Vodka Cranberry with Lime

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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 soda 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, a vodka soda with lime is my number one.

This year, I thought it would be fun to put a festive spin on my go-to cocktail and came up with this 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 festive pop of color.

Two glasses filled with vodka cranberry over ice. Each has been topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.

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, pour into a glass, top with sparkling water and cranberries and enjoy!

Ingredients measured out to make Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime: lime sparkling water, vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and fresh cranberries.

Here’s What You Need

  • vodka – I used original Absolut vodka, but any brand of vodka will work!
  • cranberry juice – I used Lakewood’s organic cranberry blend.
  • lime juice – I recommend freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor!
  • sparkling water – I used lime La Croix, which gives this drink some citrus effervescence.
  • fresh or sugared cranberries – this garnish makes the drink extra festive! Here is an easy to follow recipe for sugared cranberries.
A clear shaker glass with cranberry and vodka after being shaken.

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.

Side by side photos of a vodka cranberry in a shaker. The first photo, a hand is squeezing lime into the shaker. The second photo is the shaker shaken up.
Side by side photos: photo one is a shaker of vodka cranberry being poured into a glass of ice. Photo two is the glass being topped off with lime sparkling water.

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 closeup photo of a short glass filled with vodka cranberry over ice and topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.

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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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1.5 ounces vodka, about 1 shot
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice, about 2 shots
  • splash of lime juice
  • lime sparkling water
  • fresh cranberries
  • ice

Instructions 

  • Add vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
    A clear shaker glass filled with vodka, cranberry and ice. A hand is squeezing fresh lime juice from a lime wedge into the shaker. Ingredients for vodka cranberry are scattered around the shaker.
  • Pour mixture over ice and top off with sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries into the glass and garnish with a lime slice.
    Two glasses. One glass containing vodka cranberry, the other glass being filled with vodka cranberry from a shaker above.

Notes

  • Feel free to swap sugared cranberries for the fresh cranberries to make the drink extra festive. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vodka cranberry
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24 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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?!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you very much, Brittany, for this recipe of Sparkling Vodka Cranberry with Lime. A cocktail like this is a must in the summer season.

    Adding few cranberries on top is a nice suggestion. Thank you very much. Keep sharing such articles.

  4. 5 stars
    Been making this sans vodka and it is as you say, light and refreshing. Love taking the lime and rubbing the edge of the glass!! Ocean Spray has a great cranberry sparkling water that is a good substitute when you run out of cranberry juice. Another EBF success!!

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