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Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

Happy Holidays! I hope you are having a great holiday season. I hope you had a Merry Christmas! And if you didn’t celebrate Christmas, happy regular day!

Today’s recipe is a simple alcoholic mixed drink that’s a breeze to put to together. It features sweet-tart cranberry juice, sweet fizzy ginger ale, robust whiskey, and a squeeze of lime juice!

Do you spell it whiskey or whisky?

I’ve mentioned this before in a previous post, but a good way to remember how certain countries spell it is simply to look at their names.

Countries with an “E” in their name like Ireland and the United States, usually spell it whiskey (the way with the E) whereas countries that don’t have an “E” in their name like Canada and Scotland don’t use an “E”, so it’s usually spelled whisky.

Neat, right? For this recipe, use the whiskey/whisky of your choice.

I used a Scotch whisky this time (we always have either a Scotch or Irish whiskey on hand in our house), which has a rich, woody, and smooth taste profile. This type works well with the sweet-tart fruity notes of the cranberry juice and sweet, yet lightly spicy flavour of the soda.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail!

A tall highball glass full of Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail with lime slices and fresh cranberries.

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A tall highball glass of Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail with lime slices, fresh cranberries, and ice cubes.

Overall this whiskey ginger cocktail is:

  • Tasty and refreshing!
  • Full of cranberry and ginger ale flavour: It has delicious sweet, bright, and tart flavors from these two main ingredients.
  • Quick and easy to prepare: This recipe uses a few ingredients that’s simply a pour and serve mixed drink.
  • Perfect to serve at a holiday party like a Christmas party or New Years!
  • Adaptable: Add more or less alcohol according to your personal tastes.
  • Scalable: This recipe makes one serving, but can easily be scaled up and made in a pitcher to serve many people at once.
Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail in a highball glass with lime slices, fresh cranberries, ice cubes, and a stainless steel straw.

I hope you try this cocktail! If you do, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. Please share your recipe pictures!

Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Whiskey Ginger Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

A quick, delicious, and refreshing cocktail recipe featuring cranberry juice, bold whiskey, and sweet and spicy ginger ale. The seasonal flavours and festive colours are perfect for the holidays.


  • 4 oz ginger ale (or ginger beer for a spicier flavour), chilled
  • 2 oz cranberry juice, chilled
  • 2 oz whiskey
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Lime wedge
  • Optional: fresh cranberries


  1. In a tall highball glass (or similar), pour in cranberry juice, whiskey, and lime juice. Then top with ginger ale and ice cubes.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cranberries if you like. Add straw. Serve immediately.


  • This recipe can be scaled up.
  • The amount and type of whiskey is dependent on your taste preferences.
  • Fresh cranberries are quite sour and tart, so they are used as a garnish instead of being eaten.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g

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Claudia Weidman

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Great Cocktail. I used the Ginger Beer, and it turned out great.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed this cocktail!

Jacqueline De Bono

Friday 28th of December 2018

I love the info about the differences in spelling whiskey or whisky! I'm not a whiskey drinker but my hubby is. However, I'd love to try this drink because the combination of flavours sounds so good. Maybe then I'll become a whiskey drinker!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of December 2018

My husband is a big whiskey fan and I've become a fan as well! This drink is a great introduction.


Friday 28th of December 2018

Incredible cocktail recipe for any occasion!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of December 2018

Thank you Tisha!


Friday 28th of December 2018

Wow, I wish I was sipping on one of these cocktails right now. We spell it 'whisky', here, but after a few of these, I don't think it would matter which way they were spelt. Thanks for sharing!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of December 2018

You're welcome Adrianne!


Friday 28th of December 2018

This cocktail looks festive and delightful. As a Canadian, I will be spelling it whisky. (I had no idea there were different spellings, thanks for that fun fact)

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of December 2018

I'm glad you liked the fact too! Thanks Colleen.

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