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Cranberry Orange Cocktail With Ginger

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The Cranberry Orange Cocktail with ginger 🙂 

This cocktail is Fall all wrapped up into one perfect little glass, making it an ideal choice for Thanksgiving gatherings or any festive occasion. 

I love how this drink is a mix of sweet and tart – you get the tart from the cranberry and lime but the hint of orange liquor and the fabulous ginger simple syrup puts it right over the top! 

I really can’t even explain in words how yummy and complex the flavors are in this drink so you definitely have to try it for yourself!

Cranberry orange cocktail

So if you’re having Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving or just a small get together I just made your life so much easier because now you’ve got your perfect cocktail that is sure to please everyone! 

I hope you have the happiest of holidays with your friends or family or just relaxing in front of the fire under a cozy blanket with your Cranberry Orange Cocktail!

Happy sipping!

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Strainer (for straining ginger for syrup)
  • 1 Pot (for boiling sugar and water for syrup)
  • 1 Juicer (for fresh lime juice)
ingredients for Cranberry orange cocktail with ginger


  • 2 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka (e.g., Titos)
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 Lime (for cocktail and garnish)
  • A splash of Seltzer or Lemon-Lime Soda (seltzer preferred; adjust for sweetness)

Ginger Simple Syrup

Don’t be put put off by the simple syrup it literally just takes minutes to make and you can do this step up to one week prior.

The ginger gives it a little hidden spicy sweetness that sets this drink aside from the normal cranberry cocktails!

Simple syrups are fun and easy to make.

You can use them in sorbets as well but they really give that pop to your cocktails.

  1. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pot and boil until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger to the mixture and remove from heat.
  3. Cover the pot and allow the ginger to steep for one hour.
  4. Strain out the ginger and store the syrup in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cocktail Preparation

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Add the following ingredients:
    • 2 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
    • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
    • 1/2 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
    • 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
    • 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a low ball glass filled with ice.
  5. Optionally, top off the cocktail with a splash of seltzer or lemon-lime soda, depending on your preference for sweetness.
  6. Garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel and a few frozen cranberries for a festive touch.
straining Cranberry orange cocktail with ginger into glass with ice

Serving Tips

  • This cocktail is a versatile choice for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or other gatherings.
  • Consider making a large batch of the cocktail the night before the event. Scale up the recipe by multiplying the ingredients by the number of guests and storing it in a pitcher. Add soda when serving individual glasses.
  • For those who prefer a less sweet cocktail, omit the soda and enjoy the drink as is.
  • Use unsweetened cranberry juice. That’s the fun thing about this drink is its tart but sweet at the same time so the key is to get unsweetened.
  • Lime wedges or wheels can be used for garnishing, along with a few frozen cranberries to enhance the festive vibe.
  • I always keep a bag of cranberries in my freezer around the holidays so I have them available to use just for this purpose. They go on sale for next to nothing so you might as well grab a couple bags to have on hand through the holidays. After all November is everything cranberry for me!

Big Batch Preparation

If you’re having a party this is incredibly perfect because the cranberry orange cocktail can easily be made into a big batch cocktail the night before. You just make the recipe times your number of guest in a big pitcher. 

You would just top off each glass with soda when you’re serving. 

If you really want to make your life easy you can omit the splash of soda and just serve it without! 

Now you can enjoy this delicious cocktail with your friends without playing bartender all night!

  • Calculate the total quantities of ingredients based on the number of guests.
  • Multiply the individual ingredient amounts by the number of servings needed.
  • Combine the multiplied ingredient amounts in a large pitcher.
  • Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to serve.
  • To serve, pour the cocktail into individual glasses filled with ice and top with soda, if desired.
  • Garnish each glass with a lime wheel and a few frozen cranberries.
Cranberry orange cocktail with ginger


With its harmonious blend of flavors, including the zingy ginger simple syrup, this Cranberry Orange Cocktail with ginger is an exceptional choice for celebrating the holiday season. 

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast or simply relaxing by the fire, this cocktail promises delightful sipping moments. 

Cheers to enjoying the essence of fall in every sip!

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JoAnne’s Cranberry Orange Ginger Cocktail

A little bit of Fall all wrapped up into one delicious cocktail. It's a mix of cranberry, orange liquor, vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger simple syrup. This is one cocktail you will serve over and over through out the holidays!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Ginger Simple Syrup 1 hour
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 Strainer To strain ginger to make the syrup
  • 1 Pot To boil sugar and water for syrup
  • 1 Juicer To juice your lime


  • 2 Oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 1 1/2 Oz Vodka I use Titos
  • 1/2 Oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/2 Oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 Oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 Lime To use have for cocktail and the other for garnish
  • 1 Splash Seltzer or Lemon-Lime Soda I prefer seltzer but if you like your drinks sweeter use the lemon lime soda

Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Root of Ginger Sliced Thin to equal 1/2 cup


Ginger Simple Syrup

  • Make your simple syrup up to one week prior
  • Boil sugar and water till dissolved
  • Add 1/2 cup sliced ginger and remove from heat
  • Cover and let seep for one hour
  • Strain out ginger and put in jar for up to one week refrigerated


  • Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
  • Add all ingredients and shake for 15 seconds
  • Pour over ice in low ball glass of your choice
  • Top off with a splash of seltzer or lemon lime soda
  • Garnish with lime wheel and a few frozen cranberries
Keyword cranberry orange cocktail, fall cocktails
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