Delicious easy Cranberry Lime Cocktail perfect for holiday parties! So easy to make and tastes amazing.
Cranberry Lime Cocktail
Does Christmas always sneak up on you the way it does in our household? EEK!
With each passing year, the days seem to fly by quicker, with Halloween rolling right into Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s tailing right behind.
My brain spins faster than I like to admit during this busy time, and I find myself running around like crazy trying to get ready for the holidays.
I wanted to make a festive Christmas drink that tastes great for the holidays. Something light, refreshing, and super easy to make!
Christmas cocktails do not have to be hard to prepare! Make this Cranberry Lime Cocktail along with a Cranberry Mimosa, cranberry mojito, and other varieties of cranberry cocktails for a fun holiday party spread.
Now I have to share how crazy easy these Cranberry Lime Cocktails are to make!
You can make these easily or set out all ingredients on a bar cart for your guests to allow them to decide just how many cranberries and limes they want in their drink.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Cranberry Lime Drink! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Cranberry Splash Soda or Ginger Ale
- Cranberries and Lime Slices
Garnish - Cranberries, lime wheel
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Glass
- Bartending Spoon
How to Make a Cranberry Lime Cocktail
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Fill your cocktail glass with a handful of cranberries, ice, and a few lime slices.
- Pour in vodka and cranberry splash soda.
- Stir and enjoy!
Preparation and Storage
Make-Ahead: This cheery red cocktail is a great make-ahead cocktail that you can prepare up to a day before serving.
Storage: Refrigerate any leftover Cranberry Lime Cocktail in an airtight pitcher to keep it fresh and cold for later enjoyment.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Make Cranberry Lime Cocktail Slushies by blending the ingredients with a handful of ice. This method is also excellent for refreshing the leftovers of this drink, as the flavors will have more time to meld together and taste less diluted as the slushie ice melts.
Substitutions: Gin is a solid substitute for vodka since both are neutral spirits that let the cranberry and lime flavors shine. Our Cranberry Moscow Mule replaces the soda with ginger beer for spice and fizz.
We have seen this made with a float of prosecco or a splash of club soda/tonic water for more bubbles.
You can use cranberry juice if you prefer a drink without bubbles. Add sugar to the rim of the glass for a festive holiday look.
Vegetarian Option + Vegan Option: The ingredients in this cocktail recipe are naturally safe for vegetarian and vegan diets!
Gluten-Free: This cocktail is also naturally gluten-free.
Alcohol-Free Option: Make a Cranberry Lime Cocktail by removing or replacing the vodka with a non-alcoholic alternative or another neutral non-alcoholic spirit.
Make it Spicy: A Dish of Daily Life has a fun Jalapeño Cranberry Vodka Slushie that’ll make spirits hot this holiday season!
Larger Group/More Servings: This cocktail is easy to prepare pitcher-style or in a punch bowl. Scale the written recipe to your desired yield and the container size you want to fill.
Sugar-Free: This recipe contains 7 grams of sugar per serving. Use a zero-sugar ginger ale or cranberry soda to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Cranberry Lime Cocktail
- You can add as many or as little cranberries as you choose. I like to add a bunch of them since it makes the cocktail even more festive for the holidays.
- Printable recipe card instructions are below.
- Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
What to Serve with a Cranberry Lime Cocktail
Make this festive cranberry cocktail part of your next holiday cocktail night or feast shared with friends and family. Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls, Cheesy Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams, Creamed Corn Casserole, Campbell's Green Bean Casserole, CrockPot Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
Main Dishes: Eggnog French Toast, Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, Ham & Cheese Crescent Roll, CrockPot Turkey, CrockPot Ham, CrockPot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs, Bourbon Baked Ham, CrockPot Orange Glazed Ham, CrockPot Coke Glazed Ham
Desserts: Eggnog Cookies, Sugared Cranberries, 4 Ingredient Christmas Crack, Reindeer Chow, Grinch Bark, No Bake Church Window Cookies, Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Glaze, No Bake Eggnog Pie, Cranberry Fluff Salad, Snow Ice Cream, Black Forest Cupcakes
Drinks: Broken Down Golf Cart Shot, Baileys Hot Chocolate, Grinch Jello Shots, Fireball Jello Shots, Cherry Bomb Shot, Cranberry Mimosa, Eggnog Coffee, Peppermint Patty Shot, Polar Bear Shot, Boozy Grinch Drink, Three Wise Men Shot, Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail
When to Serve
- Holiday Cocktail Party
- New Year’s Day Party
Great Holiday Cocktail Recipes
This recipe is featured in our Red Cocktails collection.
Cranberry Lime Cocktail Recipe
- ½ Ounce Vodka you can use plain or cranberry flavored depending on how much you love cranberries
- 3 Ounce Ginger Ale or Cranberry Splash Soda
- Cranberries and lime slices
- Fill your cocktail glass with a handful of cranberries and ice, along with a few lime slices
- Pour in vodka and cranberry splash soda
- Stir and enjoy