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Christmas Martini

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This tangy and refreshing Christmas Martini recipe is easy to make and perfect for holiday parties! Enjoy the sweet tart flavors of cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and vanilla vodka finished with a splash of seltzer water all season long.

Check out the Holiday Martinis page for even more festive, easy to whip up martini recipes for any holiday gathering throughout the year!

Red Christmas Martini recipe garnished with fresh rosemary sprig and two cranberries surrounded by pine cones.

This simple cocktail is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer throughout the season, and your guests will love it! It is one of those drinks that you can whip up in no time giving you more time to spend with friends and family.

What you will need

Ingredients needed to make Christmas Martinis.
  • Cranberry juice is the star of this festive cocktail. The sweetness of your cranberry juice will determine whether or not you need to add simple syrup to your drink.
  • Vanilla vodka gives this cocktail it’s kick with a subtle hint of vanilla, but any high quality vodka will work.
  • An orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier gives you a burst of citrus flavor to brighten the over all flavor. Triple Sec can be substituted but the orange flavor will not be as strong.
  • Seltzer water is simply plain carbonated water, not mineral water, that gives the drink a bit of fizz and sparkle to make it special.
  • Ice cubes and a cocktail shaker to chill the cocktail.
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries are used to garnish.

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

Bright red cocktail in a martini glass garnished with rosemary and cranberries.

How to make an easy Christmas Martini

Pour the vodka, cranberry juice, and orange liqueur into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Cranberry juice, vodka, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

Secure the lid and shake for 30 seconds to chill.

Strain into a martini glass and top off with seltzer water.

Cranberry juice, vanilla vodka, and seltzer in a martini glass surrounded by rosemary, cranberries, and pine cones.

Strip the leaves off the bottom portion of a rosemary sprig then slide the fresh cranberries onto the end. Place in the cocktail and serve.

Two, red Christmas Martinis garnished with rosemary sprigs and cranberries surrounded by pine cones.

This gorgeous red cocktail is not just for Christmas, it would also be perfect for Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day garnished with an orange wedge or orange peel.

Tools used to create this cranberry vodka martini

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Red Christmas Martini recipe garnished with fresh rosemary sprig and two cranberries surrounded by pine cones.

Christmas Martini

A tangy, refreshing Christmas Martini recipe made with cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and vanilla vodka finished with a splash of seltzer.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanila vodka martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker

Ingredients

  • ice
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka like Absolut
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 0.5 ounce orange liqueur like Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup (optional) if using unsweetened cranberry juice
  • seltzer water plain carbonated water

Instructions

  • Pour the vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur (simple syrup if using) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Secure the lid and shake for 30 seconds to chill.
  • Strain into a martini glass and top off with seltzer water.
  • Strip the leaves off the bottom portion of a rosemary sprig then slide the fresh cranberries onto the end. Place in the cocktail and serve.

Notes

  • Always taste your cocktail and adjust the sweetness, vodka, or cranberry juice amounts as needed before serving.
  • High quality ingredients make high quality cocktails. The overall flavor and balance of the drink is worth a few extra dollars.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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