Spiced Citrus Cocktail

Cranberry syrup adds a pop of color and flavor to this layered citrus cocktail.

Start To Finish Time:
10 mins


  • 1 cup cranberry syrup*, chilled

  • 4 ounce (1/2 cup) vodka, chilled in the freezer

  • 2 cup lemonade, chilled

  • Red and white gum drops (optional)

Candied Cranberries

  • 1 cup grapefruit juice

  • 1 cup cranberry juice

  • 3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 12 ounce package frozen cranberries, thawed

  • ¼ cup red decorating sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


  1. Stir the cranberry syrup and vodka together in a small pitcher with a spout. Carefully divide the mixture among 4 cocktail glasses.

  2. For each serving, put a spoon, bowl side down, in the glass so that the tip of it rests on the glass just above the liquid. Pour 1/2 cup lemonade onto the back of the spoon so that it gently flows into the glass and settles on top of the cranberry mixture. If desired, thread gum drops onto cocktail skewers for garnish.

Candied Cranberries

  1. In a large saucepan combine the grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, 3 cups sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, zest, and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove and allow to cool until warm but not hot, about minutes.

  2. Add the cranberries to the mixture and stir. Let stand until room temperature. Transfer to a bowl; cover and chill overnight.

  3. Drain cranberries well, reserving syrup and vanilla bean. Cover and chill the syrup with the vanilla bean for up to 3 weeks. Remove 1/2 (about 2 cups) of the cranberries. Toss with 1/4 cup red decorating sugar. Toss remaining cranberries with the 1/4 cup white sugar.

  4. Spread the cranberries out in a parchment paper-lined shallow baking pan, keeping the colors separate. Let stand for 1 hour to dry. Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Use the leftover syrup from the candied cranberries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
56g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Total Sugars 55g
Vitamin C 10.5mg 53%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 0%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Folate, total 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.