A classic negroni cocktail gets a holiday flare with the addition of cranberry! Besides the gorgeous color, the cranberry adds a sweet tartness to the negroni! Perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas cocktail!
Cranberry Thanksgiving or Christmas Cocktails!
I love any excuse to make a fun cocktail and making a Christmas cocktail is the best excuse ever!
A Christmas or Thanksgiving Cocktail needs to be easy, since you already have so much to stress over, no need to stress over a cocktail.
It should be pretty and festive, it has to compete with all those decorations and all that food!
This Cranberry Negroni checks all those boxes and more!
What you Need to Make this Cranberry Mixed Drink:
First choose your gin!
The first thing you need to decide is what kind of gin you want to use. For this recipe, I wanted to use a London Dry Gin, because I love the juniper berry. Juniper just goes so well with the holidays, don't you think?!
Grab the Campari and Vermouth!
Have you tried Campari? When you look at it, it looks like it’s going to be syrupy sweet, doesn’t it? But it’s not. It’s pleasantly bitter. I love it’s bite in cocktails, it makes the best gin and tonic!
Sorry I didn't get a photo of the vermouth! I was getting a little too impatient to drink this! For a negroni, you want a sweet vermouth, not dry or blanco.
Choose Your Cranberries!
Now, here is where you get to make some choices. When I first made this negroni, I used the juice from Brandied Cranberries. I've since made it with Cranberry Liqueur and I've even just used cranberry juice. They all work. Using the brandied cranberry juice and liqueur results in a sweeter negroni, using unsweetened cranberry juice keeps it a little more tart.
How to Make this Easy Cranberry Cocktail
It's so easy to make this Cranberry Cocktail! Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Then add gin, vermouth, campari, and cranberry syrup of your choice. Shake and strain into a pretty glass. Garnish with cranberries and orange slice!
More Negroni Recipes for you to try!
Another gorgeous negroni is one make with tart cherries!
Adding a sparkling wine makes this negroni sbagliato so festive!
Maybe you want your negroni in a slushie form!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce Brandied Cranberries Syrup
- cranberries and orange wedge for garnish
- Place gin, vermouth, Campari, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge and cranberries.
Update Notes: This was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2019.