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Cranberry drinks and appetizers are a perfect addition to your holiday party! See all the best cranberry mules, cranberry margaritas and cranberry snacks!
20+ Cranberry Drinks
I just love a good holiday drink. Bonus if they feature cranberries! If you've read my blog for long, you know cranberries are my favorite fruit. Maybe it's the red color that goes so well with the season, or the fact they aren't super sweet, or maybe it's because they make me think of holiday dinners surrounded by the people I love. Whatever it is, cranberries pack a punch in my holiday dishes. But it doesn't just stop there.
Their bright colors and cheery shape make them excellent garnishes, and they go well with other festive garnishes like cinnamon sticks or crystalized ginger. Their red color gives a festive tint for the Christmas holiday season. But you can start before then. Your guests will be just as happy if you serve cranberry drinks for Thanksgiving.
My personal favorite is my 5 minute cranberry ginger ale punch because it whips up so quickly. I need all the extra time I can get around the holidays! Another fun one that I like to serve at brunch is cranberry tea punch.
The tangy flavor can often off set a super sweet flavor, to balance things out. Cranberry juice and cranberries go well with other drinks like ginger beer, apple juice, or lemon lime soda. This list includes cranberry drinks that are non-alcoholic as well as those that can be served hot or cold. Most can be modified to include or exclude alcohol.
If cranberry juice is too tart for you, you can always start out with a sweeter blend, such as cran-apple or cran-raspberry.
So, I've collected over 20 of the best recipes for cranberry drinks and appetizers to make your holiday the best yet! Enjoy!
Holiday Drink with Cranberries:
Rosemary Cranberry Moscow Mule by Major Hoff Takes A Wife
5 minute cranberry ginger ale punch by Major Hoff Takes A Wife
Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa by Honey and Birch
Cranberry Limeade Sparkling Cocktail by Food Folks and Fun!
Crockpot Cranberry Cider by Kleinworth & Co
Low Cal Cranberry Margaritas by My Crazy Good Life
Cranberry Tea Punch by Major Hoff Takes A Wife
Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider by The Recipe Rebel
Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito by Chef Savvy
Cranberry Sage Moscow Mules by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Cranberry Apple Sangria by Whitney Bond
Sparkling Cranberry Pineapple Punch by Natasha’s Kitchen
Cranberry Spiced Tea by Atta Girl Says
Cranberry Orange Margaritas by Half Baked Harvest
Christmas Sangria by Muy Bueno Cookbook
So not only do people love the tart cranberry juice in their holiday beverages, they also love that pop of flavor in their holiday appetizers. I'm sure most of us know the standby recipe for cranberry meatballs. But there are so many other appetizers out there!
The pairings are endless. Cranberries go fabulously with cheeses like brie, and with herbs like rosemary.
It can also be a lifesaver when unexpected guests stop by. As long as you have crackers on hand, a block of cream cheese and some leftover cranberry sauce. I like to mix my sauce with some minced jarred jalapenos for some heat. This is one of the easiest cranberry sauce appetizers out there!
Most of the below recipes are for easy cranberry appetizers, but some are a bit more complex. Plenty to choose from!
Goat Cheese Cranberry Appetizer by Creative Homemaking
Baked Brie With Cranberries Apples and Almonds by Atta Girl Says
Turkey Brie and Cranberry Mustard Sliders by Call Me PMC
Cranberry Brie Bites by Kitchen Sanctuary
Baked Goat Cheese Roasted Cranberry Appetizer by Honey And Birch
Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Creamy Cranberry Pancetta Bites by This Silly Girls Kitchen
Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa by The Foodie Affair
Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs by Tastes Better From Scratch
Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels by The Girl Who Ate Everything
Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta by Tabler Party Of Two
Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices by Yummy Addiction
Want more cranberry recipes? You'll love these!
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Mrs Major Hoff's Cranberry Recipes can be found here:
Cranberry Crush: A Recipe Collection by Major Hoff Takes A Wife
and of course, there is always her "famous best ever cranberry sauce" recipe! Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce!
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Jovita @ Yummy Addiction says
Thanks for adding my recipe! What a great blog you have here 🙂