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A Change of Holiday Plans + A Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

Cranberry Orange Spritzer
This was supposed to be a post with photos of all the delicious things I baked to bring with us when we visited our families for Christmas. But I didn’t do any baking. And we are not in Illinois!

Bowl of Cranberries
And you know what didn’t seem like the best idea? Making several batches of cookies, fudge, and candies when Christmas is just going to be me and the husband.

So no holiday baking. But I still wanted to post something today, and then I got the idea of doing a Cranberry Orange Spritzer. I mean, not only are cranberries holiday appropriate, but they’re also good for urinary health, right? Perfect! If there were such a thing as cranberry Orangina, this would taste just like it–it’s very orange-y, but with a tart kick from the cranberries.

Anyway, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

Cranberry Orange Spritzer

A festive non-alcoholic drink for the holidays made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and sparkling water.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 -4 servings


  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • 2 c. freshly-squeezed orange juice about 5 large oranges
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 two-inch piece ginger peeled and sliced into thick coins (optional)
  • 2 c. sparkling water chilled (or more if you like it less sweet)


  • Combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and ginger in a medium pan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Continue to boil until cranberries begin to pop. Once cranberries have popped open and softened, use the back of a wooden spoon to smash them against the side of the pan. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Strain cooled cranberry mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids and refrigerate juice until chilled, about an hour. Transfer juice to pitcher and stir in sparkling water. Serve with cranberries or orange slices as garnish, if desired.


Total time doesn't include time needed to chill cranberry mixture.
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  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    December 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Aw, I’m sorry you had to change your plans like that. Hope your kitty is feeling better! And I hope you had a great Christmas anyways 🙂 (and I hope you’re starting to feel better now too. I am so done with cold season!)

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      December 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      I think everyone I know has been sick in these last few weeks of December! I thought I was getting better, but now my cold has turned into a hacking, constant cough. So Miso and I have been sick together this weekend. 🙂

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    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds
    December 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of cranberries but when they’re mixed with oranges I absolutely love them! I need to add this to my list of things to make for Thanksgiving next year.

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      December 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Yeah, I was never a fan of cranberry juice (it’s too intense for me, I guess), but I do like it when it’s mixed with other juices…

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    December 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    These are so pretty and festive!

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    December 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Poor kitty, I hope he’s doing better! The spritzer looks delicious!

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      December 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      He had surgery on Friday and he is doing SO much better now. I hope this never happens to him again–it was really scary! 🙁

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    This looks so refreshing! Hope you all are feeling better!

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    debra pearlstein
    January 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’m a cranberry fan. This looks so very refreshing. I’d love one now.

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