I’m a little shocked that we made it through our first year before even thinking about the Cranberry Martini. But now, the holiday season is here again, and what better time than now to fill that knowledge gap? It’s an obvious bonus for me, because I love cranberries. So let’s make a plan for the Cran, and dive into how to make the Cranberry Martini.
- 2 oz gin or cranberry vodka
- 1 ½ oz cranberry juice
- ¼ oz fresh lime juice
- Splash sweet vermouth
- Lime wheel
Grab the cocktail shaker of your choice, and add some ice. Add all of the liquid ingredients and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a lime wheel. If you’re feeling really fancy, add a couple of fresh cranberries to the bottom of the glass. You can also use a twist of orange zest as a garnish; it all comes down to personal taste.
The Cranberry Martini is a fairly simple drink to mix, but the best drink recipes are usually fundamental. My prep time for this drink was . Four ingredients, , one satisfied imbiber – sounds good to me.
My inclination is to use cranberry vodka over gin in the Cranberry Martini, to take a bit of edge off. For a stronger version of the Cranberry Martini, use gin as your base alcohol. You can always bump the cranberry juice up by a half ounce if you want to make it sweeter.
This version of the Crantini isn’t vastly different from a Cosmopolitan, but the vermouth places it firmly in the category of a flavored martini, and not just a foo-foo drink. This particular drink is also a little less sweet than other flavored martinis, such as the Appletini, perhaps because it lacks Cointreau or another orange liqueur.