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

Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Time:
5 mins
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.


  • 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


  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.

Recipe Notes

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.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail, Easy Drink Recipe

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