Cranberry Manhattan a favorite cranberry cocktail! This easy Christmas cocktail (with it’s pretty color it’d be great for Valentine’s Day too) is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.
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Easy Christmas Cocktails
If there is a ever I time that I appreciate an easy cocktail, it is around the holiday season. So much hustling and bustling, one thing that should be easy is a cocktail.
After a day of shopping, I want to put my feet up, gaze at the tree (so pretty when I take off my glasses!) and sip a lovely libation.
This Cranberry Manhattan checks off all the things I want in a Christmas cocktail – easy, pretty, and oh so delicious!
How to Make a Cranberry Manhattan
This Cranberry Manhattan is so easy, it’s going to be your go to holiday cocktail. The recipe calls for syrup from my Brandied Cranberries or cranberry juice. I highly suggest you make the Bandied Cranberries, they are so good and so easy.
Did you know you could freeze cranberries? I just picked up two more bags from the store today. I keep them in the freezer so that I can make cocktails like this all year long – it’s really pretty at Valentine’s Day.
This is one of those recipes where you just combine your ingredients – whiskey, vermouth, cranberry syrup or juice a in a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with and orange twist and a cranberry.
By the way, if you noticed that I have finally mastered a good citrus twist for a cocktail, it turns out the secret is a channel knife. I finally asked a bartender about their citrus curls because they were so perfect and he showed me his channel knife.
Looking for more holiday cocktails:
This Cranberry Negroni is also a favorite Christmas cocktail!
This Chocolate Coffee Martini is dessert, cocktail and after dinner coffee all in one!
I’m sure you find the perfect brunch drink in this collection of 10 Mimosa Recipes!
This Cranberry Manhattan is fun and festive and oh so delicious!
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounces Brandied Cranberry Syrup or cranberry juice
- dash orange bitters
- orange peel for garnish
- cranberries for garnish
Place whiskey, vermouth, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled 1/2 way with ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds
Strain into a martini glass. Add a few dashes of orange bitters. Garnish with berries and orange peel.
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Update Notes: This was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2018.