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Oct 282014

Cranberry Martini

The purist will say that this Cranberry Martini isn’t a martini because it is made with vodka. Usually martinis are made with gin and vermouth. But then if James Bond drank a martini with a vodka, Gordon’s and Lillet, I can’t be that wrong!  Now I am not a Bond girl (though I do wish it sometimes), I think what’s good enough for Bond, James Bond is good enough for me. And just to keep the purist happy we do have a generous portion of gin in this martini. And made it as he would have wanted it –  Shaken, Not stirred !

Cranberry Martini


The beautiful color from cranberry juice makes this a perfect cocktail drink for the season. And this Cranberry Martini is what I am serving to the Progressive Eats Cocktails and Appetizers Party.

Cranberry Martini



Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.


This month’s theme is a Cocktail Party celebrating Creative Culinary’s 3rd year of Friday Cocktails. Be sure to hop over to Barb’s post where she is giving away a gorgeous wine bottle opener to one of our Progressive Eats readers.





Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini


  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 oz Tanquaray Gin
  • 1 oz Kru Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 olives


  1. Take a martini glass and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes
  2. Get the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the Vermouth in the glass and swirl it around so that the vermouth spreads evenly on the inside of the martini glass.
  3. Discard the remaining vermouth and put 2 olives on a stirrer stick, put them in the martini glass and put the martini glass back in the freezer for about 15 minutes
  4. Fill a shaker with ice and pour the gin, cucumber vodka and cranberry juice over ice
  5. Shake the mixture till its nicely mixed and chilled with ice
  6. Get the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the martini over the olives
  7. Enjoy the chilled drink and the soaked olives in the end

  8 Responses to “Cranberry Martini”

Comments (7)
  1. I don’t drink but love the pretty color.

  2. Fun pictures! And great cocktail — fabulous color. Sounds so intriguing — I should try this!

  3. I love this! I’ve seen plenty of sweet cranberry “martinis” before, but never one that used olives or vermouth, too. Cucumber vodka sounds really good, btw.

  4. Dang, Ansh! Gor-jus! Love that you kept it tart and dry and went with olives. Very sexy!

  5. I love your photos! The drink looks so elegant and gorgeous!! Perfect for a festive party!!

  6. What a beautiful presentation – love the idea of sweet and salty in your martini with the olive + cranberry juice!

  7. Such a gorgeous color…and so perfectly presented in the chilled martini glass!!! Perfect party cocktail.


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