Christmas Martini Recipe

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A refreshing Christmas martini recipe made with 5 simple ingredients! This recipe is easy to make and tastes like Christmas in a glass. The flavors of tangerine, cranberry, and cinnamon go perfectly together. We topped it with sugared berries and orange zest for the ultimate presentation. 

This is a memorable holiday cocktail that your guests will enjoy! There’s nothing thing better than this Christmas Martini: sweet, tart, delightful, and beautifully festive! When the Christmas season is upon us, this is your cocktail to make. Just imagine, sitting by a roaring fire, sipping a Christmas martini. It’s the perfect holiday cocktail.

Read below as we’re teaching you exactly how to make the best delicious Christmas cocktail for the holiday season! 

Also, check out our favorite gingerbread martini, classic peppermint martini, the Christmas cocktails and the best vodka cocktails too! 

Christmas martini with cranberries and vodka

This is the perfect cocktail for a festive Christmas brunch or holiday party. It’s easy to make and you can shake them up ahead of time too. It would pair perfectly with a Christmas dessert table or if you’re just relaxing and watching a Christmas movie.

ingredients to make a Christmas martini recipe

Christmas Martini: Everything You Need To Know

What’s in a Christmas Martini?

These are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Vodka – Vodka is a mild spirit that goes well with mixers. We use good quality, regular vodka when making this martini. If you want a hint of vanilla, use vanilla vodka.
  • Cranberry Juice – Sweetened Cranberry juice like Ocean Spray.
  • Orange Liqueur Orange liqueur is a sweetened distilled spirit that is flavored with oranges. You can use Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier.
  • Tangerine Juice – This juice is less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger, than orange juice. However, you can use orange juice as well.
  • Cinnamon Stick – Cinnamon is a spice that brings all the holiday flavor. We use a cinnamon stick in the cocktail when it’s shaken to give it spice.
pouring a holiday cocktail into a glass

How to Make This Christmas Martini Recipe

Making a martini is easy! You’ll need a cocktail shaker, cocktail jigger, and a martini glass. 

Shake – In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients (including the cinnamon stick) and shake with ice for 30 seconds, then strain. 

Strain – Strain the cocktail into a martini glass, with or without ice. 

Garnish – Add a festive garnish over the top! Sugared berries, orange zest, a mini candy cane, or a cinnamon stick all work well with this drink.

Best Orange Liqueurs For Christmas Martinis

Orange liqueur Cointreau has a hint of orange perfume flavor that makes it delicious. It has a more robust and balanced flavor than Triple Sec and is of higher quality. You can also use Grand Marnier to make this holiday classic.

Christmas martini

Tips for Making this Christmas Martini Recipe

  • Make the drink even more festive by garnishing it with fresh cranberries and a rosemary sprig.
  • At your local grocery store, 100% cranberry juice is readily available. What are its benefits? Brighter color and the ability to sweeten to taste. 
  • Make sure to shake for at least 30 seconds to blend the flavors and allow the cinnamon to infuse the drink. 
  • Garnish with sugared berries and orange zest for the best flavor. 
  • The ice in this martini recipe is optional. Most martini recipes do not have ice, however, we really loved the way the ice looks in this and it chilled it nicely making it very refreshing. 
  • Double the recipe and shake two cocktails at once.
  • If you like a sweeter cocktail, add a dash of simple syrup. Better yet, try our cranberry simple syrup
  • You can also use gin instead of vodka to make this drink.

Best Vodka for a Martini 

We recommend using good-quality vodka to make any martini. Check your local liquor store for some fun vodka brands. Here are some good choices:

  • Grey Goose
  • Reyka 
  • King Street
  • Belvedere 
  • Haku
  • St. George 

Belvedere vodka works beautifully in a Vodka Martini, but this particular expression is more a connoisseur’s favorite. Diamond Dankowskie Rye is grown on a single estate in the village of Smogóry in west Poland. It is a rare baker’s grade rye that is low in starch. The flavor is rich and full-bodied, with a salty savory finish, and a hint of pepper and caramel sweetness, balanced by a touch of spice.

This premium vodka brand is the first of its kind in the world; French cognac Grey Goose was created by François Thibault, son of a winegrower and master blender of cognac. Wheat vodka is versatile, creamy, and works well in a range of cocktails.

Ketel One Vodka is distilled in small batches by 10th generation distillers with over 300 years of expertise and is made from 100% GMO-free European wheat. This is one of the smoothest and cleanest vodkas, with notes of citrus and honey. Its long, lively finish works well in a Vodka Martini.

the best Christmas martini recipe

A Christmas Martini Mocktail

Turn this drink into a mocktail by replacing the vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit like Amass or Ritual Zero Proof. It’s always a good idea to have a non-alcoholic spirit on hand for any guests who don’t want alcohol in their drink.

Christmas Martini Cocktail Garnishes

A beautiful presentation is key to making a holiday martini. Here are some ideas for making festive drinks:

  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • Fresh Orange Wedge
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Orange Zest

When to Serve a Christmas Martini

Winter and fall are great seasons to serve the Christmas Martini! It’s great for:

Thanksgiving

Holiday Parties

Christmas Day or Eve

Winter Gatherings

Our Favorite Martini Glasses

When it comes to festive holiday glassware, there is nothing better than a fancy martini glass! Here are some of our favorite Christmas martini glasses:

Estelle Green Colored Glass Martini Glass 

Agnes Etched Coupe

Eve Coupe Cocktail Glass

Gold Rimmed Martini Glass

Fiorella Coupe Glasses

When to Serve This Christmas Martini Recipe

This cocktail is perfect for winter and the holiday season. Here are some special occasions you can serve a Christmas martini:

Thanksgiving 

Holiday Parties

Christmas Day or Eve

Winter Gatherings 

An Evening Watching Christmas Movies

After Dinner Drink

Red Christmas cocktail in a coupe glass

What to Serve with a Delicious Christmas Drink

It’s all about holiday festivities and this martini is great served with these recipes:

Christmas Cookies

Holiday Cheese Platter

Christmas Appetizers

Crudité Wreath 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular drink for Christmas?

The most popular drink at Christmas time is eggnog, hot toddy, and mulled wine. These are classic Christmas cocktails that people have been enjoying for hundreds of years. 

Can I make this Christmas martini with gin?

Yes, this is a great cocktail to make with gin as it’s also a clear spirit with beautiful botanical flavors. It will go perfectly with cranberry juice and tangerine juice. Hendrick’s Gin would be the best option for this drink.

More Festive Cocktails and Christmas Drinks

We are all about holiday cocktails and these are some of the best! Here is a list of our favorite holiday drinks to make during the Christmas season:

Easy Christmas Punch

Eggnog

Mulled Wine

Gingerbread Moscow Mule

Candy Cane Punch 

Pointsettia Brunch Cocktail

More Cranberry Cocktail Recipes

If you love cranberry, here are some of our favorite drink recipes that are made with cranberry juice!

Cranberry Jello Shots

Cranberry Gin Martini

Festive Cranberry Moscow Mule

Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic

Easy Vodka Cranberry Punch

Also check out more great cocktail recipes our favorite brunch recipes, the best vodka mixers, mixed drinksgin cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

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Christmas martini with cranberries and vodka

Christmas Martini

A refreshing Christmas martini recipe made with 5 simple ingredients! This recipe is easy to make and taste like Christmas in a glass. The flavors of orange, cranberry and cinnamon go perfectly together. We topped it with sugared berried and orange zest for the ultimate presentation.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce tangerine juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake for 30 seconds and then strain into a martini glass.
  • Ice is optional in this cocktail, however we prefer the way it looks and the cold refreshing taste.

Notes

Always taste test the cocktail and add more juice or more vodka if you prefer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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