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Cranberry Martinis

Ina Garten’s cranberry martini and herb feta for the perfect party
Ina Garten’s cranberry martini and herb feta for the perfect partyDavid Anderson / TODAY
6 drinks


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 6 (1-by-3-inch) strips orange zest, plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (750-millileter) bottle good vodka, such as Grey Goose
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail, preferably tart
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • ice

Chef notes

Infuse the vodka with the orange zest and cranberries at least two days ahead. I like to use a vegetable peeler to make strips of orange zest — it’s so easy. Best of all, you can prepare the entire cocktail mixture and refrigerate it for up to three days. Just shake with ice before serving.


Several days ahead:

Place the sugar, cranberries, 6 strips of orange zest, and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop open. Pour the vodka into a large pitcher, add the cranberry mixture, and store covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 days and up to 5 days.

When ready to serve:

Strain the vodka mixture, reserving the cranberries and discarding the orange zest. Stir in the cranberry juice cocktail and Triple Sec. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the drink mixture, shake for a full 30 seconds (it's longer than you think!), and strain into martini glasses. Rub the rim of each glass with fresh orange zest, spoon a few cranberries into each glass and serve ice cold.