Cranberry Vodka Press

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posted: 12/09/16

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This Cranberry Vodka Press is the perfect holiday cocktail! With just THREE ingredients, it’s a lighter spin on a traditional Vodka Cranberry Juice. Delish!

The Cranberry Vodka Press fills a glass with whole cranberries and ice.

This Cranberry Vodka Press is fruity, light, flavorful and a perfect holiday cocktail! Cranberry anything just makes me automatically think of fall and winter and drinking cozy cocktails around a roaring fire. This simple three ingredient cocktail can be made in a snap so it’s perfect for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving and need a little something to unwind after the big meal, or spending an intimate Christmas Eve at home with just your family, or attending a New Year’s Eve bash, you can make this cranberry vodka press for any occasion!

What is your go to holiday cocktail? If you don’t have one I urge you to try this, or leave me your ideas in the comment section below. I love hearing from you!

An overhead photo of the Cranberry Vodka Press mixed in with ice and whole cranberries.

WHAT IS A VODKA PRESS?

First, let’s talk about what a vodka press is. Basically, a press cocktail is any drink that is mixed with equal parts soda water and lemon-lime soda, like a Grey Goose Press. This vodka press is made with a shot of vodka, cranberry soda and Sprite. The word “press” may make it seem like you’re pressing something, but it actually gets its name from the popular whiskey drink called the Presbyterian. It’s also a double soda drink, though it typically uses ginger ale instead of Sprite or 7-Up. But this cocktail has options! Which leads me to…

VODKA CRANBERRY PRESS TWO WAYS

I actually made two different versions, one is a little sweeter, but doesn’t have that true cranberry color. And the other is a little less sweet, but still so amazingly delicious and absolutely beautiful (pictured here). It’s up to you, friends. Either one will help you ring in that most fabulous of seasons!

Sweeter Version:

  • Vodka (any brand will do!)
  • Cranberry soda (you can find a cranberry flavored soda at any grocery store, especially around the holidays. Cranberry Sprite or Canadian Dry cranberry flavored ginger ale are great options)
  • Club soda
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

Less Sweet Version:

  • Vodka
  • 100% Cranberry juice (there’s even a diet version that tastes delicious so you can keep this cocktail really low calorie)
  • Club Soda
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

VARIATIONS TO THE VODKA PRESS

This vodka press cocktail is so versatile, you can make any flavor you like! Try raspberry, lime, cherry, orange, lemon or pomegranate. Or if fruity isn’t your jam, try vanilla vodka, cake flavored, cola, anything you like!

The Cranberry Vodka Press fills a glass with whole cranberries and ice.

MORE CRANBERRY COCKTAIL RECIPES

Can’t get enough of that tart, tangy cranberry flavor? Try some of my other favorite cranberry cocktails and enjoy the fruit of the season!

The recipe in the card below shows enough ingredients for one cocktail, but this is so easy to make for a crowd. Mix up a big batch of cranberry vodka press for your loved ones and get into the spirit of the holiday season. Let me know in the comments below which version you prefer. Cheers!

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Cranberry Vodka Press

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Cranberry Vodka Press is the perfect holiday cocktail! With just THREE ingredients, it's a lighter spin on a traditional Vodka Cranberry Juice. Delish!

Ingredients

Sweeter Version

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 4 oz cranberry soda
  • 4 oz club soda
  • cranberries to garnish

Less Sweet Version

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 oz 100% cranberry juice
  • 6 oz club soda
  • cranberries to garnish

Instructions

  • Combine the ingredients in a small tumbler. Add ice and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutritional information listed is for the less sweet version.
Calories: 65kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Fat: 1g (2%) Sodium: 95mg (4%) Potassium: 24mg (1%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 50IU (1%) Vitamin C: 12.4mg (15%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

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  1. Holly N @ Spend With Pennies says

    Yum! I love that you have a less sweet version! Such a pretty holiday cocktail!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Holly!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    So last week when I sent you that shot of my cocktail I made, it was between that one and a cranberry press. So glad I went with the fizzy!! Love this so much, my favorite cocktail hands down.

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