Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.

If you were to ask me my go-to cocktail I’d most likely say vodka, lime and soda water without any hesitation. I like the fact that it’s light and refreshing while also being low in calories and sugar. I usually drink wine (gotta get those antioxidants), but if I’m going to order a cocktail vodka, lime and soda is my number one. Grapefruit and tequila is my number two, but I’ve already covered that in my skinny paloma post.

Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime and Sugared Cranberries

This year, I thought it would be fun to put a festive spin on my go-to cocktail and came up with this sparkling vodka cranberry cocktail. It still has vodka, lime juice and sparkling water, but I added a little cranberry juice and cranberries for extra flavor and a pop of color.

It has less than 150 calories and 10 grams of sugar. And did I mention how easy this cocktail is whip up? No muddling necessary! Simply place everything in your shaker with ice, shake, shake shake, pour into a glass, top with sparkling water and cranberries and enjoy!

Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime and Sugared Cranberries

What Kind of Cranberry Juice Should You Use?

For the cranberry juice I used Lakewood’s organic cranberry blend. It’s 100% juice, but it has some sweet juices like apple and grape mixed in. Regular unsweetened cranberry juice is pretty tart so just keep that in mind when choosing which juice to use.

Fresh vs. Sugared Cranberries

To really spruce things up I made a batch of sugared cranberries for garnish. You can use fresh cranberries, but the sugared cranberries look so festive and they’re perfect as a party snack.

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.

Here’s What You Need For the Sparkling Vodka Cranberry

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.

How to Make Sparkling Vodka Cranberry

Prep glassesAdd vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.

Pour & enjoyPour mixture over ice and top off with sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries into the glass, garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.

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If you try these sparkling vodka cocktails please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime and Sugared Cranberries on a cutting board surrounded by the ingredients.

Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime


Description

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.


Ingredients

  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) vodka
  • 2 shots (3 ounces) cranberry juice
  • splash of lime juice
  • Lime La Croix sparkling water
  • fresh cranberries (or sugared cranberries)
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Add vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  2. Pour mixture over ice and top off with sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries into the glass and garnish with a lime slice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 0g
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    18 comments
    1. Janice Vranicar
      December 17, 2019 AT 7:27 am

      Are you using straight up NO SUGAR real cranberry juice? There are so many cranberry cocktail juices out there so just wondering. Would change the taste dramatically, I would think. Please let me know asap as I’m making this tonight and I bought regular no sugar added cranberry juice. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2019 AT 5:39 pm

        Hey Janice – I always go for the 100% juice with no added sugar. The one I used in this recipe is Lakewood’s organic cranberry blend. It’s 100% juice, but it has some sweet juices like apple and grape mixed in. How’d your drinks turn out for you?!

    2. Lucy
      December 15, 2019 AT 7:06 pm

      Can’t wait to try this. Ty!
      Do I just rinse cranberries or Blanche??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2019 AT 6:07 pm

        Hey Lucy! I normally use sugared cranberries as a topping in this drink. You can definitely just use fresh cranberries (cooked or uncooked).

    3. Lyla Peterson
      November 13, 2019 AT 11:20 am

      I love the idea of this lime and cranberry cocktail for holiday parties, especially since it only uses 6 ingredients. I am hosting a party this December for a handful of my friends. This sparkling cocktail sounds like a great option for the occasion since it is both refreshing and festive.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2019 AT 4:12 pm

        Yes, it’s such a great holiday drink! Definitely let me know if you make it and what you think. 🙂

    4. Catherine
      December 13, 2016 AT 11:58 pm

      So simple and so elegant…my favorite combo! This cocktail is a perfect holiday drink serve. Beautiful photos! xo, Catherine

    5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
      December 12, 2016 AT 9:45 pm

      What a fab cocktail! So festive, and I couldn’t love those sugared cranberries more!

    6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
      December 12, 2016 AT 6:53 am

      I adore cranberry drinks! So excited to try this!

    7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
      December 10, 2016 AT 4:56 pm

      When I don’t know what to drink, vodka, soda and a splash of some juice is my go to so this is basically that all dressed up for the season… <3

    8. Thyrone
      December 9, 2016 AT 11:05 pm

      It looks great. This is the right time to try such cocktails.
      Actually, I made my own cocktail with London dry gin and cranberry juice. I hope it will give the same feel as like gin and cranberry juice cocktail.
      Whatever, I’m sure that I will give a try on this awesome cocktail.
      Thanks for sharing with us Brittany.

    9. lindsay Cotter
      December 9, 2016 AT 10:49 pm

      I just love how refreshing this is! Which means it’s a year round cocktail. LIME love!!

    10. patty flowers
      December 9, 2016 AT 10:29 pm

      I have fresh bog

    11. Julia @ PB & Julia
      December 9, 2016 AT 8:51 pm

      Mmmmm I love the combination of cranberries and lime! The best!

    12. Christine @ Run Plant Based
      December 9, 2016 AT 10:05 am

      This sounds wonderful, cranberries would be amazing with lime. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 9, 2016 AT 11:46 am

        It’s such a good combo and so festive for the holidays too!

    13. Sarah | Well and Full
      December 9, 2016 AT 9:27 am

      I love the combination of cranberry + lime! This cocktail sounds delicious 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 9, 2016 AT 11:46 am

        Thanks Sarah!!

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