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Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail

Low glass filled with a cranberry whiskey cocktails garnished with frosted cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

Hello there! Did we all survive Thanksgiving?!

I’ll admit it’s been a solid 5 days and I finally feel like I am getting out of my Thanksgiving slump. I think it may have been all the food that put me into a REAL funk. I was having pie every day for breakfast, sleeping in till ten and just generally slugging it a little, which isn’t like me at all. The weeks prior I had been waking up at 5AM to start working and going until midnight.

I also will admittedly tell you I had a birthday the day after Thanksgiving and I was very much feeling a ‘quarter life crisis’ for a few days. I even bought a car… but I’ll save that for another time lolz. Turning a year older as an entrepreneur is a lot scarier than what birthdays used to feel like. I worry about weird things like 401k and health insurance. There is 100% so much that you don’t see go on in an ‘entrepreneurs’ life. Just know that this crazy influencer life is 75% amazing and 25% terrifying! I also pretty much have an going feeling in life that I haven’t done enough. I haven’t gotten married yet, I haven’t boughten a house, the thought of having children terrifies me and life just has a general imbalance these days #workaholic.

Whenever I have a few days like this I put on my big girl pants, drink a few green juices (and maybe some tequila) and just generally calm myself down and remind myself the world isn’t ending. I can be a little dramatic sometimes, okay?! I feel like we should know this about each other.

Ingredients for Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Cinnamon Sticks 
  • Whiskey or Bourbon
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup 

Cranberry whiskey being poured into a low glass garnished with frosted cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

I also managed to put up all the Christmas decorations this weekend! Nesting is one of my most used forms of anti anxiety! We have everything up except for our tree. I feel like it is also socially acceptable to start posting Christmasy/holiday-esk content! So here we go!

First up is a Mrs. Claus cranberry whiskey cocktail! This is a two part series to a Santa Claus cocktail to come in a few weeks!

This Mrs. Claus cocktail is filled with things that totally make me envision what Mrs. Claus would drink. Like, this is her cocktail like margaritas are my cocktail. It’s a sweet, tarty, spicy and very colorful!

This easy Christmas cocktail is a blend of cranberry juice, whiskey, cinnamon sticks and more! It’s the perfect holiday cocktail for those nights spent watching Christmas movies with only the Christmas tree light flowing through. Those are the best nights, aren’t they?!

How to make Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail: 

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon, cranberry juice, whiskey, and rosemary simple syrup and ice
  2. Shake cocktail for 30 seconds and pour into a chilled glass. Serve with a rosemary sprig and sugared cranberries. 
  3. To make sugar cranberries + sugar rosemary dip into water and sprinkle generously with sugar. Let dry completely before serving. 

Three low glasses filled with cranberry whiskey garnished with frosted cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

More winter cocktails you’ll love: 

If you make this Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail, be sure to tag me on Pinterest and Instagram! I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community!

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Mrs. Claus Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail


This Mrs. Claus cocktail cranberry whiskey cocktail is filled with things that make me envision what Mrs. Claus would drink. This is her cocktail, like margaritas are my cocktail. It’s a sweet, tarty, spicy and very colorful! This easy Christmas cocktail is a blend of cranberry juice, whiskey, cinnamon sticks and more!



2 Ounces of Cranberry Juice
Cinnamon Sticks or 1/4 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 Ounces Whiskey or Bourbon
12 Tablespoons of Rosemary Simple Syrup


  1. Break the cinnamon stick in half or add in 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to shaker. Fill shaker with cranberry juice, whiskey, rosemary simple syrup and ice.
  2. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour into glass. Serve with rosemary sprig and sugared cranberries. (Dip cranberries + rosemary sprigs into water and sprinkle with sugar. Let dry for a holiday sugared look!)


*Note: to make rosemary simple syrup, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a simmer. Remove from heat and add in three 5-inch rosemary sprigs. Steep for 20 minutes and strain mixture into a jar.

Keywords: holiday cocktails, Christmas, holiday, drinks, cocktails

Low glasses filled with a cranberry whiskey cocktails garnished with frosted cranberries and a rosemary sprig. With cinnamon sticks and a copper strainer.


  1. Laura Mac
    January 24, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    Mmmmmm. I believe i really enjoyed it. My glass is now empty…

  2. Gloria
    December 10, 2020 / 9:57 am

    hey guys!

    just asking if i can replace the cranberry juice with a cranberry-blueberry-raspberry juice that i found in the market. i couldn’t find straight cranberry juice..

  3. Mihaela
    December 5, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    Hi! Can you please tell me where to find those glasses? My email is

    Thank you for this recipe!!!

  4. M Kasper
    November 27, 2020 / 4:28 pm

    This was just okay to me. Might be because I’m a whiskey fan, the cranberry and rosemary didn’t enhance the bourbon for me, just distracted from it. Certainly not bad, and did feel like a big ole cup of Christmas with the cranberry AND rosemary. Actually I bet leaving out the cranberry juice and just using the rosemary simple syrup to make an old fashioned would be amazing. Be right back…

  5. Kristin
    December 9, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    Do you use cranberry juice cocktail or straight up cranberry juice?
    Thank you!

    • elizabethvanlierde7698
      December 18, 2019 / 12:13 am

      Hi Kristin! I think the cocktail will taste best with straight cranberry juice. Cranberry juice cocktail may make it too sweet.

  6. Francesca
    November 30, 2019 / 11:54 am

    The pics are beautiful; I love the pops of red from the cranberries and the grounding green and brown of the rosemary and cinnamon. Keeping it clean and open with the snowy white background was so smart and festive. Love these glasses too. Can you share where you purchased them from?

  7. Felicia
    December 31, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    We made these and they were delicious! So delicious they got a second go’round, with slightly less cinnamon.

  8. fofi p
    December 21, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    looks so festive~

  9. December 19, 2018 / 4:10 am

    I used agave and a sprig of rosemary because I was in a rush. Still super delish! Keeper.

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