Perfect for festive holidays, this fizzy cranberry cocktail is a mix of cranberry, lime, vodka, and ginger ale, with cranberries and lime slices as garnish.

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Easy vodka cranberry cocktail with ginger ale

About Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail

It’s easy to overlook drinks during the holidays, but this festive fizzy cranberry cocktail practically demands a seat at your dinner table.

Because, really, what better way is there to wind down from a ton of good eats than with a sweet, soothing drink with the quintessential taste of cool weather?

How to mix a cranberry cocktail with vodka

What’s in this Christmas cranberry cocktail?

  • Vodka – Any non-flavored type or brand will do.
  • Cranberry Juice – This helps add some fruity flavor to the drink as well as some strong coloring.
  • Lime juice – Either freshly squeezed or purchased is fine.
  • Ginger Ale – A staple in many mixed drinks, any brand of ginger ale will work.

Can this drink be made in advance?

Yes, it totally can!

This drink can be made by the glass or even whipped up a big batch to serve in a jug or drink dispenser. Be sure to check the “how to measure this cocktail section” for instructions on how to adapt this recipe for a bigger batch.

Once ready, store the drink in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Simple cranberry cocktail recipe

How to measure this cocktail

This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”

This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.

What are the exact measurements for one drink?

In a hurry and want simple measurements for just one drink? No problem! Just use this as a guide:

  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz ginger ale

You can also select “Metric” measurements in the recipe card below to see these numbers.

Notes & tips for this cranberry cocktail

Festive Christmas cranberry cocktail

How to make this vodka cranberry cocktail

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a cocktail shaker, pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice.

Step 2 – If you haven’t already, add some ice to the cocktail shaker, then give it a good shake.

Step 3 – Pour the mixed ingredients into a glass, then fill it up the rest of the way with ginger ale.

Step 4 – Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime slices and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Easy vodka cranberry cocktail with ginger ale
4.80 from 5 votes

Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail

5 minutes prep
190 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
Perfect for festive holidays, this fizzy cranberry cocktail is a mix of cranberry, lime, vodka, and ginger ale, with cranberries and lime slices as garnish.



  • Combine cranberry juice, vodka, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until combined.
  • Pour mixed ingredients into a cocktail glass, then add a splash of ginger ale, to taste.
  • Serve with cranberries and lime slices as garnish (optional).


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy