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Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit with these Spiced Cranberry Rosé Spritzers. Homemade spiced cranberry jam, woodsy rosemary, fruity rosé, sweet elderflower liquor, fresh citrus, and spicy ginger beer. Mix everything together to create a festive pitcher style cocktail that’s easy to create, refreshing, and delicious. Bonus…this drink can be made ahead of time for easy holiday entertaining, and the festive red color doubles as a gorgeous decor piece on any table!

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And just like that I’m in full on holiday mode. Can’t help it, this time of year makes me so happy! And with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away it’s hard not to be excited. Anyone else feeling the same?

We’ve been having the coziest weather up here in the mountains. It’s inspired me to create recipes that will to warm us up from the inside out. That’s honestly one of the cheesiest things I’ll say, but it’s the truth. I know it’s hard to imagine a drink warming you up, especially one that’s served over ice, but the spices in this wine spritzer do just that.

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The key to this fun drink is the cranberry jam/syrup. It’s actually kind of a mix between a jam and syrup. It uses fresh fruit like a jam would, but it’s consistency is much more syrup like. SO, it’s kind of a cross between the two. Whatever you’d like to call it, it’s a delicious mix of sweet honey, fresh tart cranberries, rosemary, and warming cardamon. The honey balances out the tart cranberries, while the rosemary and cardamon add coziness and warmth. Perfect for a Thanksgiving spritzer.

To make the jam, just add all ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil, boil a minute or two, and done, so simple.

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Once the jam has cooled, add it to a pitcher, along with a bottle of your favorite rosé, elderflower liquor (this is my favorite right now), cranberry or pomegranate juice, and a few dashes of orange bitters. Chill the mix, and then just before serving, add fresh citrus slices. I used blood oranges, but regular oranges or grapefruit would be great too. Top it all off with fizzy, spicy, ginger beer (another one of my favorites).

This cocktail is both refreshing and warming, perfect for a chilly November night, or a snow filled Thanksgiving Day…

Complete with cozy blankets, a roaring fire and candles galore. ENJOY!

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If you make this cranberry rosé spritzer please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spiced Cranberry Rosé Spritzers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories Per Serving: 694 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon cardamon pods or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé wine
  • 4 ounces elderflower liquor
  • 1/3 cup cranberry or pomegranate juice
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitter
  • 2 blood oranges or regular oranges, sliced
  • 4-6 (12 ounce) ginger beers, to your taste


  • 1. To make the cranberry syrup: In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, cranberries, rosemary, and cardamon to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the rosemary and cardamon pods. If desired, strain out the cranberries.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry syrup, rosé, elderflower liquor, cranberry juice, and orange bitters. Chill until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
    3. Add the orange slices and ginger beer just before serving. Garnish each drink with a candied rosemary (recipe below), if desired. 

Candied Rosemary

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently run rosemary sprigs under a little water to dampen and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the rosemary with granulated sugar on all sides, making sure the rosemary is thoroughly coated in sugar. Allow to dry on the baking sheet for 1 hour. The rosemary can be made 1 day in advance and stored at room temperature.
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  1. 5 stars
    I had extra cranberries so we decided to have these for Christmas Eve—we loved them, especially the fact that I was able to make the base the day before and chilled it! I made the sugared Rosemary and thought it was especially beautiful for a holiday drink with the orange slice. So refreshing with the rich food!

  2. Is there a way to make this non-alcholic? 21 yr old son wants mocktails, but the rest of us would enjoy this as is 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Hello, do you have a suggestion on how to make this non alcoholic? Pregnant mama here. Could I serve rose on the side for those able to drink?

    1. Hi there! You could definitely serve it on the side for those who are able to drink, and for a mocktail I would use your fave sparkling water! xT

  4. My sister-in-law made this for thanksgiving and it was a wild hit! Absolutely delicious and gorgeous! Thanks so much, I loved it.

    1. Hi Maurice,
      I always recommend that if the nutritional information is important to you, you use your own personal calculator. Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT

  5. Hi! I only have 3 cardamom pods left and no powder, should I just do that or is there another spice that would be good to add into the syrup – I have pumpkin pie spice that has all the things…

    1. Hey Helen,
      Sure you could totally do the pods, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe! Happy Thanksgiving! xT

    1. Hey Kimberly,
      The ginger beer is to taste, I like to use a heavy splash for each drink. I hope you love this recipe! Cheers! xx

  6. 3 stars
    My daughter made this for Christmas and it was delicious! Not too sweet, with great flavor. She also used ingredients to make a nonalcoholic version.

    1. Hey Neena,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Thanks for your comment! xx

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Sure, I don’t see why not! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! Cheers! xx

    1. Hey Barbara,
      I would go with a dryer rose:) Let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx