Cranberry-Blood Orange Spritz

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins

Cranberries, a hallmark of the Thanksgiving meal, take center stage in this festive, big-batch take on a Moscow Mule. For a nonalcoholic option, use seltzer instead of vodka.


  • cup sugar

  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries (2 cups)

  • 1 blood orange, quartered and cut into ¼-inch slices, plus more slices for serving

  • 8 ounces vodka, chilled

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 16 ounces ginger beer, chilled

  • Crushed ice and fresh mint leaves, for serving


  1. Stir together sugar, cranberries, orange slices, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until cranberries just start to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Remove orange slices; discard. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.

  2. In a pitcher, combine syrup, vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Serve over crushed ice, with mint and fresh orange slices.

    cranberry blood orange spritzer
    Louise Hagger
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