A refreshing and juicy take on a classic Cosmopolitan, this Mistletoe Vodka Martini is the perfect Christmas cocktail for entertaining!
Christmas Martini Recipe
When it comes to Christmas entertaining, I love to go full-out.
I love my themes at any time of year, but for Christmas it’s so easy to ensure that my theme is carried across through decor, music and of course, the menu.
I have plenty of Christmas cocktails that I love for entertaining (I’ve shared a little list below) but this Christmas martini is perfect for a Christmas get-together with the girls.
It’s inspired by a classic Cosmopolitan and gives equal amounts Sex and the City and Christmas vibes.
A cosmopolitan cocktail is traditionally made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. For this Christmas version, we skip the triple sec and change things up with a juicy splash of pomegranate and a earthy rosemary spring. The result is a brisk, tangy and refreshing cocktail that your guest will love.
The rosemary garnish is just for a pop of color (to bring that Christmas theme full circle) however, you can use a creme brulee torch or a candle lighter to toast the rosemary and infuse a bit of earthy flavor into the cocktails.
If you need to make a fresh batch of these Christmas martinis during the party, you can skip the cranberries and pomegranate seeds as your guests’ glasses will still have plenty. I also tend to skip the rosemary, as guests who like the flavor infusion will have held onto their sprig while guests who find it annoying will have already discarded theirs. You already made that gorgeous first impression, don’t feel pressured to keep up the fancy appearances throughout the entire get-together. Focus on having fun and the great conversation – no one will remember that their garnishes weren’t replenished.
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More Christmas Cocktail Recipes
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- Sugar Plum Whiskey Smash (with Video)
- Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
- Cranberry Prosecco Punch
- Milk Punch Cocktail (with Video)
- Holiday Cranberry Sangria
- Jingle Juice Champagne Christmas Punch
Christmas Martini Ingredients
- Cranberries, frozen preferably
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Cranberry Juice
- Vodka or Cranberry Vodka
- Lime Juice
- Pomegranate Juice, optional
- Rosemary Sprigs, optional garnish
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: if you want a more traditional martini flavor, add a half ounce or quick splash of triple sec – only if you already have it on hand.
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How to Make Mistletoe Martinis
Fill a pitcher with ice, cranberries and pomegranate seeds.
Pour in the cranberry vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and pomegranate juice.
Give the pitcher a good stir to mix together all of the ingredients and then pour into martini glasses.
Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired, and serve immediately.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our Christmas Cosmpolitan recipe:
- 1 cup Cranberries, frozen preferably
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 cup Cranberry Juice
- 1 cup Vodka or Cranberry Vodka
- 1/4 cup Lime Juice
- 1/4 cup Pomegranate Juice, optional
- Rosemary Sprigs, optional garnish
- Fill a pitcher with ice, cranberries and pomegranate seeds.
- Pour in the cranberry vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and pomegranate juice.
- Give the pitcher a good stir to mix together all of the ingredients and then pour into martini glasses.
- Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired, and serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your guests love this Mistletoe Martini as much as mine did! Be prepared to make at least a second or third batch.
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