Cranberry Smash Cocktail

This Cranberry Smash Cocktail is an easy and festive holiday beverage made with cranberry sauce and a homemade rosemary simple syrup.

side view of two lowball glasses with cranberry smash cocktails garnished with fresh cranberries and rosemary twigs

Well, the holidays have landed, haven’t they? Whether we’re ready for them or not…I mean is it just me or did December just come clear out of nowhere? Ok, bring it on, I say. The hall decking, the gift wrapping, the festive parties…and the festive party cocktails!

overhead shot of two cranberry smash cocktails with sugared cranberries, sugared rosemary and lime

I love it when regular things get a Christmas makeover, like these eggnog marshmallows I made a couple of years ago. So when I spied some leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving in the fridge I was struck with the inspiration to turn it into a very merry cranberry smash cocktail!

side view of two glasses of cranberry smash holiday cocktails made with leftover cranberry sauce and gin with lime wedges and rosemary on the side

Why you’ll love this cranberry smash cocktail

If you’ve never had a smash before they are super fun to make (and drink) because you get to muddle. Everyone loves muddling, am I right? It makes you feel like a professional mixologist.

overhead shot of two lowball glasses with cranberry smash cocktail with sugared cranberries, sugared rosemary and lime

What is a smash?

Seasonal ingredients- usually fruit and/or herbs, and often jams or preserves- are “smashed” in a cocktail shaker and combined with the spirit of your choice.

close-up overhead shot of a cranberry smash gin cocktail decorated with sugared cranberries, sugared rosemary and lime

How to make a cranberry smash

In this case the cranberry sauce is combined with a homemade rosemary simple syrup and some vodka or gin. I much prefer gin because the botanical flavors go great with the rosemary simple syrup. The muddled cranberry sauce is shaken up with the alcohol and lime juice, then strained into a cocktail glass and served on the rocks. The last step is to top it off with soda water for a refreshing wintery cocktail.

For a garnish I made my sugared cranberries, and I also dipped a few rosemary sprigs in the simple syrup, then rolled them in sugar and left them on parchment paper to dry.

side view of a fresh cranberry gin cocktail served on the rocks with a lime slice and rosemary twig on the side

Variations

Feel free to simply nix the alcohol if that’s not your thing. This would make a fabulous mocktail for non-imbibing party guests!

overhead shot of two glasses of cranberry smash cocktail made with gin, cranberry sauce and rosemary simple syrup

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This post was originally published on December 4, 2015 and last updated on December 24. 2019.

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Cranberry Smash Cocktail

This Cranberry Smash Cocktail is an easy and festive holiday beverage made with cranberry sauce and a homemade rosemary simple syrup.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 2 ounces gin vodka works, too
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Juice of 1 lime plus extra wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine rosemary, sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Let stand until completely cool, then discard rosemary.
  2. Muddle cranberry sauce in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, rosemary simple syrup and lime juice and shake to combine. Strain evenly into two cocktail glasses filled with ice.

  3. Top with soda water. Serve with additional lime wedges.

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