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5 Cranberry Inspired Cocktails You Can Serve at Thanksgiving Dinner

by Liquor Wine Time

Cranberries are one of the three fruits (the other two being concord grapes and blueberries) that are native to America. 

The Natives used them in a sauce, and hence the dish of cranberry sauce was slowly integrated into American life. 

But today we are not interested in the muffins, sauces or juices that cranberry has insidiously crept into, we're interested in the cocktails!

Citrusy, tangy, pert, and sharp, cranberry juice makes up a vital component for so many cocktails, it's difficult to keep track. 

Here are five of them for your perusal! 


1. Sea Breeze 


Want to evoke the haze of a long-gone summer standing on the threshold of winter? 

Opt for this light, tart, and crisp little dainty, aptly called a Sea Breeze. A vivid carmine in color, it is sure to perk up spirits when served as a starter or an aperitif. Here is a recipe for one.


  • 1 ½ oz- vodka

  • 1 ½ oz- grapefruit

  • 3 oz- cranberry juice

  • Lime wheel to garnish


  • To a highball glass add all the ingredients one by one

  • Stir vigorously until well combined

  • Garnish with the lime wheel

Relax! Put up your feet and savor. 


2. Cosmopolitan 


For all the single ladies this Thanksgiving, with no large family dinners to look forward to, invite over your girlfriends and make a lively feast (by distancing socially, of course). 

Reckless and uninhibited, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy a classy East Coast Thanksgiving—decadent, lazy, effortless. This pale salmon pink drink wins hands down to be your choice of tipple. 


  • 1 ½ oz- citrus vodka

  • 1 dash - cranberry juice

  • I oz- Cointreau

  • ½ oz- lime juice

  • A garnish of one lime wedge


  • Pour out all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well.

  • Strain the concoction into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • Add the lime wedge as a garnish.

3. Madras 


Sticking to the vodka and cranberry theme, we're introducing a simple to make cocktail that even the busiest homemaker can whip up on Thanksgiving in a matter of minutes. The drink looks as cheerful as the colors of the sunset in summer, and it is a crowd-pleaser that can wow effortlessly with its citrusy aftertaste. Serve after dinner to cleanse the palate. This recipe makes one serving. 


  • 1 ½ oz- vodka

  • 3 oz-cranberry juice

  • 1 oz- orange juice

  • Lime wedge for garnish


  • Pour all the ingredients into a highball glass.

  • Stir until everything is combined.

  • Use the lime wedge to garnish.


4. The Big Sister 

Yes, finally, a family-themed cocktail that is not only easy to make but will please the whole crowd, no matter their age. As its name suggests, the maker chanced upon this concoction while mixing drinks with her elder sister. So to end all family feuds, rope in the big sister of your house to help make this delicious drink and serve with a smile.


  • 2 ½ oz- cranberry juice

  • 1 oz- fresh orange juice

  • 1 oz- ginger beer

  • 1 ½ oz- citrus vodka

  • ¼ oz- simple syrup

  • Few drops of fresh lemon

  • Garnish: three or four sugared cranberries on a skewer


  • Add all the liquids to a cocktail shaker and mix well.

  • Shake a couple of times and pour over ice.

  • Garnish with the skewered cranberries. 


5. Cranberry Margaritas


A luscious red libation that makes for the perfect offering to the God of harvests and happy endings, close your meal with this lovely vibrant cocktail. The drink is sure to conjure up sweet memories of running on the beach in the summer. When fall sets in, the heart begins to murmur an angsty complaint that only a tequila cocktail can soothe.


  • 2 oz- cranberry juice

  • 1 oz- lime juice

  • 1 ½ oz- tequila

  • ½ oz- triple sec

  • Sugar crystals to rim the glass

  • Lime wedge for garnish


  • Take a highball glass and rim it with sugar.

  • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into the glass.

  • Garnish with the lime wedge.

Once you have tried your hand at these beautiful recipes, enjoy your large (yep, it should be large) Thanksgiving meal with family. Say grace and remember this adage from writer Robert Caspar Lintner -

"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day."

Extend the giving of thanks into the coming yuletide season and watch as the blessings of a generous God flood your heart and homes. 


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