13 Cranberry Cocktails That Will *Instantly* Liven Up Your Friendsgiving
It’s officially that time of year when you get to slow down (if only) and thank your squad for nights out, laughter, and their never-ending support. You want to host a very special Friendsgiving, but the pressure to be perfect is real. The food has to be delicious, the table has to be pretty, and there cannot be a shortage of activities. Breathe. As long as the drinks are flowing, your friends are going to have a great time. And cranberries scream holidays more than any other fruit. Don’t believe us? Keep reading for 13 cranberry cocktails that are sure to get the party started right.
Cranberry Ginger Sparkling Holiday Cocktail: Who wouldn't want to say a toast of gratitude with these glittering flutes in hand? Fresh sliced ginger gives this cocktail an incredible spiced flavor while Prosecco sweetens it. (via Cooks With Cocktails)
Cranberry Orange Mimosa Bellini: Trust us; you’re not going to want to wait until the holidays to make this recipe. With just three ingredients, this is a drink that's super simple to whip up — and perfect for sipping while you're hanging decorations for your par-tay. (via Crazy for Crust)
The Big Sister: Don’t let the two types of juice and simple syrup fool you; the ginger beer mellows out this cocktail with complexity and heat. And the citrus vodka makes the flavor decidedly grown-up. (via Vanilla and Bean)
Cranberry Ramos Gin Fizz: Grab an egg and heavy cream, because we’re about to shake things up (literally). You'll want to work those arms for five straight minutes to get a creamy cocktail that is perfectly sweet and tart. (via Craft and Cocktails)
Cranberry Mojito Punch: Lime-flavored sparkling water brings extra zing to a drink that’s sure to be a Friendsgiving favorite. (via Sugar and Soul Co.)
Cranberry Moscow Mule: Kick things up a notch with a festive spin on the copper cup classic. It's the perfect combination of spicy from the ginger beer and sweet from the cranberry juice. (via Wonky Wonderful)
Cranberry and Turkish Delight Cocktail: It doesn't matter where you are in the world; a granita is always a good idea. When you're down to your last drop, a sweet treat awaits you in the form of a small Turkish candy. (via Shades of Cinnamon)
Easy Cranberry Daiquiris: A classic never gets old, and just one taste of this delicious drink will remind you of sipping daiquiris with your BFF back in the day. And the best part is all you have to do is simmer and then chill the ingredients. Simple, elegant, and nostalgic to boot. (via Aberdeen's Kitchen)
Cranberry Gin Cocktail: Mint leaves give this ruby beauty a refreshing taste while balancing out the tartness of the cranberries and bite of the gin. We won't blame you if you have more than one. (via Lauren Caris Cooks)
Apple Cranberry Ginger Ale Spritzer: This is the most cran-tastic cocktail with fresh cranberries, cranberry ginger ale, and cranberry juice. If that doesn't wet your whistle, it's made with apple vodka. Yum! (via Plating Pixels)
Poinsettia Spritz Punch: For the record, those are holiday lights in the background, but with three liquors in this concoction, you might think you’re seeing stars. Your girls will be happy to know that this bowl has bubbly in it too. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Cranberry Caipirinha: Caipirinhas might be synonymous with Brazil and warmer temps, but we welcome a recipe that lets us drink them year-round. This cocktail is made with cranberry simple syrup, fresh cranberries, and cachaça. (via The Melrose Family)
Cinnamon and Cranberry Bourbon Spritzers: Cinnamon. Simple. Syrup. Doesn’t that just sound like a sip of the holiday season? And the bourbon in this beverage will definitely warm up your party. (via Cooking and Beer)
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Yasmein James is a food writer living in New Jersey, but her heart’s on the other end of The Lincoln Tunnel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating her way to the most authentic ethnic restaurants in her travels. And writing all about it on her lifestyle blog, She’s Facing Freedom.