You might think the Vodka Cranberry cocktail is simply vodka and cranberry juice, especially since that’s how some bars serve it. Well, some bars are lazy and shameful.
This drink is actually a little more complicated than its name might lead you to believe. A proper Vodka Cranberry also uses a touch of Rose’s sweetened lime and orange juice to bring out the best of the cranberry flavor.
This cocktail recipe is pretty light on the alcohol, so feel free to vary it according to your taste and tolerance. The only alcohol in this drink is vodka, so you can add a little more if you prefer.
You can also leave it out completely when you want a mocktail. That makes it great for parties where some guests might not be drinking.
The Vodka Cranberry is sometimes thought of as a beginner’s drink because it’s not very strong and you don’t really taste the alcohol. But it’s a delicious drink for anyone.
The great thing about this drink is how refreshing it is. The lime and cranberry are both tart, which really wakes up your taste buds.
But you also get some sweetness from the dash of orange juice and whatever other fruits are blended into your cranberry juice. And that makes it delicious.
This is a drink where you don’t taste the alcohol much. At least, not when it’s made according to the classic recipe, which only calls for one ounce of vodka.
Some bars will make it much stronger. You can bump the vodka up to the standard 1 1/2 ounces without changing the flavor noticeably.
While the Vodka Cranberry might not sound like your usual brunch drink, I think it actually works because the drink is light on alcohol and has a lot of fruit juice.
Because this drink contains several ounces of cranberry juice, it’s also refreshing in the sense that it’s truly hydrating. It’s even got a few vitamins in it.
And that makes it great for a night of dancing. It puts back some of the vitamins and hydration you’re sweating out as you enjoy yourself.
It’s also great for a day in hot weather. It’s perfect for poolside or anytime you’re going to be out in the heat.
If you like this drink, you should also check out the Crystal Cranberry, which features amaretto, Crown Royal, gin, cranberry juice and more.
There’s also the C&T Cocktail, which blends cranberry and gin with Absolut Mandarin and more.