Drinks | December 21, 2020

Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

Tart cranberry juice, sparkling water, and a hint of lime come together in this Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail.  Make this drink for the entire family as a special addition to your holiday meal.  Made with only 4 ingredients – you can add this to your last minute menu.

An overhead shot of cranberry sparklers in two glasses with sugar rims. There are cranberries floating in the glasses as well as a large round ice cube.

What Is A Cranberry Mocktail?

The word “mocktail” is play on the word cocktail, and means a mixed drink without the alcohol. Mocktails, an abbreviation for “mock cocktails”.  The word “mock” implies a facade of the alcoholic cocktail without any of the alcoholic content. We’ve made this special drink kid friendly, but still special and delicious.

A single glass of Cranberry mocktail in a cocktail glass with the rim sugared.The glass is set on a copper tray surrounded by cranberries and rosemary. There is a large round ice cube floating in the glass and the drink is garnished with sugared cranberries and rosemary.

What Do I Need To Make This Cranberry Mocktail?

You will need:

  • frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • limes/lime juice
  • sparkling water or soda

Pro Tip: Try looking for frozen cranberry juice concentrate at grocery stores rather than bog box stores like Walmart and target.  Grocery stores are more likely to have a variety of frozen concentrates.

Ingredients needed to make cranberry mocktail in a small metal baking tray.

How Do You Make Cranberry Mocktails?

1. Add your thawed cranberry juice cocktail to a large pitcher.

2. Add the juice of 4 limes.

How to prepare cranberry spritzer.

3. Add sparkling water and mix. Gently stir the drink. Mix until combined, but dont vigorously mix or over mix to preserve the carbonation of the soda water.

4. Pour into glasses that have been rimmed with sugar.

Making cranberry mocktail.

How Do You Add The Sugar Rim To Your Glass?

I really love a little crunchy sugary class rim for this drink. Especially because it is a little tart the sweetness of the sugar is sooo good!

STEP 1: Dip the end of your glass rim in a small amount of syrup. I use a clear Torani (coconut, vanilla)  but you can use a homemade simple syrup that has no flavor.

STEP 2: After dipping into sugary syrup dip into sugar, or a mixture of coarse sugar and fine. I used a mixture of coarse sugar and fine for a more dramatic effect.

PRO TIP: Leave cups upside for about 10-15 minutes until the syrup and sugar has dried. This help so no drips down the side of the cups. 

syrup, sugar and limes

Cranberry Mocktail Q&A

CAN I MAKE THIS DRINK AHEAD OF TIME?

Because of the carbonation the further ahead you make this drink the less carbonation it will have. I suggest making right before serving time.

WHAT DO I GARNISH  THIS DRINK WITH?

You can garnish this drink with:

A 3/4 view shot of cranberry cocktail in two Martin glasses. The glasses are sugar rimmed and have large round ice cubes. one of the glasses is set in a copper tray.

WHERE CAN I FIND FROZEN CRANBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE?

Try looking for frozen cranberry juice concentrate at grocery stores rather than bog box stores like Walmart and target.  Grocery stores are more likely to have a variety of frozen concentrates.

WHAT IF I CANT FIND 100% CRANBERRY JUICE?

You can use a cranberry juice blend, just su the sparkling water for ginger ale.

A close up on cranberry cocktail in a martini glass. There is a sprig of rosemary and cranberries garnishing the glass.

I Love Fun Drink Recipes! Do you Have Others?

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Cranberry mocktail in a cocktail glass with the rim sugared. There is a large round ice cube floating in the glass and the drink is garnished with sugared cranberries and rosemary.

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An overhead shot of cranberry sparklers in two glasses with sugar rims. There are cranberries floating in the glasses as well as a large round ice cube.
Cranberry Mocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Tart cranberry juice, sparkling water, and a hint of lime come together in this Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail.  Make this drink for the entire family as a special addition to your holiday meal.  Made with only 4 ingredients - you can add this to your last minute menu.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas drink, cranberry lime sparkler, cranberry mocktai
Servings: 5
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 11.5 oz frozen cranberry juice concentrate thawed
  • juice of 4 limes
  • 32 ounces sparkling water
  • course decorating sugar for ganish
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher combine cranberry concentrate, lime juice, and sparkling water. Stir to combine.
  2. To garnish glasses with sugar dip the rims in simple syrup and then in sugar.

  3. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

CAN I MAKE THIS DRINK AHEAD OF TIME?

Because of the carbonation the further ahead you make this drink the less carbonation it will have. I suggest making right before serving time.

WHAT DO I GARNISH  THIS DRINK WITH?

You can garnish this drink with:

WHERE CAN I FIND FROZEN CRANBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE?

Try looking for frozen cranberry juice concentrate at grocery stores rather than bog box stores like Walmart and target.  Grocery stores are more likely to have a variety of frozen concentrates.

WHAT IF I CANT FIND 100% CRANBERRY JUICE?

You can use a cranberry juice blend, just su the sparkling water for ginger ale.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Mocktail
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 131
% Daily Value*
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. did this giveaway end? i know it’s been awhile, but i don’t see a winner listed. If not, i would LOVE to have a chance to win this. The style and look of it is wonderful, plus would be so much fun to make different drinks!

    1. Hi Jenn,

      Yes the giveaway has ended. The winner is displayed in the gleam form above the recipe. Keep an eye out for future giveaways though! We do them all the time. :)