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Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Cocktail

Sparkling Cranberry Ginger Cocktail for Thanksgiving
Maureen Petrosky / TODAY
4 to 6


  • 1 ½ cups vodka
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup ginger beer (for ginger ale for a sweeter drink)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • Sliced candied ginger for garnish, optional

Chef notes

Pitcher drinks are perfect when entertaining. They alleviate the stress of getting multiple drinks prepared and served as visitors descend upon the party. For Thanksgiving, I wanted to make something that was easy to turn into a non-alcoholic pitcher too for our tee-totaling guests. For this pour to become non-alcoholic simply swap the vodka for an equal part of club soda.

Using frozen cranberries makes this cocktail seasonal, festive and super easy to make. I recommend making two pitchers because for me it always seems to go too fast. Feel free to serve this in wine goblets or Champagne flutes and keep a bar spoon or long wooden spoon nearby to be sure each glass gets a few frozen cranberries for the perfect toast.

Gather, be grateful and enjoy the ease of entertaining with this pretty pitcher drink.


In a large pitcher combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine. Serve over ice and be sure to include some cranberries in each glass. Garnish with sliced candied ginger if you please.

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