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red clausmopolitan pouring into martini glass out of a silver shaker

Santa Clausmopolitan

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A Santa"Clausmopolitan" is the ultimate festive holiday drink! It's a bright red holiday cocktail made with zesty cranberry juice, vodka, and notes of lime and orange. Rim the glass with crushed candy canes!


  • Candy cane, for rim (optional, feel free to use sugar instead)
  • One lime wedge, along with the juice and reserved zest of one half
  • 1.5 oz citrus vodka or regular vodka (one shot)*
  • 2 oz cranberry juice (.25 cups)
  • 1 oz Cointreau (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries for garnishing, optional


  1. Begin by carefully crushing a candy cane into small pieces. This can be done in a high speed blender or by carefully crushing by hand under a heavy glass. Spread powder onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your cocktail glass to moisten it, then dip in the powder to coat. Set aside.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and optional Cointreau inside. Add lid and shake until your hands are cold, about 20 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into prepared glass. Zest reserved lime over top. Garnish with cranberries if using and serve immediately.


*While not traditional, I like using gin in place of vodka as it has a "piney" aroma that works well for the holidays. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand!

** Nutrition facts calculated without Cointreau.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 141 calories
  • Sugar: 7 grams
  • Sodium: 4.5 milligrams
  • Fat: 0.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 11.9 grams
  • Fiber: 0.1 grams
  • Protein: 0.2 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams