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Sparkling Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

This vodka cranberry cocktail is a fresh and sparkling cocktail made with vodka and cranberry of course, in addition to some festive Champagne or Prosecco! It also has a jolly good tangerine vanilla bean syrup to sweeten the deal to perfection. 


Three vintage cocktail glasses with cranberry vodka and cranberry garnish.


It is a sweet, tart, and juicy cocktail with a dash of fresh sparkling wine. And if you like this drink, I'm sure you will also love the ginger pear bellini, grapefruit mimosa, and this sparkling plum drink


Why you'll love this recipe


I think this is the perfect vodka cranberry for the Holidays because it is

  • festive-looking
  • sparkling 
  • fresh 
  • mostly tart but a little sweet
  • easy to make
  • but sounds and looks fancy
  • you can garnish with sugared cranberries


One cocktail seen from above with three cranberries on a cocktail pin.




So to make this cocktail you don't need that many things, but remember that this is a festive cocktail, so we are splurging on a real vanilla bean and Champagne or Prosecco. 


  • Cranberry juice - a perfectly tart base for the drink
  • Vodka - a mostly flavorless alcohol to not overpower the other delicate flavors
  • Champagne - or Prosecco, for a fresh and sparkling mouthfeel + it's the New Year's!
  • Tangerines - or clementines/oranges for a fresh citrus addition. 
  • Vanilla bean - spice it up with some warm vanilla bean. You can use vanilla bean paste in a pinch.
  • Sugar and water - to make a simple syrup for the tangerines.
  • Sugared cranberries - to garnish. Although the sparkles in the Champagne melt the sugar off. Looks good for a short while though!


Ingredients to make the cranberry vodka cocktail.


Step-by-step instructions


To make this recipe you'll first have to make the tangerine vanilla bean syrup. Split open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds, add the seeds and the beans to a small saucepan. 


To the same saucepan, add the zest of 1 and juice of 2 tangerines (or clementines or 1 orange). Also, add the sugar and water.


On medium heat, let it come to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes before you let it cool completely.


Close-up of the tangerine vanilla bean syrup.


Once the tangerine vanilla bean syrup has cooled, you can continue with the cranberry vodka cocktail:


Pour cranberry juice, vodka, and tangerine vanilla bean syrup into your serving glasses. Stir to combine. Top the glasses with Champagne or Prosecco.


If you don't want to use sparkling wine, you can use sparkling water or seltzer. 


Either way, enjoy!


Pouring champagne into cranberry vodka cocktail.




The vanilla bean syrup can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a clean jar.  


If you want to make the cocktails in advance, you can do everything apart from the sparkling Prosecco or Champagne. That should be freshly poured to enjoy the sparkles.


Sugared cranberries can also be made well in advance, just do not store them in the refrigerator, but in a cool and dry place. 


The tangerine syrup, cranberry juice and vodka seen from above, with festive decorations around.


Recipe FAQs

Why is a vodka cranberry called a Cape Cod?

A vodka cranberry is sometimes referred to as a Cape Cod or Cape Codder. The name is derived from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a peninsula on the East coast of the US, which is famous for cultivating cranberries. 


Vodka cranberry ratio

Some say 3:1, some say 4:1. I say, taste as you go. Do you like it? Perfect. 


The whole point is to find something you enjoy drinking. Whether it's a 'real' cranberry vodka cocktail, or 'real' gin fizz doesn't really matter if you ask me. The ratios can be to your own liking. 


Of course, there are still some rules for you to call it a cranberry vodka, a whiskey sour, old-fashioned, etc. For example, a vodka cranberry needs to contain both cranberry and vodka. Other than that, it's fine. 


Three vintage glasses with cranberry vodka champagne.


Expert tips


1) Low-calorie cranberry vodka: Cranberry vodka is often the choice of cocktail for people watching their calorie intake. And if you feel like you want a low-calorie sparkling vodka cranberry cocktail, this is what I would do:


Instead of the Prosecco or Champagne, use sparkling water. For the sugar in the tangerine syrup, use another sweetener. 


Monk fruit sweetener can work, although it runs the risk of crystalizing once it cools. I've heard a pinch of xantham gum in the syrup can prevent this, although I have not tried it. 


Allulose monk fruit is best suited for simple syrups as it doesn't crystallize just as easily. Use 1:1 ratio of monk fruit to water, but taste as you go before you add it to your cocktail.  


2) Other juices: if you want other juices that complement the tangerine vanilla bean syrup, I would go for pomegranate, grape, or plum juice. The same ratio as for the cranberry juice. Easy substitute!


3) Other sparklings (yes now it's a word): you can use any sparkling beverages you want. All we want is a slight fizz to the drink. My favorites include of course Champagne and Prosecco, sparkling water, or seltzer. 


Three vintage glasses with cranberry vodka cocktail and cranberry garnish.


How would you drink it?


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📖 Recipe

Three vintage cocktail glasses with cranberry vodka and cranberry garnish.

Sparkling Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This vodka cranberry cocktail is a fresh, sweet, tart and juicy cocktail with a delicious dash of sparkling Champagne and tangerine syrup!


For one cocktail

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 ounce vodka (2 tablespoons)
  • ½ ounce tangerine vanilla bean simple syrup, see below (1 tablespoon, to taste)
  • Champagne to top, about 2 ounces
  • Sugared cranberries and gold dust, for garnish (optional)

Tangerine vanilla bean syrup

  • ½ cup sugar (100 grams)
  • ½ cup water (125 mililiters)
  • 2 tangerines/clementines - peel of one and juice of two
  • 1 vanilla bean, split open with seeds (1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste in a pinch)


  1. For the tangerine vanilla bean syrup: Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Split open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds, add both seeds and bean to the saucepan.
  2. On medium heat, simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in a clean jar for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 1 cup.
  3. For the cocktail, pour cranberry syrup, vodka, and tangerine vanilla bean syrup to a serving glass. Stir to combine. Top off with Champagne (or Prosecco or sparkling water).
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of edible gold dust and sugared cranberries for a festive look.


Recipe for sugared cranberries

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 17.6gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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amy liu dong

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

It looks like a perfect drink to prepare for this Christmas. My sister will def love this!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Thanks Amy!

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