Cranberry Sparkler


Originally published along with a fun coffee drink, this Cranberry Sparkler deserved revisiting! Years have passed and my kitchen has been totally redone, but this festive beverage remains a favorite during the holiday season.


When it comes to serving up drinks with a festive holiday feast, I think there are two times to focus on- before the meal and after. While enjoying the tasty spread before us (and I can’t wait to see all the new recipes getting served up this week!), we tend to drink simple ice water. We like to let the food shine while we sit at the table!


It’s fun to have a “signature” before-dinner drink. Here at the Parenting Miracles house, we like to serve these up to chase away the chill and add some sparkle to our festivities!

To start off the celebrating, how about a Cranberry Sparkler?


The first step is to make a cranberry syrup. To do this, add the following to a small saucepan:

  • 1 c cranberry juice
  • 1/2 c fresh cranberries
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water

Bring to a rolling boil over med-high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. Scoop out the “chunky stuff”, cover, and chill to cool completely. This can be used as a base for drinks (as it is here) or as an ice cream or pancake topper.

Start with a small, clean, clear glass. I like a small champagne flute or a simple cordial glass, as shown here:

Dampen the rim of the glass. Simplest way to get it even? Invert the glass on a clean, damp paper towel:

Set the damp rim on a small plate of white sugar:

Isn’t that starting to look a little more special already?

Add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of your cranberry syrup to the bottom of the glass:

Fill glass with champagne, sparkling juice, ginger ale, or even seltzer:

Garnish with a toothpick speared through three cranberries.

Let’s toast a beautiful holiday!

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