Talk about a must-have. Cranberry is a basic flavor for fall and a huge necessity behind the bar.

This fruit is the ingredient in a number of cocktail recipes as its sweet-tart flavor complements many ingredients and also lightens and brightens heavier fall cocktails. Cranberry also happens to be an essential ingredient on the Thanksgiving table, so cranberry cocktails have a natural affinity with holiday fare. Here are four refreshing cranberry cocktails to try.

Cran Cosmo

Cran Cosmo

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Cran Cosmo

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
  • 1 part Orange Liqueur
  • 2 parts Club Soda
  • 1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lime
  • Club Soda Top

Preparation: Combine vodka, orange liqueur and lime juice; top with club soda.


Cran Master Sage

Cran Master Sage

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Cran Master Sage

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. St. George Botanivore Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Cranberry Simple Syrup*
  • 4 Sage Leaves
  • 1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • 4 oz. The Hatchet Organic Sonoma Hard Cider
  • Sage Leaf and Fresh Cranberries (for Garnish)

Preparation: Muddle sage with all ingredients but cider. Shake with ice for 15 seconds and strain into glass. Top with 4 oz cider and then fill glass with ice. Garnish with sage leaf and cranberries on a pick.

*Cranberry Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups (8 oz.) Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water

Preparation: In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender but haven’t burst, 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard cranberries.


Cranberry Fizz

Cranberry Fizz

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Cranberry Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 1 part SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry
  • 2 parts Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Fresh Cranberries (for Garnish)

Preparation: Build ingredients in a glass over ice. Garnish with cranberries.


Cranberry Sparkler

Cranberry Sparkler

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Cranberry Sparkler

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 1 oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
  • Cranberries (for Garnish)

Preparation: Combine all chilled ingredients in Champagne flute and garnish with cranberries.