Cran-Merry Vodka Cocktail

by Erin

Dress up your cranberry vodka cocktail for the holidays with rosemary and a few other subtle notes that will leave you feeling festive.

Cranberry Vodka with Rosemary

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I was provided with complimentary vodka from Buckeye Vodka for this recipe. Recipe is intended for individuals ages 21 & up, please drink responsibly. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This content also contains Amazon affiliate links from which I earn on qualifying purchases.

While brainstorming names for this cocktail, I learned that a Cranberry Vodka is also known as a Cape Cod. Which sent me down a rabbit hole and ended up with me originally coming up with the name No Mass Holiday Cocktail. Because not only should you not be having mass gatherings this holiday season, but Cape Cod is in Massachusetts. So punny. But then I came up with this simpler name that better depicts what it is without seeing it first – a more festive Cranberry Vodka!

Cran-Merry Vodka Cocktail #BuckeyeVodka

I cannot take any credit for this cocktail as my friend Haley has again come to my assistance. We both love playing around in the kitchen, but she has taken her cocktail making skills to another level and I tend to defer to her these days. And for good reason because this cocktail is delicious!

The base is like I mentioned, a cranberry vodka. But it gets a bit of festive flair with the addition of rosemary simple syrup and allspice dram (I even got to use my JoyJolt Black Swan glasses). Serve with a splash of bubbly if so inclined, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries (or step it up with sugared cranberries) and you are ready to take on the holidays!

Cranberry Vodka Holiday Cocktail

Five years ago: Bacon Wrapped Breakfast Casserole Muffins

Six years ago: Ham Florentine Stuffed French Toast

Seven years ago: Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Eight years ago: Buckeye Cupcakes

Nine years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie

Ten years ago: Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Vodka with Rosemary


Yield: 1 serving Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 oz. Buckeye vodka
  • 3/4 oz. rosemary simple syrup (homemade* or prepared)
  • 1/4 oz. allspice dram
  • 1/4 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1-2 oz. Prosecco (optional)
  • Ice
  • Fresh cranberries and rosemary, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, stir all ingredients together.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Prosecco if desired.
  3. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary and serve immediately.


*For homemade: Add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 sprigs of rosemary to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat just until it bubbles. Turn down to low for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Chill until ready to use.

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Susan November 25, 2020 - 12:12 pm

I love your punny thinking! (note that I got it before finishing the whole sentence…) I should always read your posts through because I often learn things – like what allspice dram is, something I’ve never heard of before. Thank you for a good laugh with your puns – I needed it.

Erin November 27, 2020 - 7:25 am

Glad to help brighten your day and I hope the next day is even better.


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