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Cranberry Lime Mocktail

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  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This non-alcoholic cranberry mocktail recipe is an easy holiday drink everyone can enjoy!



For The Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves

For The Mocktail:

  • Ice
  • 1 oz. mint simple syrup
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. cranberry juice** 
  • 24 oz. sparkling water/soda water
  • Optional garnishes: lime slices, fresh mint leaves, fresh cranberries or sugared cranberries, rosemary sprigs


Start By Making The Mint Simple Syrup

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then turn off the heat and add fresh mint leaves.
  2. Steep the mint for at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours, then cool to room temperature.
  3. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store in a glass jar.
  4. Mint syrup will keep several weeks in the fridge and can be made in advance.

Then, Make Your Mocktail

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Build your drink. Pour in mint simple syrup, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, and 1/4-1/2 cup sparkling water to fill the glass the rest of the way.
  3. Gently stir to combine, then top with your favorite garnishes.


*Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator several weeks. If you don’t think you’ll use it all, feel free to cut the simple syrup ingredients in half, so you use 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup mint leaves. 

**I use a 100% cranberry juice blend, not a sweetened cranberry juice cocktail. It’s usually a blend of juices, like cranberry-pomegranate, or cranberry, apple, and pear juice, etc. I just choose one without added sugar. 

Scale It Up! If you’re serving a crowd, you can easily scale this recipe for a pitcher or punch bowl. You use 1 part simple syrup, 2 parts lime juice, 4 parts cranberry juice, and 2-4 parts sparkling water/soda water. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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