity sweetness of the peach schnapps. The rum, vodka, and Scotch add depth and complexity to the overall flavor.

The result is a cocktail that is both refreshing and surprisingly potent, with an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of around 20-25% depending on the exact measurements used.

With three ounces of alcohol, this drink is less of a lightweight than the taste might make you think. The tartness of the cranberry and orange with the mellowness of the peach schnapps make this just fruity enough to hide that alcohol flavor so it goes down super-smooth.

Tweaking the Recipe

While the standard recipe is great, there’s always room for experimentation and personalization. Suggestions:

Spiced Cranberry Blast: Add a dash of cinnamon or ginger syrup to the mix for a warm, festive twist.

Cranberry Fizz: Top the Cranberry Blast with a splash of club soda or sparkling wine for a refreshing, bubbly variation.

Frozen Cranberry Blast: Blend the ingredients with ice for a frozen, slushie-like consistency, a perfect summer cocktail for warm weather.

Cranberry Blast Mocktail: Omit the spirits and use chilled cranberry and orange juices for a non-alcoholic version.

Serving Suggestions

This cocktail is an excellent choice for holiday gatherings, as the vibrant red color and festive flavors perfectly capture the spirit of the season. It can also be a great accompaniment to hearty winter meals or as a palate-cleansing aperitif before a decadent dessert.

Food Pairings

Here are some food pairing suggestions to complement the bold flavors of this cocktail:

Cheese Platter: Serve the Cranberry Blast with a selection of cheeses such as brie, aged cheddar, or blue cheese. The creamy textures and savory notes of the cheeses contrast beautifully with the cocktail’s fruity and boozy profile.

Charcuterie Board: Create a charcuterie board with an assortment of cured meats like prosciutto, salami, and chorizo. The salty and savory flavors of the meats provide a satisfying contrast to the sweet and tangy notes of the Cranberry Blast.

Spicy Appetizers: Pair the Cranberry Blast with spicy appetizers like jalapeƱo poppers, buffalo wings, or spicy shrimp cocktails. The heat from the dishes can complement the cocktail’s fruity flavors and add an exciting kick to your palate.

Dessert Delights: Enjoy the Cranberry Blast alongside decadent desserts like chocolate truffles, fruit tarts, or cheesecake. The rich sweetness of the desserts can harmonize with the cocktail’s complex flavors, creating a luxurious tasting experience.

Cranberry Blast drink in glass with ice and orange slice garnish

Cranberry Blast Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

When you want a bold, fruity drink, the Cranberry Blast delivers. This cocktail is a perfect blend of tart cranberry, sweet peach, and citrusy notes.


  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces peach schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce scotch
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Lime wedge


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in all the ingredients.
  3. Stir slowly but thoroughly.

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Last Updated:

May 21, 2024