Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail

When it comes holiday style, are you all about the sparkle or the sweatpants? Pour yourself a Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail, and let’s discuss.

Cranberry St. Germain CocktailThe sparkle allures me. After all, what other time of year could I feasibly don a glittery green skirt and be classy or a shiny snowman sweater with matching light-up earrings and be awesome?

Then, I flash forward to my feelings every year after my family’s two-day, double-dinner Thanksgiving extravaganza (Thursday with my dad’s side, Friday with my mom’s). My only sentiment: sweatpants. Only one year did I made the mistake of wearing a dress with a belt. That ensemble has not been repeated.

Fortunately for us, with a Cranberry St. Germain Cocktails in hand, we’ll be party pretty no matter what we are wearing. The sparkly lime sugar on the rim says so.

St. Germain Cocktail with Cranberry and Sugared RimIf you’ve never tasted St. Germain, it’s an elderflower liqueur that adds an airiness and floral quality to cocktails. It’s delicate. It’s French. It makes me feel fancy and classy, even in my best pair of men’s-sized, college-era PJs.

Cranberry St. Germain Cocktails. Warning: It is BOOZY. The perfect festive holiday drink!

Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail—The perfect holiday drink

Before your family arrives for Thursday’s feast (or tonight when you get home), mix up a big pitcher of these Cranberry St. Germain Cocktails, shake, pour, and sip. Whatever your choice of holiday attire, these ruby-red quenchers are sure to match.

Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail

A St. Germain cocktail that's party perfect for the holidays! St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, lime, and cranberry combine for a light and floral cocktail that sparkles. Make a single serving or prepare in a larger pitcher to serve a crowd.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, for rimming glass
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Frozen cranberries, for serving

Directions:

  1. Zest 1/2 of the lime into a small bowl and combine with rimming sugar, rubbing the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Sprinkle onto a small plate. Cut the lime into wedges, then use one to wet the edge of the serving glass. Gently tap the edge of the glass into the sugar, coating well. Set aside.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake vigorously to combine and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and frozen cranberries and serve.

For a party, increase recipe yield as needed, place in a pitcher, and chill before guests arrive. To serve, shake each guest's cocktail individually or chill very very well and pour immediately.

You can also find this recipe on Tablespoon, where I am a contributor.

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About Erin Clarke

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19 comments

  1. Beautiful cocktail. I love, love, love St. Germain it is wonderful in almost any cocktail.

  2. I love that we both went for the cranberry cocktails today. Between that and sweatpants, we sure know how to holiday. ;) Cheers, friend!

  3. I am craving all things cranberry lately! I want this cocktail!

  4. YUM! I’m all about the sparkle AND sweatpants. I’d be glad to enjoy one of these babies while wearing either! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  5. You know I love me some giggle juice:) Cheers, love!

  6. My family would it if I mixed up a big pitcher of this.

  7. These are kind of amazing. I think I need to mix a batch to bring along to family get-togethers.

  8. Lovely! I mix St Germain and champagne as my specialty drink for my open house for the Muses parade at Carnival time. I like this holiday recipe and will have to try it! Thank you!

  9. You and Steph are killing me today with the cranberry cocktails!! This looks so good and I think should be in my hand all TWO days of thanksgiving!

  10. Gorgeous! Simple & elegant – love the floral element of St Germain. Yum!

  11. This cocktail looks gorgeous! Love the cranberry and St. Germain – it’s so elegant and festive!

  12. I love the idea of this cocktail! St Germain is so delicious and will definitely add sparkle. I laughed at your one time ensemble with a belt. I get it girl!

  13. I absolutely adore St.Germain! It is one of my favorite spirits to add to any drink. These are so festive and fun, love them Erin!

  14. I adore St Germain, it’s one of my all-time favourites. The combination of elderflower with cranberry and lime sounds delicious Erin! Oh, and you are SO RIGHT about holiday cringeworthiness. I love it. Antlers, sparkles, knitted sweaters (or printed holiday t-shirts in Australia) and tinsel. So fun xxx

  15. I loooove looking at the sparkle…but ahhh, sweatpants :) Such a pretty drink, I am loving cranberries right now!

  16. I just love this drink soo much! Wow!

  17. Perfect timing! I wanted this recipe!!! I had one of these (okay, I had TWO) at the Nordstrom holiday party on Thanksgiving weekend, and I asked what was in it. I’ve been dying to recreate it, and you just made it very easy on me with the proper proportions and everything! YAY!

  18. This sounds delicious!  I would love it if you would ink it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black! 

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