This festive cranberry rosé spritzer recipe is sweet, tart and lightly sweetened with ginger simple syrup. This holiday wine spritzer can be served by the glass, or by the pitcher.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Festive & seasonal – This rosé spritzer is full of cranberry and ginger flavor, and the garnish makes the drink feel party ready.
- Quick and easy – Making this drink takes only a few minutes, which is very helpful when you are hosting a holiday gathering.
- Make ahead – The ginger simple syrup can be made ahead and chilled, as well as the drink mixture, if you want to make a bigger batch in a pitcher.
Cranberry rose spritzer cocktail
Spritzers are one of my favorite drinks, because you can adjust each component to make it exactly to your liking. Like a stronger drink? Use less soda. Like a sweet drink? Use a bit more simple syrup. You can adjust everything.
This cranberry rose spritzer recipe is no different. It’s light and refreshing, which makes it a great cocktail for holidays when you are enjoying parties, but don’t want to overindulge.
Holiday wine spritzers are a great option during Christmastime. They are incredibly easy, light, and refreshing – a departure from the normally heavy drinks served during the holidays.
- Cranberry ginger soda – I found this cranberry ginger beverage at TJ’s. Instead of having to buy cranberry juice and ginger beer, or ginger ale, I got both of those flavors in one.
- Substitutions: Swap out cranberry ginger soda for ginger ale or ginger beer. For more cranberry flavor, swap it out for cranberry juice instead.
- Rosé wine – A slightly sweet rose goes well with the flavors in this drink.
- Substitutions: For a white wine version, use a crisp white like a Sauvignon Blanc. For a vodka version, swap out the wine with your favorite vodka.
- Ginger simple syrup – Make the simple syrup ahead of time and let hang out in the fridge until you are ready to make the cocktails.
How to make a wine spritzer
Here’s a quick summary of how to make this cranberry rose spritzer cocktail recipe. Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
Making a wine spritzer is possibly the easiest cocktail to put together. It’s simply mixing wine with something fizzy like soda or club soda and your choice of flavoring, like a ginger simple syrup, in this case. That’s all there is to it.
- Prep – Make the ice cubes the day before. I bought a holiday silicone mold to make festive Christmas shaped ice cubes. I filled them with fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary to make them Christmassy.
- Make – The ginger simple syrup needs to be made ahead of time, so it has enough time to cool down. Stash it in the fridge until you are ready to make drinks.
- Add – A spritzer MUST be served cold. Add chilled wine, chilled soda and chilled simple syrup to the glass and give it a quick stir.
- Garnish – Place festive ice cube in drink for garnish and serve!
Cranberry rosé spritzer recipe FAQ’s
A wine spritzer is a cocktail made from your choice of wine, a flavoring of your choice and some bubbles, usually in the form of club soda, or flavored soda.
Yes. Most spritzers contain alcohol, but you can make an alcohol-free version by omitting the wine and replacing with fruit juice or soda.
Absolutely! You can make this drink a few hours before you need to serve it. It may lose some of the bubbles from the soda. To avoid that, I add the simple syrup and the wine to the pitcher to get it very cold, then add the soda just before I’m ready to serve.
Variations and substitutions
This holiday wine spritzer can be made with dozens of variations, making it the perfect base recipe for experimenting.
- Very berry – If you prefer more cranberry flavor, swap out the cranberry ginger soda for cranberry juice, then add a splash of club soda for the bubbles.
- Ginger lover – If you love your cocktails with a kick, swap out the cranberry ginger soda with ginger ale or ginger beer for more ginger flavor.
- Non alcoholic – Omit the wine and replace with a mixture of cranberry juice + ginger ale or ginger beer.
- Cranberry puree – Blend a cup of fresh cranberries into a puree and add a spoonful to the bottom of each glass for extra cranberry flavor.
- Vodka – For a vodka spritzer, swap out the wine with your favorite vodka.
More wine spritzers
- Strawberry spritzer – This is the perfect summer cocktail. Rosé is a great summer wine and strawberries pair perfectly with it.
- Cherry and strawberry white wine spritzer – This drink gets its deep ruby hue from cherry juice.
Helpful tools and equipment
- Coupe glasses – These are the exact glasses pictured in the photographs. They are a classic shape that never goes out of style.
- Glass pitcher – To make this spritzer drink in a pitcher, you’ll need one with a 50 oz. capacity. That gives you enough room for the liquid, plus the garnish.
- Punchbowl – To make this spritzer for a larger gathering, consider serving it in a pretty punchbowl with lots of fresh cranberries and rosemary on top.
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By the glass
- 6 ounces // 180ml rosé, chilled
- 4 ounces // 120 ml cranberry ginger soda (see notes for other options), chilled
- 2 ounces // 60ml ginger simple syrup, chilled
By the pitcher
- 1 bottle // 750ml rosé wine, chilled
- 16 ounces// 475 ml // 2 cups cranberry ginger soda, chilled
- 8 ounces // 240ml // 1 cup ginger simple syrup, chilled
- Ice cubes with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs, optional
Ginger simple syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
Make ice cubes (optional)
The day before you plan to serve this spritzer, add fresh cranberries and small sprigs of rosemary to an ice cube tray, or a silicone mold with fun holiday shapes. Freeze overnight.
Make the ginger simple syrup
- In a small sauce pot, combine sugar, water and sliced ginger.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved, about 6 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cool completely, then strain into a glass jar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the cranberry spritzers
- Pour 3 ounces (90ml) of rosé into each coupe glass.
- Add 2 ounces (60 ml) of cranberry ginger soda to each glass.
- Top with 1 ounce (30 ml) of ginger simple syrup, then give each drink a quick stir to mix.
- Float one or two large ice cubes in each glass.
To make this drink in a pitcher
Fill the pitcher halfway with ice, then pour in one bottle of chilled rosé. Add 2 cups of cranberry ginger soda, then top with about 1 cup of ginger simple syrup. Give it good stir to mix it up, top with festive ice cubes & serve.
- This cranberry spritzer cocktail can be adjusted to suit your preferences. If you like a stronger drink, use less soda and less simple syrup. Conversely, if you like a lighter drink, use less wine.
- For more cranberry flavor, puree a cup of cranberries and add a spoonful to the bottom of each glass before adding cocktail ingredients.
- Swap out cranberry ginger soda for cranberry juice, plus club soda, ginger ale or ginger beer.
- If you like an extra kick in your drink, use ginger beer instead of the flavored soda.
- You can make the ginger simple syrup a week ahead and store it covered in the refrigerator.
- The drink can be made a few hours ahead and stored in the fridge. It may lose a some of its bubbles and won't be quite as fizzy if you make it in advance.
- For an alcohol-free version, omit wine and replace with cranberry juice.
- To make a vodka cranberry spritzer, omit wine and replace with your favorite vodka.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 1gSugar: 96gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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