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This festive Cranberry Martini holiday cocktail is made from an extra batch of homemade cranberry sauce and paired with vodka.

Super delicious and easy to make! Serve it during your next holiday dinner.

Cranberry Martini recipe

Why this recipe works:

This is a delicious and gorgeous festive cocktail that is easy to make!

  • This is a great choice for a party or a large dinner since the recipe makes 8 cocktails, but it can easily be scaled down for a single drink.
  • It is simply a combination of my homemade fresh cranberry sauce and vodka – that’s it!
  • When you make cranberry sauce for a holiday dinner, just double the recipe so you have enough for this vibrant red cranberry cocktail!
sugared cranberries on top of a cranberry cocktail

How to make this recipe:

It turns out I made some fresh cranberry sauce with orange and Grand Marnier, and I just couldn’t get enough of that stuff!

I decided to give some Vodka a long cold soak in it to see what would happen.  What happened was a really good cocktail emerged.

And that is seriously all you need to make this drink. It’s perfect for a crowd!

Cranberry vodka cocktail

Don’t get me wrong – its strong. But martinis are supposed to be strong, right?


Prep30 minutes
Total30 minutes
Servings 8 cocktails
Make an extra batch of homemade cranberry sauce and pair it with vodka to transform it into a festive Cranberry Martini holiday cocktail.



  • fresh cranberry sauce see recipe in notes
  • 750 milliliters vodka (good-quality)
  • Fresh Cranberries and sugar for garnish optional


  • Follow directions to make fresh cranberry sauce. Allow to fully cool.
  • Combine cranberry sauce and vodka in large airtight container. Store in freezer for at least 3 days. Give it a good shake any time you open the freezer.
  • Chill 8 martini glasses in the freezer.
  • Strain the solids using a fine mesh strainer. To serve, pour the ice cold cranberry vodka into each of the 8 frozen martini glasses. If not immediately serving, store the strained liquid in the freezer until ready to serve, and give it a shake before pouring into glasses.
  • If desired, spray fresh cranberries with a bit of water and then roll in sugar. Serve on a skewer over the glass.


fresh cranberry sauce recipe


Calories: 217kcal, Sodium: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally written in November 2014 and was updated in November 2019 for your reading pleasure.

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