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cranberry orange vodka cocktail with orange twist

Thanksgiving on the Cape: A Cranberry + Orange Vodka Cocktail

This cranberry juice and orange vodka cocktail turns everything we love about cranberry sauce into a refreshing drink to enjoy at the holidays. Take a new spin on the Cape Cod with Thanksgiving on the Cape!
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holidays, Party Food, Thanksgiving
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller


  • microplane grater or zester
  • vegetable peeler
  • cocktail shaker


Orange Cinnamon Sugar*

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • zest of one orange scrub and dry the orange before zesting
  • ground cinnamon a few taps of the shaker, to taste


  • 1 oz orange flavored vodka
  • ½ oz orange liqueur like triple sec or Cointreau
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • ice
  • fresh cranberries, orange peel, rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • simple syrup see note


  • Dip the rim of your cocktail glass in simple syrup, then in the orange cinnamon sugar.
  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then add vodka, orange liqueur and cranberry juice. Cap it and shake to combine and chill. Strain into your glass.
  • Garnish with cranberries, orange peel, rosemary or whatever you like.


*Orange cinnamon sugar can be made a day or two in advance and stored in an air tight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. It makes more than you’ll need for a few cocktails, but you can use the leftovers for your holiday baking or to sprinkle on toast or pancakes, etc. 
**For an alcohol-free version, substitute the vodka and orange liqueur with orange juice, sparkling orange beverage (like San Pellegrino Aranciata) or orange-flavored sparkling water for a less sweet version.
Calorie count is approximate and will vary based on a sugar rim and ingredients chosen.


Calories: 170kcal

Nutritional values are estimated and provided as a general guideline only.

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