You guys, I love a good mocktail! I actually don’t drink, so mocktails are always my go to! You’ll find me creating them for small gatherings or when if I’m feeling fancy on a weekend! I like mocktails that aren’t too sweet for the most part but I certainly don’t mind it if they are. This refreshing cranberry mocktail recipe will have your taste buds dancing with joy. Specifically for Christmas, this mocktail is the perfect way to add a burst of festive flavor to any of your holiday gatherings, whether it’s a cozy night in with family or a mini celebration with friends.

With its vibrant red color and tangy-sweet taste, cranberry is for sure the star of the show in this mocktail. Packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C, cranberries not only add a burst of flavor but also provide a healthy boost to your immune system during the chilly winter months.

So,What exactly is a Mocktail?

Mocktails are festive, non-alcoholic party drinks to replace alcoholic cocktail beverages. Hence the mock! When you’re a non drinker these drinks sorta help you fit in with the crowd and enjoy some of the fun without the alcohol. If you have friends that don’t drink you can put out little recipes at your next party so they can help themselves. I love when my friends do this! I also love when restaurants have dry options ( dry is another word for non-alcoholic drinks). It’s just a little gesture that says you are welcomed here! 

Christmas Mocktail with Cranberries

Benefits of Cranberry Mocktails

So cranberry mocktails are not only delicious but also offer tons of health benefits. Did you know that cranberries are known for their high antioxidant content, which helps protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation and cranberries are a rich source of Vitamin C?! Also they can strengthen the immune system and help fight off colds and flu during the winter months. It’s a super berry!!

Cranberry Christmas Mocktail

My Favorite Popular Cranberry Mocktail Recipes

Here are a few of my favorites to inspire you:

1. Cranberry Sparkler: This mocktail combines cranberry juice, sparkling water, and a splash of lime juice. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for an elegant touch.

2. Cranberry Mule: A twist on the classic Moscow Mule, this mocktail features cranberry juice, ginger beer, and a squeeze of lime. Serve in a copper mug for a festive presentation.

3. Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail: This mocktail version of the classic Cosmopolitan is made with cranberry juice, lime juice, and a splash of orange juice. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass for a sophisticated mocktail experience.

The possibilities are endless. You can also just create your own creation! Mix your favorite juices with a cranberry base and have fun!

Ingredients for a Refreshing Christmas Cranberry Mocktail

To make our refreshing Christmas Cranberry Mocktail, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of grenadine
  • 3-4 oz of ginger ale
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh cranberries

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Cranberry Mocktail

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to make your cranberry mocktail. Follow these simple steps:

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine cranberry juice, orange juice and grenadine.

2. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill the ingredients and mix them well.

3. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mocktail mixture into the glass.

4. Top it off with ginger ale to add a refreshing fizz.

5. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for a festive touch.

6. Give the mocktail a gentle stir to combine the flavors.

7. Serve and enjoy your refreshing Christmas Cranberry Mocktail!

Mocktails with Cranberries

Tips for Garnishing and Serving Cranberry Mocktails

Garnishing and serving cranberry mocktails can take them to the next level. Here are some tips to make your mocktails look as good as they taste. Shop my favorites below!

  • Use a festive glassware: Serve your cranberry mocktails in beautiful glassware to create a visually appealing presentation. Consider using martini glasses, stemless wine glasses, or even mason jars for a rustic touch.
  • Experiment with garnishes: In addition to fresh cranberries and mint or rosemary sprigs, you can get creative with your garnishes. Try adding a twist of lime or orange peel, a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, or even a sugared rim for extra flair.
  • Add a touch of sparkle: To make your cranberry mocktails extra festive, consider adding a splash of edible glitter or a few edible gold flakes. This will give your mocktails a shimmering and magical appearance. I REALLY want to try this next time!
  • Serve with a festive dispenser: Enhance the presentation of your mocktails by using decorative dispensers! You can find dispensers in various shapes and colors, such Christmas trees, or Ornaments!

I picked up that adorable Christmas tree dispenser from Home Centric/ Burkes Outlet online. It was such a good find. Because it’s one of those stores where the inventory changes daily it’s not available! But I did find it at another store. You can shop it below if you want to add it to your own collection! I like to keep it in the box until I use it again, but you can store it in your pantry if you have room!

Festive Christmas Mocktail

By paying attention to the details, you can transform a simple cranberry mocktail into a show-stopping centerpiece for your holiday celebrations.

Pairing Cranberry Mocktails with Holiday Dishes

Cranberry mocktails pair well are going to pair great with your holiday dishes. The tartness of cranberries complements savory flavors and balances out rich and indulgent dishes. Check out some yummy parings

  • – Roast Turkey: Cranberry mocktails are a classic accompaniment to roast turkey. The tartness of the cranberries cuts through the richness of the meat and adds a burst of flavor to each bite.
  • – Cheese Platter: Serve cranberry mocktails alongside a selection of cheeses for a delightful contrast of flavors. The tangy cranberries complement the creamy and savory notes of various cheeses.
  • – Festive Salads: Cranberry mocktails can be a refreshing palate cleanser when served with festive salads.
  • – Sweet Treats: Cranberry mocktails can also be enjoyed with sweet treats. Pair them with cranberry tarts, pumpkin pie, or even chocolate desserts.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own favorite pairings. Cranberry mocktails are very versatile which allows them to complement a range of holiday dishes!

Enjoy the Holiday Season with a Cranberry Mocktail

As the holiday season approches, hopefully you try this Christmas mocktail and add some festive flair for all your non-alcoholic friends! It’s certainly not ground breaking haha. But it’s simple and yummy! Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it either! Get creative with garnishes, experiment with variations, and pair them with your favorite holiday dishes. I’ll be pinning all these mocktail drinks on my new Pinterest mocktail board so make sure you’re following me on Pinterest to join me! I have such a fun time pinning. It’s a great place to be inspired to try something new.

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Or you can pin this to your own board! Check out the recipe below.

See these other mocktails!

Christmas mocktail with ginger ale and cranberries
Cranberry Christmas Mocktail

Cranberry Christmas Mocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A delicious mocktail perfect for Christmas gatherings. I love to have a fancy drink in hand. So if you're pregnant or living a alcohol free life this mocktail is the perfect drink for you! For even more flavor muddle the cranberries in the cocktail shaker before!


  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of grenadine
  • 3-4 oz of ginger ale
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh cranberries


  1. Add the first three ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and pour into a wine tumbler .
  3. Top off with ginger ale.
  4. Garnish mocktail with fresh cranberries and sprig of rosemary!


Great for everyday or holidays.

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