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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: 115 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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
    Super easy and sooooo good! Was a total party hit!! When you are cooking the cranberry jam is smells SO amazing! Cocktail was fun, easy to make. Not too sweet. Would highly reccomend!

    1. Hey Pamela,
      You bet! It will be good for 2 weeks in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    So yummy, and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! It’s refreshing enough to balance out the rich meal, but spiced and warm enough to fit in perfectly.

    1. Hi Cassie,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This drink was a hot with the whole family. We are enjoying it as I type. The candied rosemary was a fun touch. Thank you, Tieghan!

    1. Hi Mary,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Omg this was so delicious. I’m going home and making another batch right now. This was seriously so good. You’d think it was made at a fancy cocktail bar. Just wow. Honestly one of the beat drinks I’ve had. Wow.

  5. Gosh, I cannot wait to try this. Thinking I may also do a variation with this tangerine vodka that I have from my distillery subscription. Guess I’ll have to do some testing this weekend! Haha. Thanks for sharing, and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  6. Loved this!! Skipped the Cardamom as it was pretty pricey – it was still delicious. Trader Joes had candied orange slices that were an easy garnish! Will definitely make this again!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this simple syrup twice.. I did something wrong the first time and it turned out like a jam instead of a syrup. However; it was a happy mistake because this jam is 10/10! The drinks were great, but spreading my cranberry cardamom jam on toast is even better.

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for a small Christmas party and it was a huge hit. It was a beautiful color and flavor was very balanced. Definitely a keeper!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a little piece of holiday heaven in my mouth. I plan on making extra batches to give as presents to some of my girlfriends so they can enjoy this as well. Thank you!

  10. I really want to make this recipe to accompany Thanksgiving dinner for my house this year. But I couldn’t find either elderflower liquor or syrup. Does anyone who has made this have a recommendations for what i could use as a substitute?

    1. Hey Maya,
      You can just skip it:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Heather,
      You can skip them:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  11. How would you substitute non alcoholic ingredients into this, while still getting to enjoy the variety and depths of flavors?

    1. Hey Susannah,
      I would omit the alcohol and add additional ginger beer and cranberry juice. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  12. This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Thank you Tieghan!

  13. It’s a wonderful combination of sweet honey, fresh cranberries, rosemary and warm cardamom. Honey helps balance the sourness of cranberries, while rosemary and cardamom add warmth

  14. I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was a huge hit! Making it again this week. How many days in advance can I make the syrup?

    1. Hi Rheanna! You can make the syrup up to 1 week ahead of time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hi Judy! Yes, it’s the same as Angostura bitters. You can find them at the liquor store. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  15. hi Tieghan! do you think it would work well if i omitted the elderberry liquor and added whiskey or bourbon? i am NOT a bartender but wanted to make this drink something the men at our Friendsgiving will want to drink too!

    1. Hi!! Yum! I think bourbon will be so good. Great idea!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  16. Good morning.. Hope you catch this…as it is year late. 🙂
    What can I sub for Elderberry Liquor ?
    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Leslie! You can just omit that liquor. Not a huge deal at all. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    I have made this last week for a dinner party it was a huge hit!!! doing it again tomorrow night and im going to serve it with dry ice this time 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    I usually make one new cocktail recipe every year for Thanksgiving. It’s our family tradition! This recipe was the one I chose for Thanksgiving 2018 and it was a sensational hit! The rosemary really married well with the cranberries and the ginger beer balances the flavors quite nicely. Everyone loved it so much they even requested I craft this same cocktail again next year! That’s saying something. I’ll happily make this drink our new family tradition. Thank you for this delicious cocktail!

    1. Hi Courtney! That is so amazing! I am so glad everyone loved this cocktail and I hope they love it just as much this year! Thank you!

  19. Hi Tieghan!

    I made the rosé spritzer for my Holiday Party this December. It was a huge hit and everyone loved it! Not to mention your directions were great! Thank you so much for sharing! This was first of many recipes I intend to try of yours 🙂 Thanks for everything you do! Have a wonderful Holiday with your family.

  20. 5 stars
    Hi I was wondering if you could replace fresh with frozen cranberry’s and if the ginger beer was alcoholic or non-alcoholic?

    1. Hi Lara! Yes, frozen should work great with this. Also, I used non alcoholic ginger beer. I hope you love this recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    I made this for a party recently. It was a hit! I made a second batch of syrup and added the ginger beer and topped it off with a some sparkling water for the non drinkers in the crowd. Your Spiced Cranberry Spritzer recipe was loved by all……the candied rosemary was the perfect garnish. Your a genius!

  22. 5 stars
    Made this on a whim after craving it all week / seeing it on your instagram story. Oh. My. Gosh….Best decision of my life. I can’t wait to make it again for everyone I know !

    1. Hey Meagan, punch bowl is from Crate and Barrel from a couple years ago. The glasses are Anthropologie, also from a couple years ago.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this for our Thanksgiving feast. It was a hit. I actually had Elderflower syrup (but not Elderflower liqueur) on hand. Rose wine proved a little hard to find (but I managed it). I think nearly pink wine would suffice. However, I had to go to he most expensive liquor store in town to find he ginger beer. It was worth it!. The ginger beer and the Rosemary (ours was growing in the garden) absolutely makes this drink.

  24. 5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious drink! It was a big hit at our thanksgiving celebration!! I made a large batch and everyone loved it. I am a bartender and it was a busy day. The ease of your recipe and the fact I could pre-make it was a blessing. Hope you enjoyed your holiday. I look forward to more of your fab concoctions!

  25. I plan on making this for Thanksgiving but I need a large quantity (enough for 7 people) When doubling the recipe; should I make double the amount of cranberry syrup ingredients too?

    1. Hey Colleen! Yes, I would also double the syrup. You will have some leftover, but it keeps for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Please let me know if you have other questions. I really hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  26. Hi Tieghan,
    I am writing an article on my blog featuring some of the recipes I’d love to make during the holidays and these cocktails look absolutely deliciiiiiious! Could I feature the first photo on my site (with a link to this recipe of course)?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Murielle! Yes, you may use the photo with credit to HBH, but please do not copy the recipe, just link back to my site for it! Thank you!

  27. Looks amazing can’t wait to try it this weekend with friends. I don’t have cardamom pods but can I use ground cardamom – how much?

    1. Hey Carrie! I would use 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  28. Do you add the ginger beer to the pitcher? or do you just top each glass with it? and that is 4-6 12oz bottles of ginger beer for the 1 bottle of wine? Just wanted to double check in case I were to double the recipe

    1. I add the ginger beer to the pitcher, but only just before serving. and yes it is 4-6 (12 ounce) bottles of ginger beer. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  29. Hey there! Excited to make this for a Friendsgiving. When adding the cranberry juice – should that be cranberry juice cocktail or unsweetened cranberry juice? Same question for pomegranate juice.

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Laura! Use unsweetened cranberry juice and not cranberry cocktail! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  30. I made this last night for a Friendsgiving. Couldn’t even take a moment to snap a pic because I was too busy pouring everyone their own cup! I even doubled the recipe and it was gone in 1 hr. People loved the sugared rosemary garnish. It was perfect. Not too sweet at all. Enjoyed by everyone!

    1. HI! I think prosecco will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lyn! They are the cranberries from the syrup. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    This looks so beautiful and so good!
    I am making it!
    Are there floating cranberries in your drinks in photos? Did you add some (fresh?) to each glass? Or are those from jam/syrup (not strained?) hard to tell… thank you!!

    1. Hi Sharon! Those cranberries are from the jam. I did not add any fresh to my glasses….but you certainly can if you would like! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  32. Wanted you to know for some strange reason photos in this do not show up in I-pad, only your sub-titles naming what shot you want in each frame (last shot, horizontal photo of Spiced Rose’ Spritzers on trey). What ever the glitch is I am sure you might not want this happening in the future and wondering if anyone else had the same problem?

  33. This looks sooo good and I am going to try it for Thanksgiving! Did you mean to say “rosemary and cardamon pods” in Section #1, instead of thyme?

    1. HI!! I meant rosemary! Thanks for catching the typo! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan