Spiced Christmas Cranberry [cocktail]

December 9, 2017


With shorter hours of daylight each day, longer hours in the kitchen prepping festive treats, and even more rushing from shop to shop trying to find that perfect gift to make your special someone’s day… Times like these call for a festive, and ridiculously simple to make cocktail to warm the heart.

This one is perfect to share with the family and bring to parties, and is guaranteed to be a great people-pleaser. They’d never guess it contained only three ingredients! Its almost too delicious to be true.


Scroll to the bottom of the page for the quick recipe.

Ingredients – – –

Makes one drink

  • Double shot of Clementine Spiced Whisky Sour (make your own, or M&S do a great one!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
  • Cranberry Juice

To Garnish, if required …

  • Ice
  • A sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 3 shiny cranberries
  • A slice of clementine



Step One – – –

Mix 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with a little bit of hot water. The cinnamon isn’t going to dissolve, but it is going to make it much easier to mix into the drink.

Step Two – – –

Grab your cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one that’s okay too, just make sure you pour this over ice at the end – its way better cold! Fill the shaker with 2-3 ice cubes, then pour over your double shot of Clementine Whisky Sour, followed by the cinnamon water and top up with cranberry juice.

Step Three – – –

Shake. Preferably to the rhythm of Carol of the Bells. *shaking intensifies*

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Step Four – – –

Strain and pour into a glass with fresh ice. Your cocktail should have a rich red colour. You can stop right here if you like, with or without ice. But if you’d like to make it that little bit extra special, I’ll explain how I’ve garnished below.



To Make The Garnish


You’ll need three fresh cranberries, one cocktail stick, and a sprig of rosemary.

Spear the three cranberries one by one onto the cocktail stick. They should sit somewhere in the middle with half a centimetre at one end so it can rest on the rim of your glass. At the other end, the end that isn’t half a centimetre, take your sprig of rosemary and pierce it the cranberry, above the cocktail stick. This, alongside a slice of clementine or orange makes a beautiful garnish that looks like it took a lot longer than the minute it just did. See below for an example.


That’s all for today, folks! I had a lot of fun making this one. Although – note to self, my table slants a little. I spent most of the photo shoot chasing cranberries rolling off the edge of the table and making a dash for the front door. It was a missed opportunity not to get some ‘action photos’ of them.

On further investigation, I’m convinced my entire flat slants just a little.


If you make this cocktail, tag me in it at #citrusandcinnamon. I’d love to see your creations !!



Christmas Spiced Cranberry Cocktail

A super easy, three ingredient festive Christmas cocktail featuring Whisky Sour, Cranberry and Cinnamon.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 Glass


  • 2 Shots Clementine Spiced Whisky Sour
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • Cranberry Juice


  1. Add 1/8 cinnamon powder to hot water and mix thoroughly.

  2. Put the cinnamon water along with ice, your whisky shots and the cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker.

  3. Shake thoroughly before straining into a cold glass.

  4. [Optional] To garnish, add extra ice, a slice of clementine, fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

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  • Reply Catherine Brown January 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    This looks fantastic! I really love a colorful cocktail… and that rosemary cranberry garnish is PERFECT! 🙂

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon January 27, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Thanks so much! A similar garnish can be done with almost any small fruit!

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