Red Christmas Cocktail with Vodka

Make this red Christmas cocktail with cranberry juice, vodka, and sparkling grape juice. Give it a festive name like “Rudolph’s Shiny Red Cocktail” and serve it as a signature drink for a Christmas cocktail party.

red drink in round glass surrounded by greenery

Red Christmas Cocktail

Nothing completes a Christmas party like a color-coordinated signature drink with seasonal flavors. I created this red Christmas cocktail with Vodka, cranberry juice, white grape juice, and the addition of something bubbly!

The taste is a little sweet and a little tart, and goes down smooth.  Garnish with fresh cranberries threaded onto a pick, or freeze some in ice cubes.

Why You’ll Love It

  • People love vodka drinks, and it goes especially well with the holiday flavors like cranberry or pomegranate.
  • The color makes it festive and seasonal. Enjoy it at home for adult gatherings like this Naughty or Nice Christmas party.
  • It’s so good it even tastes great for Christmas brunch. Serve it with a festive brunch charcuterie board on Christmas morning.
red drinks on tray with Christmas greenery


Here’s what you need for this drink.

  • Vodka. Some top brands for mixing party drinks are Tito’s, Effen, Stoli, Absolut, or Smirnoff. But really, choose your favorite!
  • Cranberry juice. Make sure you get cranberry juice, not “juice cocktail.” The juice is less sweet than the cranberry juice cocktail so it has better balance with the other flavors.
  • Sparkling white grape juice. It adds effervescence, depth, and sweetness to balance out the cranberry.
  • Fresh cranberries. These are for garnish. You can thread them onto a fresh rosemary stem for the perfect garnish for Christmas.

Quick Tip

If you want to enhance the red color of the drink simply add a drop of red food coloring to the mix.

round glass with red cocktail and cranberry garnish

Red Christmas Drinks

Give these red drinks a fun name when you serve them at parties. Call it Rudolph’s Red Nose, or Shiny Red Sleigh, Santa’s red suit, etc.

There’s no better time to celebrate the holidays at home; cheers!

If you liked this post, please PIN it and share with others, or leave me a sweet comment below. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, and Facebook, too

red Christmas cocktail with vodka recipe card

Red Christmas Cocktail with Vodka

Yield: 1 drink

This red Christmas drink is a twist on vodka and cranberry juice, for a festive signature party cocktail.


  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup Sparkling White Grape Juice
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish.


    1. Combine ingredients over ice, and garnish with several fresh cranberries threaded onto a pick of rosemary stem.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Sharing is caring!

Similar Posts


Comments are closed.