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This Cranberry Wine Spritzer is a festive drink for the holidays. A cranberry blood orange simple syrup is mixed with bourbon, white wine, warm spices, cranberry and orange juice. Your guests will love sipping on this! 

Cranberry Wine Spritzer in glass

CRANBERRY WINE SPRITZER

The tree is up, the air is crisp and it is time to be sipping on this Cranberry Wine Spritzer. 

This is a light, fruity white wine spritzer recipe. If you like bubbly drinks this cocktail is especially for you. 

Not only does this drink taste delicious, it also looks very festive. You can dress it up with slices of blood orange or orange slices, fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick or star anise. 

We might not be having the big holiday gatherings this year but we can still sip on festive drinks. I also like to make this Christmas Sangria this time of year.

Set up a table of your favorite holiday appetizers, like these Cucumber Hummus Bites, Warm Brie Cranberry Naan and these Ham Cheese and Cranberry Rollups and pour a glass of this festive spritzer!

Cranberry Wine Spritzer with orange slices

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS WHITE WINE SPRITZER?

JUICE: This spritzer uses cranberry juice and blood orange juice.

If blood orange juice is hard to find you could use regular orange juice. 

BOURBON: There is bourbon added to this recipe but if you don’t like bourbon or don’t want it in the recipe. This recipe is just as good with just the wine and champagne. 

SIMPLE SYRUP: A homemade spiced blood orange simple syrup adds a nice sweetness to this spritzer.

If you don’t have the blood orange you can just use regular orange. 

WHITE WINE OR CHAMPAGNE: When making this I like to use a crisp, sweet white wine or a bottle of champagne or prosecco. 

CLUB SODA OR MINERAL WATER: If you use white wine you might want to add some bubbles to your drink. I like to add club soda or mineral water but sprite would also work or any sparkling water. 

Cranberry Wine Spritzer in a pitcher

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS WINE SPRITZER RECIPE?

Start by creating your simple syrup.

You will use a small pot and heat it over low heat.

Mix all the ingredients for the simple syrup together. Cook for around 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let it cool down completely.

Cranberry Wine Spritzer in pot

In a tall pitcher combine the cranberry juice, blood orange juice, bourbon and blood orange spiced simple syrup.

Garnish with some blood orange slices and cinnamon sticks and refrigerate.

Once you are ready to assembly the cocktails fill a glass with ice. Pour white wine or champagne in half the glass then add the cranberry mix until it is almost fill.

Add a splash of club soda, mineral water or sprite if you use wine. If you use champagne there will already be bubbles.

Cranberry Wine Spritzer with champagne

WHAT OTHER FESTIVE DRINKS SHOULD I SERVE AT THE HOLIDAYS?

MULLED WINE // THE MODERN PROPER 

HOMEMADE EGGNOG // DOWNSHIFTOLOGY

SPARKLING PEAR APPLE SANGRIA // A CEDAR SPOON

Cranberry Wine Spritzer in glass

Cranberry Wine Spritzer

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups cranberry juice
  • ½ Cup blood orange juice or orange juice
  • ½ Cup bourbon
  • ½ Cup spiced simple syrup
  • 1 white wine or Champagne bottle
  • 1 or 2 cans of club soda or a small bottle of mineral water 
  • Garnish with Blood orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise or cranberries

For the Spiced Blood Orange Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 blood orange or orange peels 
  • 1 star anise {optional}
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 3-4 cloves 

Instructions

FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP:

Prepare the simple syrup: In a small pot over low heat mix all the ingredients together.

Cook for around 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let it cool down completely.

FOR THE SPRITZER:

In a tall pitcher combine the cranberry juice, blood orange juice, bourbon and blood orange spiced simple syrup.

Garnish with some blood orange slices and cinnamon sticks and refrigerate.

Once you are ready to assembly the cocktails fill a glass with ice. Pour white wine or champagne in half the glass then add the cranberry mix until it is almost fill. Add a splash of club soda, mineral water or sprite if you use wine. If you use champagne there will already be bubbles.

Notes

I love to make the simple syrup and cranberry mix ahead of time. You can keep it refrigerated overnight.
If you want to make this alcohol free just omit the bourbon and the wine and you create a cranberry blood orange drink using the simple syrup, club soda and the juices.

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