Sparkling cranberry mocktail is a ridiculously easy mocktail that’s full of sparkles and fun!  Just mix together cranberry juice with some cranberry Sprite and garnish with ice, rosemary, and fresh cranberries to craft a delicious non alcoholic drink.  Family and friends will love this holiday mocktail on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktail
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Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

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This post was originally published on December 29, 2017.

For Christmas 2017, Mom and I were invited to a friend’s house for Christmas dinner.  We enjoyed a large and delicious meal together, which featured a showstopping 16-pound prime rib!  😋 Towards the end of the meal, our friend asked us if we would like something else to drink.  Mom chose this delightful sparkling cranberry mocktail, and she watched as our friend made it for her.  She really enjoyed the lovely flavor of the drink, and let me taste it too.  It was even more delicious than it looked!

doing a toast with two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktail

What are mocktail drinks?

Mocktails are a “cocktail” that doesn’t contain alcohol–hence the “mock.”  They are a fun and tasty drink you can enjoy without having any alcohol.

How to Make Sparkling Cranberry Mocktails for a Crowd

  • Pour 6 cans (about 2 liters) of cranberry Sprite into a punch bowl or drink dispenser.
  • Mix in 14 fl oz of cranberry juice.
  • Float fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs in the drink.
  • Make a cranberry ice ring as a special garnish.  Freeze a few inches of water in an angel food cake pan or small bundt pan and add fresh cranberries in it.  Set the pan in warm water for a few seconds, then turn it out into the punch bowl.

holding a glass of sparkling cranberry mocktail

How do you make cranberry mocktails?

Gather the ingredients: cranberry juice, cranberry Sprite, fresh rosemary sprigs, crushed ice, and fresh cranberries.

ingredients for sparkling cranberry mocktail

Pour 1/3 cup of cranberry juice into a 15.5 ounce glass.

cranberry juice into glass for sparkling cranberry mocktail

Fill the glass with cranberry Sprite (about 1 1/2 cups or 12 fl oz).  Leave a little room at the top for garnish.

pouring Sprite into a glass for sparkling cranberry mocktail

Add some crushed ice and a few fresh cranberries.

glass of sparkling cranberry mocktail

Don’t forget the rosemary sprig; it adds a lot of flavor and aroma to the drink!

garnishing a sparkling cranberry mocktail with rosemary

Variations You’ll Want to Try

  • Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon wedge into your glass.
  • Add a few drops of Angostura orange bitters.
  • Try cranberry ginger ale instead of cranberry Sprite.
  • Pour in a few tablespoons of simple syrup to add sweetness.
  • Rim the glass with sugar.  (Dip the rim in water, then in sugar.)

I encourage you to make this super-easy drink for company or just for yourself this holiday season.  It takes hardly any time to make, and is so refreshing and festive.  It would be perfect to serve at a New Year’s Eve celebration or any holiday party.  🎉

two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktail

Pro Tips

  • Save some time by rinsing the rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries a few hours in advance.
  • Can’t find cranberry Sprite?  Use cranberry ginger ale or regular Sprite instead.
  • Chill the cranberry juice and Sprite for at least a couple of hours to ensure a cold drink.
  • Adjust the ratio of cranberry juice and Sprite to your personal taste.

Searching for more nonalcoholic holiday drinks?  You won’t want to miss these ones.

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Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 15-ounce glass 1x

Description

Sparkling cranberry mocktail is a ridiculously easy mocktail that’s full of sparkles and fun!  Just mix together cranberry juice with some cranberry Sprite and garnish with ice, rosemary, and fresh cranberries to craft a delicious non alcoholic drink.  Family and friends will love this holiday mocktail on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve!


Scale

Ingredients

For the Drink

  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice (78 ml)
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry Sprite (354 ml)

For the Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon crushed ice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cranberries
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig.
  2. Pour the cranberry juice and Sprite into a 15.5 ounce highball or Collins glass, then gently stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with crushed ice, fresh cranberries, and the rosemary sprig.  Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Can’t find cranberry Sprite?  Use cranberry ginger ale or regular Sprite instead.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry, Sprite, non alcoholic

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4 thoughts on “Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

  1. I like the fizzy Sprite. This drink looks very festive with the rosemary sprig and cranberries! 🌿 The ice gives coolness to this refreshing drink.

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