Christmas Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail with Sugared Cranberries


Make a festive Christmas cranberry whiskey cocktail with just a few simple ingredients. Add sugared cranberries for a little extra treat.

Hello! I’m so excited to be back at Kennary. My name is Michelle from Our Crafty Cocktails. With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I would share an easy Christmas cocktail for the upcoming festivities.

This cranberry whiskey cocktail, with sugared cranberries, will make a great addition to your holiday cocktail menu. It’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet. You can also make the sugared cranberries ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. It makes it so easy.

Festive Cranberry Christmas whiskey cocktail.

With the holidays being so busy, it’s nice to save time when we can. I’m all about quick and easy recipes and this cranberry whiskey cocktail checks all the boxes. The recipe can be adjusted to make a pitcher size for a holiday party. When the guests arrive, just mix well, pour and serve. Don’t forget to add some sugared cranberries.

How to Make A Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail

Pick up your favorite bottle of whiskey and let’s make a cocktail! This will be one you refer to all season long as it’s not only easy to make, but it’s also so good!

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These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

ingredients for cranberry whiskey cocktail

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Prepare Sugared Cranberries

While sugared cranberries are not a requirement to make this drink, they sure do add to the Christmas cheer! I make up a batch ahead of time and keep them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. They can be added to a cocktail pick for a pretty look, or just placed directly in the cocktail glass.

sugared cranberries in small jar

Sugared cranberries are not just for a cranberry whiskey cocktail. They can be added frozen to wine or champagne. Did I mention they look lovely on holiday desserts too? If you are a cranberry lover, they are also yummy to snack on.

Choose Your Favorite Whiskey

Since there are only a few ingredients in this cocktail, you want to make sure you are using the BEST ingredients that you can. That doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive bottle of whiskey.

Just buy your favorite, affordable brand. We tend to use Crown Royal Whiskey. You can even use Crown Royal apple whiskey to bring in another flavor. If you haven’t tried peanut butter whiskey yet, it is so yummy mixed with cranberry juice. It blends together like peanut butter and jelly!

Top view of Cranberry whiskey cocktail

Make This Recipe As A Punch

Another reason why I love this easy recipe for the holidays is that it’s so versatile. You can make it as a punch, add a sparkling soda to it, and whatever garnishes you like. Throw in sliced oranges with the cranberries too if you like. Easy peasy!

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Christmas Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail

Make a cranberry whiskey cocktail to enjoy this holiday season. It's super simple to make and so refreshing!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Christmas recipe, cranberry whiskey cocktail
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Michelle James


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Ice Cubes


  • Fill your whiskey glass with ice.
  • Pour in your whiskey.
  • Add cranberry juice.
  • Add sugared cranberries.
  • Top with a sprig of rosemary.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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