Christmas Cocktail Recipe // Cranberry Raspberry Vodka

Let's be real sometimes we can use a little cocktail or... a big cocktail. I first started experimenting with cooking, baking, & drink-making when I was in college. I really had to learn to think outside the box as far as cooking because it was all on me to create a good meal. Mum wasn't there to make scrumptious food anymore. 

This drink is kind of inspired by my college days watching Pantry Raid, a show where this chef visits people's houses & makes a gourmet dish solely with what's already in the pantry. I had a few friends over a couple weeks ago & someone left half of their raspberry vodka. I thought what the hell this stuff is disgusting anyway so I'm gonna make a delicious drink out of it.



// Ingredients //
+ 2 oz. raspberry flavored vodka 
+ 4 oz. cranberry raspberry juice
+ 4 oz. sparkling water
+ handful of ice
+ frozen raspberries for garnish

I like the idea of a strong drink, but I also don't want to taste immense amounts of alcohol, so this recipe is based on a person such as myself -- they would rather enjoy the drink than gag on it. You can change this according to your taste preferences.

I made the Cranberry Raspberry Vodka in a large glass because I was sharing with my boyfriend. We like to do less dishes if possible, so this drink is for two. You can make a smaller version using half the ingredients or you can have one giant drink if you had a rough day. ;]



// How to make it // 
1. Start off by pouring two shots of the raspberry vodka. One shot equals 1 ounce aka this will be 2 ounces of vodka.
2. Next up is your sparkling water & juice, I added equal parts sparkling water & juice. In this case, 4 ounces of each. 
3. Plop in several ice cubes to completely chill your drink.
4. Top off with some frozen raspberries.
5. Stir everything together. Let it settle & chill briefly. 

Now you may sip on your delectable drink. The frozen raspberries really give it a nice look.  I was also really surprised that the frozen raspberries basically shatter when you try to crush them. Feel free to alter this to fit your beverage needs. If it's is too sweet add more sparkling water. If it's not enough liquor for you give yourself another shot. If it's kind of bland & watery give yourself some juice or top it off with more frozen raspberries.



Enjoy your drink! I would love to know: What is your liquor of choice? Are you a beer person? Vodka person? Random tequila person? Or do you not like alcohol at all & you completely skipped over these posts? If so I am sorry about that I can include more smoothie, tea, & other non-alcoholic concoctions as well. 


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47 comments

  1. That looks great! Wonderful recipe!
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  2. so yummy!
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  3. Sounds and looks like the perfect Christmas cocktail!
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  4. Looks delicious! I think it will be good for crazy parties with my girls ;)

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    1. That's probably the perfect occasion. :]

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  5. Wish i could tell, but i don't drink, and i have nothing against it either. So this sure looks. Thanks for sharing Carmen.

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    1. Leave out the vodka & it's a refreshing mocktail with a bit of carbonation from the sparkling water. Yum!

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  6. This sounds so yummy! xx

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  7. It sounds delicious, especially since I love raspberry cranberry juice!

    Tina
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    1. Woohoo. Another fan of cran raspberry juice. :D

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  8. This sounds so delicious and I need to make it soon! I laughed about the sharing a glass to avoid dishes since my husband and I do the same thing :)

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    1. Hahaha. Glad we have that in common, Joanna. ;D

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  9. Mmm this looks amazing! I'm going to have to try this for new year. I'll have the whole lot!

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  10. sounds delicious. Vodka Cranberries are one of my go-to drinks. There is this cran-strawberry juice i use sometimes... but I don't think I've ever had a raspberry one. Sounds good!

    Sarah
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    1. Ooooh cran strawberry sounds pretty darn tasty. :]

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  11. looks yummy! :)

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  12. I loved this post Carmen, I enjoyed it very much. Love you personality, I can visualize it just by reading your post. The drink looks really yummy. The raspberries on top make it look more delicious. I am not a big drinker but would enjoy a nice drink like the one you made or a good glass of wine. Thanks for sharing! XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Thanks for saying that, Jeannette. I definitely write how I talk. :] Yes, this drink can be quite mild if you make it with less liquor. The juice tastes great!

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  13. i love cranberry next to mojitos... this recipe looks simple enough...

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    Hems
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  14. That looks amazing! And it's red so it's Christmassy ;)
    xx,
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  15. wow wow this recipe sounds really great! I will try it before Christmas! :D
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    1. Before, during, & after Christmas. Hehehe. :]

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  16. Is cocktail is a troditional drink for Christmas? Because many bloggers posting a post on it.

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    1. I have no idea. Cocktails are year round. This just look Christmasy, but you can have it whenever. There's nothing seasonal or anything. :]

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  17. I've never tried raspberry vodka but sure looks good ;) I don't mind a vodka every now and then. Sweet tea vodka in the summer is the best!
    charity
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    1. Oooh, sweet tea vodka sounds yummy. I ought to try that!! :]

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  18. I like the idea of using leftover ingredients to make something far more tasty! I don't really drink that much, but if a drink is fruity then I have to watch myself haha ;)

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    1. The fruitiness definitely helps mask the alcohol. You can always put less alcohol. :D

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  19. This is goona make an amazing Christmas drink. I love the bright colour of it too! x x x

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    1. Yes! Maybe you could add some green fruit to make is super Christmasy. :]

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  20. This coktails looks really delicious, will definitely try your recipe :)
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  21. This looks very yummy! Very easy to made too!

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  22. I'm usually having problems with making my own cocktail, will definitely try your recipe! :D
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  23. Looks good...I'll be sure to try it out.

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  24. That looks really yummy:)

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