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This Cranberry Gin Cocktail is a twist on the classic gin and tonic. Add a shot of cranberry juice to make this festive Christmas morning cocktail.

Cranberry Gin Cocktail - 2 glasses with round ice cubes for a Christmas morning cocktail

Cranberry Gin Cocktail for Christmas Morning

I’ve been in full holiday mode lately! Thanksgiving brunch and Christmas brunch are one of my absolute favorite meals.

As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about the menu to serve. Today I want to share with you a cranberry gin cocktail that I made this week.

Cranberry Gin Mocktail - 2 glasses with orange garnish

Make this Cranberry Gin Cocktail Special

This is a twist on the classic gin and tonic.

To make it more festive, I add in a shot of cranberry juice and 2 slices of clementines.

It’s really a simple recipe. However there are a couple tricks that make this a special drink to serve.

Christmas morning cocktail idea with cranberry juice

Use Ice Balls for a Fun Christmas Cocktail

I love using ice balls for cocktails and mocktails. It’s one of those little things that make drinks a lot more fun to serve.

Here’s another example of ice balls in use. I freeze blueberry juice ice balls in this Minty Blueberry Lemon Mocktail.

Plus, they do melt slower than regular ice cubes. Meaning your cocktail stays more chilled and undiluted.

There are lots of different ice ball molds on the market. I’ve tried a few different ones. Some are more gimmicky than others

This ice sphere mold is the one that I currently use. I’ve have great success with. You can see it clearly in the picture below.

Cranberry Gin Mocktail with round ice cube

What kind of cranberry juice for this cocktail?

For this cranberry gin cocktail, I use this unsweetened pure cranberry juice. It’s a no sugar added, no sweetener, no preservatives, and no color added juice.

I linked to it so you can see it. But I bought it at my local market for a lower price.

Personally, I enjoyed the tartness of the cranberry juice in this cocktail. I think it would work well for Christmas morning at brunch.

Make it sweet

However, cranberry gin cocktail is equally delicious sweet. To do so, you can use a sweetened cranberry juice such as Ocean Spray.

Or if you like your cocktails very sweet, add in a shot of simple sugar syrup too.

What kind of gin to use?

This recipe uses a classic dry gin. Personally, I really like this Juniper Grove American Dry Gin. I discovered this brand because it’s made in the Sierra Nevadas, local to me.

This cocktail recipe works best with a gin that not too heavy in floral flavors.

Two Glasses of Cranberry Cocktail with Gin for Christmas brunch

Pair it with these brunch ideas

Before you go, here are delicious Thanksgiving Brunch Ideas and Christmas Brunch Ideas that go well with this cocktail.

Enjoy this Cranberry Gin Cocktail

I really hope you make this cranberry gin cocktail at least once this holiday season.

We’ll be making it over and over again. It’s delicious and quick.

Any questions? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Don’t miss these other brunch cocktails and mocktails that I think you’ll love.

Cranberry Gin Mocktail - 2 glasses with orange garnish

Cranberry Gin Cocktail

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Serves: 1 glass

This Cranberry Gin Cocktail is delicious and gorgeous to serve! It’s perfect for Christmas morning brunch. A twist on the classic gin and tonic.


  • 1 shot gin
  • 3 shots tonic water
  • 1 shot cranberry juice (sweetened or unsweetened, depending on your preference)
  • 2 thin slices clementine


  • Place the ice ball in a glass. Top with gin, tonic water and cranberry juice. Give it a little stir.

  • Garnish with a couple thin slices of clementines. Enjoy!

Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Cranberry Gin Cocktail

Cal : 123kcal

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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