This Cranberry Orange Cocktail is made with fresh cinnamon-infused cranberry juice and orange juice for a fresh, flavorful cocktail.
Goodbye 2018, helloooooo 2019! It’s very cliche, but there’s no better way to ring in the new year than with friends and family and a cranberry orange cocktail in hand.
The older I get, the more I feel like time flies by. I feel like I was just writing about these cinnamon rolls, my final post of 2017, and now here I am. On that note, do you make New Year’s resolutions? What about goals? I believe I mentioned this, but I tend to make mental goals and nothing more. This year, I typed up a bulleted list of a few realistic things that I’d like to accomplish in 2019. I plan on revisiting this list at least once a month as a check-in to see where I’m at/how I’m doing.
One thing that’s going to continue in the upcoming year? My love of fun cocktails. This year, Miguel and I are having a few friends over for New Year’s Eve, and then if the mood strikes, we might all go out to end the night. But, I plan on prepping this cranberry orange cocktail for everyone to try!
This recipe starts with homemade cinnamon cranberry juice made from fresh cranberries, sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
Note: if you can’t find fresh cranberries, you can use pre-made cranberry juice instead, though the flavor won’t be exactly the same.
Once you have your cranberry juice, you’ll combine that with either fresh or store bought orange juice—no judgment here! I used store bought because we already had some in the refrigerator, but I’m sure fresh juice would be amazing. Next, you’ll add the alcohol.
I recommend clear liquor for this drink, like tequila or vodka. You’ll pour everything into a cocktail shaker, shake it up, strain, and enjoy!
Now THAT’S the way to end the year and kick off 2019.
Cranberry Orange Cocktail
for the cranberry syrup:
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
for the cocktail (1)*:
- 1/4 cup cranberry syrup
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 oz. tequila OR vodka
- Optional: 1 oz. cointraeu
- Start by making the cranberry syrup: combine cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, using a spoon to help break the cranberries down. Strain cranberries out and reserve the syrup. Allow syrup to come to room temperature before using.
- For the cocktail: pour syrup, orange juice and liquor into a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake!
- Strain and enjoy!