Fresh Cranberry Vodka Spritzers with Rosemary

If you’ve never tried a fresh cranberry vodka cocktail, here’s your chance! All you need is a bag of cranberries, a bottle of vodka, and a blender. For this recipe I’ve added homemade rosemary simple syrup to create a festive holiday cocktail!

Cranberry vodka spritzer over ice with rosemary sprig.

Don’t hate me, but I wasn’t even going to share this vodka cranberry recipe with you.

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and this year I’m not hosting (hallelujah!) so I’m working on putting together all of my dishes to bring to my sister’s place.

A festive cocktail is always in order, so I decided to create a riff of my favorite rain drop cocktail by working with fresh cranberries.

Jars of cranberry vodka and a jar of rosemary simple syrup.

Once I did a little taste-testing (for quality control) this morning, I decided to snap a few pictures and get this up on the blog immediately so all my fellow last-minute-makers could have it ready by tomorrow.

Here’s what’s in the cranberry drink: fresh (homemade!) cranberry juice, freshly infused cranberry vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and a touch of sparkling water.

I just love this combination of tart cranberries and fragrant rosemary. It’s absolutely perfect for the holidays!

Glass of cranberry vodka spritzer with a jar of rosemary simple syrup on the side.

This works best if you plan ahead by starting this cranberry vodka recipe the night before.

You begin by tossing some fresh cranberries and water in a blender and pulverizing them.

I left this mixture in the fridge overnight for maximum infusion of the cranberry flavor into the water to create cranberry juice, but I bet you could get away with less time than that if you’re in an incredible rush.

Glass of cranberry vodka spritzer.

Pour this mixture through a fine mesh strainer and collect the cranberry juice — you should have two cups.

Return all that pulpy goodness from the strainer to the blender and pour in a cup of vodka. Blend it again, then strain the vodka from the pulp for cranberry infused vodka (no need to wait this time – alcohol is an excellent flavor extractor!).

To make the rosemary simple syrup, just combine some sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs in a little pot and boil a minute or two until the sugar is dissolved.

Cranberry Vodka Spritzer in a glass over ice and fresh cranberries.

Mix the cranberry juice, cranberry infused vodka, and rosemary syrup together, then divide it into ice-filled rocks glasses and top with sparkling water.

I decided to go with the “mix it all together” method because I’m bringing this over to my sister’s and don’t need to spend the whole day mixing drinks for family members.

If you’d rather keep the elements separate and prepare drinks one at a time, I’ve left notes in the recipe card with precise measurements.

Bottles of fresh cranberry vodka.

This cranberry rosemary cocktail recipe fills three 8.5-ounce hermetic flasks, which are incidentally super gorgeous and fun to bring to a party:

Just bring along some sparkling water and pray the host has ice (<–or bring an ice bucket and a bag of ice).

Bottles of fresh cranberry vodka spritzers.

This vodka cranberry cocktail would also make a lovely gift — just look how pretty the bottles are with some simple twine and a sprig of rosemary!

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Fresh cranberry vodka served in a glass.

Fresh Cranberry Vodka Spritzers with Rosemary Recipe

This Fresh Cranberry Vodka is simpler than you think – grab a bag of zesty cranberries and a bottle of your favorite vodka. But here's the twist: blend these with homemade rosemary simple syrup to create a festive holiday cocktail!
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 9 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Linda
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  • 4 cups fresh cranberries - plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 sprigs rosemary - plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounce sparkling water
  • 4 cups ice
  • 2 cups water


  • Place the cranberries in the pitcher of a blender along with two cups of water. Blend on high until completely pureed with no large chunks remaining. Refrigerate overnight to infuse the cranberry flavor into the water and make the cranberry juice.
  • Strain the liquid from the cranberry mixture; you should collect two cups of cranberry juice.
  • Meanwhile, place ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, and 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil; boil until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Remove rosemary sprigs and discard.
  • Return the pulp to the blender pitcher along with the cup of vodka. Blend well, and strain to get cranberry-infused vodka.
  • Mix the cranberry-infused vodka with the cranberry juice to make three cups of liquid. Stir in the cooled rosemary syrup.
  • Divide the ice into eight 8-ounce rock glasses (½ cup each). Top each glass with just shy of ¼ cup of the cranberry mix (3 and ¾ ounces).
  • Top each glass with one ounce of sparkling water. Stir gently, and garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.


Storage Info:
To store fresh cranberry vodka, put it in a tightly sealed bottle or container in the refrigerator, where it will remain good for up to two weeks. The fridge preserves the freshness of the cranberries and the quality of the vodka. If you opt to freeze it, remember that it might not freeze solid due to the high alcohol content. Use a freezer-safe container and leave room for expansion. Although freezing can extend its shelf life beyond two weeks, be aware that the texture and flavor may change slightly after thawing. For optimal quality, consume the frozen cranberry vodka within a few months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Enjoy Responsibly. This post and recipe are intended for those of legal drinking age.

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  1. I’m hoping you can help me, wanting to make this tomorrow. I’m confused on the straining part, when you say “Return the pulp to the blender pitcher along with the cup of vodka.” Is this the juice that was strained originally, or the pulp that was collected in the strainer? Because it then says, “Blend well, strain, and mix the vodka with the collected juice to make three cups of liquid.” It’s now talking about the collected juice. I’m assuming the pulp is a separate thing than the juice collected?

    1. Hi Mikayla, thank you for the question. The answer to your question is that it is the pulp that was collected to mix in the blender with the vodka. I have added more details to the recipe instructions to clarify this. Basically, you blend the cranberries with water to create cranberry juice and set the juice aside. Then you re-blend the cranberry pulp with the vodka to make cranberry infused vodka. At this point, you can throw out the pulp and just mix in the cranberry juice with the infused vodka and the flavored simple syrup.