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Last Updated on December 6, 2019 by

A fantastic cranberry cocktail. Sweet and sour cocktail with the flavors of apple and cranberry!



With October being right around the corner, like trips to apple orchards and pumpkin patches competing for time on our calendar! We definitely are feeling that fall is in the air. While we were looking at the calendars we noticed a day that we thought might be near and dear to our readers’ hearts, National Vodka Day!



Sweet and Sour Cocktail

We were kicking around some ideas for a cocktail we could make to celebrate National Vodka Day on October 4th, when we were approached by the folks at Smirnoff to try out their new product, Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka.



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The Cranberry Sweet and Sour cocktail with a jar of simple syrup and bottle of Smirnoff

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What to do with the Vodka?

Naturally faced with the prospect of getting some vodka in the mail, we jumped at the chance to get Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka. Then we with a cranberry cocktail recipe that not only would help us celebrate National Vodka Day. It would also capture some of those great flavors that fall brings.



With our bottle of Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka on the way, we decided to embrace the bold flavor of cranberry and make a Cranberry Sweet and Sour.






Featuring a cranberry sweet and sour mix, the Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka, a dash of aromatic bitters and topped with a splash of soda water. This Cranberry Sweet and Sour is a crisp, refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on a crisp fall day!




The Cranberry Sweet and Sour Cocktail



What is Smirnoff Sourced?

Smirnoff Sourced is Smirnoff’s new line of vodkas that are naturally flavored with real fruit juices. This is to create a flavored vodka with more intense authentic flavors than your typical flavored vodkas. Smirnoff Sourced Vodkas are gluten free and use no high fructose corn syrup. This makes Smirnoff Sourced a more mature vodka, not overly sweet, the flavors less candy like.




The vodka was a deep red, the color of real cranberries, an aroma of tart cranberries and crisp apple that smelled like the fall fruits.




The Cranberry Sweet and Sour cocktail with a jar of simple syrup




For the Cranberry Sweet and Sour, we wanted a fresh made cranberry sweet and sour mix. We started out making a syrup with fresh cranberries, sugar and water, a sweet syrup with a bold cranberry flavor.



What Ingredients are Needed for the Cranberry Cocktail?

  • Cranberry Sweet and Sour Mix
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Cranberries
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cocktail
    • Cranberry Sweet and Sour Mix
    • Soda Water
    • Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka
    • Angostura BItters



To bring a sour component to the sour mix, we used apple cider vinegar. The combination of sweet cranberry syrup and sour apple cider vinegar making a nice sweet and sour mix that played across the different areas of the palette.




The Cranberry Sweet and Sour cocktail with a jar of simple syrup




Mixing in the fresh sweet and sour mix with the Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry and Apple Vodka really brought out the distinctive flavors of tart cranberry and crisp sweet apple. A dash of aromatic bitters adds a layer of warm baking spices that really evoked the flavors of fall, reminiscent of a fresh fruit crisp.




A splash of soda water adds a bit of bubbly fizz that helps bring out the aroma of the spices and fruits! Make your own with the White SodaStream Source Sparkling Water Maker!






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The Cranberry Sweet and Sour
Yield: 1

Cranberry Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A sweet and sour cranberry version of a sour cocktail.


Cranberry Sweet & Sour Mix

  • 2 cups cranberries (can use frozen)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

For the Cocktail

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka
  • 1 oz soda water
  • 4 oz cranberry sweet and sour mix


For the Cranberry Sweet & Sour Cocktail

Add ice to a rocks glass.

Add Smirnoff Sources Cranberry Apple Vodka, sweet and sour mix and bitters into the glass.

Stir to mix.

Top with soda water.


For the Cranberry Sweet and Sour Mix

Add cranberries, sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Simmer the mixture until the cranberries pop and crack.

Allow mixture to cool.

Strain liquid into an airtight container and mix with apple cider vinegar.

Store in a sealed container in fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 8.9gProtein: 0g

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Smirnoff Cranberry Sweet and Sour Cocktail - cranberry apple vodka, soda water, cranberry sweet and sour, angostura bitters




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