Christmas Berry Cocktail

This sparkling Christmas Berry Cocktail is the perfect drink to ring in the Christmas season. It’s a little tart and a little sweet with a touch of bubbles from sparkling wine. Just stir together vodka, apple cider, cranberry juice and orange liqueur then top with a bit of effervescence. Perfect for 2 or by the pitcher for your holiday party.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Wheatley Vodka.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Pouring vodka cranberry cocktail into cinnamon sugar rimmed glass with Wheatley vodka bottle in back.

When Wheatley Vodka asked me to do a Christmas cocktail for them, I was ecstatic! I mean, what could be better than creating a delicious cocktail make especially for the holiday season with a craft vodka that has won numerous gold medal awards and is made in small batches in America’s oldest continually- operated distillery. Ummm, nothing!

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It was the perfect opportunity to develop my yearly Christmas cocktail. Past years have seen my Creamy Eggnog Martini, my ever popular White Christmas Margarita and my dangerous Pecan Pie Martini Shots. What do all these cocktails have in common? They contain seasonal flavors we love and associate with a joyful holiday season. This Christmas Berry Cocktail carries on that tradition in style!

Closeup of cinnamon sugar rim and cranberries in cocktail.

So what makes this Vodka Cranberry Apple Cocktail so special. Well, it combines just the right amount of fresh sweet apple cider balanced perfectly with a little bit of tart from cranberry juice. Complementing all that fruitiness is the pure, crisp taste of Wheatley craft vodka, with its delicate taste showing hints of vanilla. Plus the color is all about Christmas with its cheery red tones. And it wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bubbly, right? The sparkling wine adds the perfect festive touch that I just couldn’t pass up.

Variations

  • Love sweet cocktails? Add a little agave to the mix.
  • Want more orange flavor? Add a double dose of orange liqueur or orange juice.
  • No sparkling wine on hand? Try a sparkling water, tonic water or lemon-lime soda.
  • Make this vodka apple cider cocktail into a Moscow Mule by subbing ginger beer for prosecco.

How to make Vodka Cranberry Apple Cocktail

Ingredients for Christmas Berry cocktail.

Gather the 5 ingredients – Wheatley vodka (Get Wheatley Vodka Here), apple cider, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and sparkling wine. 

Coating rim of glass with cinnamon sugar.

Decorate rim of cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar. This will give the drink that touch of sweetness to contrast with the cranberry juice.

First rub rim with a slice of orange. On a plate, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together then dip glass rim into mixture until well coated. This makes more than you’ll need so save some for delicious cinnamon toast in the morning.

Mixing cocktail steps 1 to 3.

  1. Pour apple cider into cocktail shaker or pitcher.
  2. Add cranberry juice. 
  3. Sweeten it with your favorite orange liqueur. Or, if you prefer, orange juice.

Finishing steps for making christmas berry cocktail.

  1. Pour in Wheatley Vodka. I know there is a plethora of vodkas to choose from on the market but, I promise you, this Award Winning Vodka will exceed your expectations.
  2. Stir with ice.
  3. Pour into prepared cocktail glasses.
  4. Top with sparkling wine.

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This Christmas Berry Cocktail looks beautiful when garnished with frozen sugared cranberries and a sprig of sugared rosemary. You could also add a slice of orange and a stick of cinnamon for stirring.

Garnished Christmas Berry cocktail in front of Wheatley vodka and greenery.

This Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cocktail is great for a romantic tete-a-tete in front of a fire or make it by the pitcher for your next holiday party. Garnish each drink with some sugared cranberries, sprigs of rosemary, and curled orange peels and let the festivities begin. Have a berry merry Christmas and enjoy!

More Christmas cocktails

Buckeye Latte Cocktail will warm you up this winter with its rich flavors of peanut butter and chocolate. Add coffee and a touch of white chocolate liqueur and it’s guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.

Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail is perfect to celebrate Christmas or ring in the new year. While the champagne makes this light and bubbly, the pomegranate juice brings a nice tartness to the cocktail offset by the sweet orange liqueur and agave.  

Cranberry Mimosa is an easy to make light cocktail with only 3 ingredients – champagne, cranberries & orange juice. The perfect Christmas cocktail decked out in red & green.

Check out other Featured Wheatley Cocktails for more holiday cheer.

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Christmas Berry Cocktail

This sparkling Christmas Berry Cocktail is the perfect vodka drink for the Christmas season. A little tart, a little sweet & a whole lot of bubbly.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 3 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 2-3 oz Wheatley vodka
  • 4 oz sparkling wine or more depending on size of glass
  • Garnishes: Cinnamon sugar frozen sugared cranberries, rosemary sprig, orange rind curl

Instructions

  • On a plate, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together.
  • Rub rim of glasses with orange slice then dip glass rims into mixture until well coated.
  • In a cocktail shaker or pitcher filled with ice, combine apple cider, cranberry juice and orange liqueur.
  • Add Wheatley vodka and stir to chill.
  • Divide contents between 2 cinnamon rimmed glasses then top with sparkling wine.
  • Garnish with frozen sugared cranberries and a sprig of sugared rosemary.

Video

Notes

Variations

  • Love sweet cocktails? Add a little agave to the mix.
  • Want more orange flavor? Add a double dose of orange liqueur or orange juice.
  • No sparkling wine on hand? Try a sparkling water, tonic water or lemon-lime soda.
  • Make this vodka apple cider cocktail into a Moscow Mule by subbing ginger beer for prosecco.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Christmas Berry Cocktail
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