Have yourself a merry mistletoe martini! Vodka and cranberry juice, a rosemary simple syrup recipe, and festive sugared cranberries make an easy, holiday twist on a classic cocktail. This vodka cranberry cocktail bursts with a sweet rosemary flavor balanced by tart cranberry juice. Cranberry mocktail instructions included. 

two cocktail glasses filled with mistletoe martini and topped with sugared cranberries and sprigs of rosemary

What Makes This Recipe Great

Imagine the perfect holiday cocktail. Are you thinking rosemary-flavored simple syrup, cranberry juice, fresh lime, and vodka, all shaken together, topped with club soda, and garnished with sugared cranberries and rosemary sprigs? Because I am! Enter, my delicious cranberry vodka mistletoe martini with rosemary simple syrup.

With easy ingredients and a beautiful presentation, this is the perfect cranberry vodka cocktail for any holiday occasion. Make two for date night, or a batch for your holiday party. You can even omit the vodka for a merry mistletoe mocktail!

Ingredient Notes

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Please see the recipe card below for the full list of ingredients. 

Vodka: I use Tito’s, which makes a certified gluten-free vodka that is budget friendly and tastes great. 

Cranberry Juice: You can use 100% cranberry juice which has no added sugar or cranberry juice cocktail which is lighter in color and has added sugar. Keep in mind that 100% cranberry juice is much more tart.

Lime Juice: I recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice, however, a bottle will work in a pinch. 

Infused Simple Syrup: I’ve included instructions on how to make my super easy rosemary simple syrup. It’s just 3 ingredients and adds so much flavor to this mistletoe martini. 

Sugared Cranberries: See my recipe below for easy sugared cranberries. A pretty, festive way to garnish this cranberry vodka cocktail. 

Club Soda: I top my martini off with club soda to give them a sparkling finish. If you don’t like the bubbles, feel free to top them off with a bit more cranberry juice. 

Fresh Rosemary Sprigs: You will use these to make the simple syrup and use them for garnish. 

Recipe Step by Step

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. Add the water, granulated sugar, and rosemary into a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then remove it from the heat and let it cool.

Sugared Cranberries

  1. Add the 1/2 cup cranberries to the pot with the warm simple syrup. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries and transfer them to a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to dry for a few minutes. 
  2. Add the cranberries into a bowl.
  3. Toss to coat them completely.
  4. Lay them back out on the cooling rack or a foil-lined baking sheet to dry. 

Mistletoe Martini

  1. Combine the Tito’s, lime juice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. 
  2. Pour into 2 glasses over ice (or sans ice for straight up) filling about 3/4 of the way to the top. Fill the glasses up the rest of the way with club soda if desired. 
  3. Garnish with sugared cranberries and a fresh rosemary sprig in each glass. 
a cocktail shaker pouring a mistletoe martini into a glass filled with ice

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

Batch Cocktail: To make a larger batch (this recipe makes 2 martinis), click “print” on the recipe card below and increase the servings to the number of martinis you need to make. The ingredients will adjust accordingly. 

Leftover Syrup: Save your extra simple syrup in a jar or glass bottle in the fridge for additional cocktails or another mistletoe martini throughout the season. 

Glasses: Use your favorite cocktail glass, martini glass, or coupe to serve this cranberry vodka cocktail. I’ve even seen them served in mason jars which are so cute! 

Cranberry Mocktail: Follow all the recipe instructions, and just omit the vodka. This cranberry mocktail will be a hit!

upclose shot of two cranberry vodka cocktails topped with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this mistletoe martini “skinny”

It already is relatively skinny with 163 calories and 8 net carbs. However, you can cut the simple syrup in half if you’d like for it to be skinnier. Also, make sure you use 100% cranberry juice which has no added sugar. You can also monkfruit sweetener instead of sugar!

Can I serve it without ice?

Yes! You can make it a classic martini by shaking all ingredients (except the club soda) with ice in a cocktail shaker. Then, strain over a martini glass, top with club soda (or omit for a stronger cocktail), garnish, and serve!

Types of gluten free alcohol?

I usually stick with vodka made from corn or potatoes (like Tito’s), or gin, tequila, and rum since they are naturally gluten free. However, pure, distilled whiskey (or bourbon) is considered gluten-free. Most hard liquors are safe for people with celiac disease because of the distillation process. However, make sure to look for hidden gluten in liquor that add flavorings or other additives after distillation.

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Cranberry Vodka Mistletoe Martini with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Vodka and cranberry juice, a rosemary simple syrup recipe, and festive sugared cranberries make an easy, holiday twist on a classic cocktail. This vodka cranberry cocktail bursts with a sweet rosemary flavor balanced by tart cranberry juice.
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Ingredients

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Sugared Cranberries

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Martini

  • 4 oz Tito's vodka
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • club soda for topping off
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, for garnish

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Make the simple syrup. Add the water, sugar, and rosemary into a small sauce pan and stir over medium heat until bubbling and the sugar is dissolved. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Make the sugared cranberries: Add the 1/2 cup cranberries to the pot with the cooled simple syrup. Stir for a moment, then use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries transfer them to a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to dry for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cranberries to a bowl with the 1/2 cup sugar and toss to coat. Lay them back out on the cooling rack or a foil-lined baking sheet to dry.
  • Combine the Tito's, lime juice, cranberry juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Pour into 2 glasses over ice (or martini glasses with no ice), filling about 3/4 of the way to the top. Fill the glasses up the rest of the way with club soda if desired.
  • Garnish with sugared cranberries and a sprig of rosemary in each glass. 

Notes

Batch Cocktail: To make a larger batch (this recipe makes 2 martinis), click “print” on the recipe card below and increase the servings to the number of martinis you need to make. The ingredients will adjust accordingly. 
Leftover Syrup: Save your extra simple syrup in a jar in the fridge for additional cocktails or a mistletoe martini throughout the season. 
Glasses: Use your favorite cocktail glass, martini glass, or coupe to serve this cranberry vodka cocktail. I’ve even seen them served in mason jars which are so cute! 
Mocktail: Follow all the recipe instructions, and just omit the vodka. This mistletoe mocktail will be a hit!

Nutrition

Serving: 1martini, Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 0.4g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 77mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.2mg