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This easy spiced cranberry cider cocktail recipe uses only three ingredients and is perfect for your holiday parties!

This easy spiced cranberry cider cocktail recipe uses only three ingredients - rum, cranberry juice and hard cider. Perfect for your holiday parties!

Chelsey from Budget Girl!

Over Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law visited and she introduced us to this awesome new drink. Just three simple ingredients: spiced rum, cranberry juice, and hard apple cider.

Who likes easy drinks? Chelsey likes easy drinks. So this was a huge hit with me (go me). I made too many of them. Be careful with the easy drinks. 😛

For the cider, any brand will work for this, but I definitely prefer Strongbow or Woodchuck. In fact, I'm dying to try Strongbow's Cherry Blossom hard cider in this. But for the sake of today's recipe, I used a hard apple cider from Hard Pressed. I'd never had it before this and it was fine.

For the rum, I used Captain Morgan, though my sister-in-law usually prefers Sailor Jerry. As long as it's spiced rum, any brand will do.


Easy Spiced Cranberry Cider Drink Recipe

  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz hard cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir to combine.


If you have cocktail straws, one of my new favorite things to do with recipes like this (which I did with the orange cranberry margaritas, too) is use frozen cranberries as ice. Your drink gets cold, but not watered down.

So if you're looking for a variety of drinks for your holiday parties, add this one to the list. Anything that's easy to fix for people, or for people to make on their own, is definitely a must-have.

Need more holiday drinks? Try my 3 ingredient pear martini, caramel apple cocktail (perfect served warm or cold), apple cider bourbon whiskey cocktail (great for just leaving the ingredients on the table for guests to mix on their own), slow cooker mulled wine (a holiday classic), or peppermint chocolate martini.

Easy Spiced Cranberry Cider Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz hard cider


  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
  2. Stir to combine.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 108kcal Calories from fat 1
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 0g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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