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Cranberry Daiquiri

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Posted: 11/17/22

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This Cranberry Daiquiri is a delightful pink drink that is refreshing and easy to drink. Cranberry has a way of adding a fruity touch without being overly sweet, a wonderful cocktail complement to tart lime juice and white rum in this cranberry cocktail recipe.

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The classic daiquiri is made with rum, lime juice, and a sweetener. Many variations have been made, including adding flavors and blending the drink with ice like in a Strawberry Daiquiri. This cranberry daiquiri features tart, sweet cranberry juice, sweet simple syrup, tart lime, and, of course, rum! The result is a balanced and refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed any season.

How to Make Simple Syrup

Making simple syrup at home is super easy and can be used in hundreds of cocktails!
Learn the simple syrup ratio and how to make it at home!
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What Kind of Rum to Use

Both light and dark rums have their place in delicious cocktails and typically are recommended specifically to compliment or be complimented by the other ingredients in the drink. For this cranberry daiquiri and other daiquiri recipes, light rum is called for. Here is the breakdown of what makes them different:

  • White or light rum. Typically used in tropical drinks, it is smooth and sweet.
  • Dark rum. Aged longer resulting in its darker color and bolder flavor, it is used in drinks like Hot Buttered Rum Recipe and Rum and Coke. It contains more of a spicy flavor with notes of molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.

How to Make a Cranberry Daiquiri

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.
  3. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Juice vs. Cranberry Juice Cocktail

The type of cranberry juice used in this cocktail will greatly impact the drink’s flavor. For this cocktail, we recommend using a cranberry juice cocktail. Here is the difference between cranberry juice and juice cocktail.

  • Cranberry juice. 100% cranberry juice is quite bitter and has no added sweetener.
  • Cranberry juice cocktail. Sweetened with added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, or combined with other fruit juices creating a sweeter drink.

Other Cocktails With Cranberry

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5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Daiquiri

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A Cranberry Daiquiri is a fruity twist on the classic Daiquiri cocktail. A balanced and sweet slow sipper, the intriguing contrast of flavors is a pure delight.


  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup


  • Add white rum, lime juice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into chilled glass.
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
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