Cranberry Red Wine Spritzer

Red wine spritzerAs you know, I have a deep love for white wine spritzers. And I don't want to be a fair-weather friend, but white wine spritzers seem so summertime to me. Where Elsie and I live, it's fall (in case you haven't heard us mention this yet). And yet it's not quite mulled wine weather. So what's a girl to do? Behold friends: cranberry red wine spritzers. 
Red wine spritzer recipeCranberry Red Wine Spritzers, makes 3-4 servings

Needed: 1 bottle of red wine, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (or a few cinnamon sticks—I was out) 1 cup chopped cranberries and club soda to serve.

Chop cranberries in half. Then fill to a cup. You don't need them to be finely chopped. In a small pot, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon (sticks) and cranberries. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 12-15 minutes until wine has slightly reduced (if youre wine reduces much faster turn the heat down or remove from heat entirely). Allow wine to cool and remove cranberry pieces. Then chill in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, fill a glass with half wine and half club soda.
Red wine and cranberryFor the cranberry garnish simply skewer cranberries onto a small wooden stick (mine are kabob sticks). Rinse with water and generously sprinkle with sugar. Then freeze for an hour or overnight so the sugar adheres to the cranberries.

I really liked this as a winter replacement for white wine spritzers. This cranberry red wine version felt a little bit more fancy, and the addition of cinnamon made it feel festive too. 🙂 xo. Emma

  • Brilliant idea. I love mulled wine, but can’t drink more than one or two glasses without feeling pretty full. This looks way more drinkable.

  • Oh gosh darn! I love red wine and cranberry juice….if only I wasn’t so pregnant.

    Maria xx

  • Yum, I will definitely have to invite the ladies over and give it a try!


  • YUM! You guys might drive me to drink with all your fall drink posts (in a totally good way). 🙂


  • This looks so tasty! And appropriate for fall too! Do you think it would be possible to substitute the cranberries with strawberries or another type of fruit for those who don’t like cranberry?

  • O M G …if it wasn’t 10 o’clock on a random “school” night and i didn’t have to be at work early in the morning…I would be making this NOW. So yummy sounding…can’t wait to try it…in fact this will be my special thanksgiving cocktail!!

    ~ Jillian

  • Absolutely love cranberries, think this would be a great cocktail/wine for Christmas.

  • Looks super yummy and perfect for the holidays.

  • oh boy do these sound delightful. SO SO going to make one (or four) of these this weekend. 🙂

  • Holy cow, this looks really delicious. And so pretty! 🙂

  • This looks so good! Might try this the next time I have guests!


  • Natalie- It will reduce the amount of alcohol. It could reduce a lot if you boil it for a long period. Anytime you cook (or in this case, heat) alcohol (wine or liquors) it will reduce the alcohol content some, just like how water will begin to evaporate when heated too. That being said this is still an alcoholic beverage and should still be served and drank responsibly.

  • Wouldn’t this cook off the alcohol & isn’t red wine supposed to be consumed at room temperature?

  • This looks delicious! But doesn’t the alcohol evaporate when you boil the wine? Nothing wrong with a non-alcoholic drink, but what to do to keep the alcohol in the drink?

  • Mmmmm.. nice!

  • Oh this is perfect ! I gonna try it !

    XX Luba
    Well Living Blog

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  • Wow this sounds amazing! So Autumn-y and yummy. You guys never cease to amaze with all these ideas! Happy Fall-ing 🙂


  • Sounds great! It is a bit sad that all of the alcohol in the red wine will be gone by the time you’re done boiling!

  • wow…if I’m honest, the idea of sparkling red wine freaks me out slightly but you’ve certainly intrigued me!

  • You leave me itching to throw a party. Great drink and cranberry swizzle sticks too!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  • This drink looks so delicious, and would be so great as a signature drink for a Fall Wedding or Party…amazing!

  • This looks so rest, why I am allergic to cranberry’s!!

  • OMG this looks so delicious!

    want to follow each other? 🙂

  • Such a great way to incorporate cranberry into a seasonally appropriate drink! Much better than the typical “cranberry and vodka” combo.

  • Yum! Makes me wish fresh cranberries were available here in Australia just to make those adorable swizzle sticks. Frozen will have to do.

    Thanks for another great recipe.

  • That looks delicious! Until I turn 21, though, I’ll have to fine an alternative for the red whine. Time to through a small gathering in my dorm!

  • Whenever I hear the words “Wine Spritzer” I cringe, picturing an elderly lady ordering one. But lo and behold, you’ve made a hip, tasty looking beverage here!!

    PS: Stop by my blog, I’ve done a lot of thrifting late;y and put together a Moonrise Kingdom outfit as well!


  • i’ve been looking for a drink to make for a party that i’m hosting next month – this is perfect!


  • Sounds delicious! This could easily be served at a Christmas cocktail party too. Pinning this for later 🙂


  • YUM! Never been a fan of red wine but it softened up a bit sounds pretty good. 🙂

  • Cranberries arent so popular in my country…but I will look for it at the supermarket cause I wanna taste your receipe! 🙂 Lovely pic girls!

  • Everything on this site is always so beautifully photographed. I really want to try this even though I hate red wine.

  • I’m a seasonal drinker as well! White wine in the summer and red in the winter. Looks delish!

  • Holy cow this looks and sounds amazing! I love cranberry and wine, this is going on my list to try this season!

  • This kinda makes me think of a special drink of Scandinavian called Glögi (in Finnish) and it is usually mixed with red wine. Uhmm I think your recipe would be pretty much tasty like that. Must try 🙂

    Anh @ Fab ‘n Fun

  • This looks yummy 🙂

    Hey, you guys have been making more recipe stuff lately, no?
    If so, cheers! We love it.


  • This is such a great idea! I adore mulled wine, but here in FL it is not even time to bring out the hot cocoa! This spritzer is amazing and I will definitely have to try this.

  • Looks delicious! Red wine is my favorite so I am going to have to try this out!

  • This looks refreshing and tasty. Plus, filled with anti-oxidants. I love your happy hour posts.

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