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Cranberry Mandarin Martini

Updated on April 16, 2016
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Kaili is an oenophile who has taken many wine and spirits courses over the years. She also happens to be married to a sommelier.


An Absolut-ly pleasant cranberry cocktail

4.9 stars from 8 ratings of Cranberry Mandarin Martini

Year-round pleaser

This cranberry cocktail and ABSOLUT MANDRIN drink is a wonderful way to cool off on a hot summer day. The tartness of cranberry was made for ABSOLUT MANDRIN.

It is also perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, as a cocktail before dinner or as a sipper to have with your turkey.

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: one 5 or 6 ounce drink


  • 2-3 ounces ABSOLUT MANDRIN
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice, or cranberry cocktail
  • orange peel and frozen mandarin orange sections, (both optional)

ABSOLUT-ly easy to prepare

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes.

2. Pour in the ABSOLUT MANDRIN and the cranberry juice.

3. Shake well until the shaker is a little frosty on the outside.

4. Strain contents into a 6 ounce martini glass.

5. Garnish with a curl of orange peel or pop in a couple of frozen mandarin orange sections.

For Thanksgiving or Christmas, add a couple of frozen cranberries or ice cubes that have cranberries in them.


  1. Nothing to prepare in advance unless you count making ice cubes.
  2. To freeze the (optional) mandarin orange sections, simply remove them from their syrup and place them on a cookie sheet one by one. Pop the cookie sheet in the freezer and you are all set.


According to the ABSOLUT website, it was not until 1979 that the V&S Absolut Spirits company started exporting vodka to the United States. Despite this late entry into the export market, ABSOLUT’s success is based on over 400 years of vodka-making tradition in Sweden.

In the late 1800s, a man called Lars Olsson Smith, 'The King of Vodka', came up with a new way of purifying vodka. He then went on to coin the ABSOLUT name based in part on the Swedish name for 'absolutely pure vodka'. Smith registered the brand name in 1879, and the company continued to work on their product, refining and purifying it further.

Prior to entering the export market, the company recognized that they needed to develop a new bottle. The origin of the bottle design we know so well today was an old pharmacy bottle that was found in an antique shop. The company loved the design and the product was launched in its new bottle.

Ready for the export market in 1979, in five short years ABSOLUT was available in 18 countries, and by 1985 it had become the number one imported vodka in the United States in terms of sales. ABSOLUT is now one of the most recognized and best-selling vodka brands in the world, second only to Smirnoff.

The Absolut Company has worldwide responsibility for the production and marketing of ABSOLUT VODKA, MALIBU, KAHLÚA, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Frïs. MALIBU is the number one coconut-flavored rum in the world, sold in more than 150 countries, while KAHLÚA coffee liqueur is the world leader in its category.

How ABSOLUT is made

The ingredients used in ABSOLUT are wheat, enzymes, yeast and pure well water. The flavored versions of ABSOLUT use only natural ingredients including berries, fruit and spice. Wheat is fermented to create alcohol, and undergoes purification and distillation. ABSOLUT still uses the process developed by Lars Olsson Smith called continuous distillation; ABSOLUT is distilled hundreds of times until all of the impurities have been removed. Every bottle of ABSOLUT is produced in Åhus, Sweden.


Who hasn’t seen these catchy ads? In 1985 Andy Warhol painted the ABSOLUT VODKA bottle, and since then hundreds of artists from all fields of art have worked on the various advertising campaigns. The photography and the images from these campaigns have become iconic, and posters, books and other items are available for sale.

In 2007, the ABSOLUT brand decided to launch a new advertising campaign 'In an ABSOLUT world'.


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    • Zainab Tarawali profile image

      Musu Bangura 

      5 years ago from Nation's Capital

      The glasses are just too cute! Great article - I'm pinning it, adding it to stumbleupon and voting up!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your comments, and you are welcome! This is a very tasty drink for sure.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A really cool drink for summer! Looks so tempting and the instructions are so well explained.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi midget38 you are so welcome. It is really tasty and the color makes it very festive for the holidays.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious and I am definitely sharing this, especially with Christmas upon us once again. Thanks for sharing, Kaili!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Jo and thank you. It is easy to make a pitcher of this wonderful beverage if you have friends over too!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I now know what I'll be drinking this Christmas. Looks very refreshing, and I love the history.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much robie for the vote and the feedback. I was really surprised to learn that ABSOLUT wasn't available in the U.S. until 1979. Please feel free to share the recipe :-)

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      Roberta Kyle 

      6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      love the hub-- love the photos and love just the idea of that wonderful cranberry, mandarin martini served in that elegant glass.And who knew all that interesting stuff about Absolut? Voted up and awesome.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi cashmere and thank you for the follow. I use plastic glasses on the patio for safety :-)

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      6 years ago from India

      Love the glass! I've been recently bitten by the Cocktail bug and am learning all about them. Have been wanting to but a set of martini glasses, just have to find the time to go shopping!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Oh ya, a wee kick for sure :-)

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I bet this has a great kick to it, and I love the color!!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Marlene...please do and let me know if you prefer this one or the amaretto one :-)

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Oh, another fine drink recipe I must try this summer.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Max...mine too!

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, awesome! That's my kind of drink =)

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Angela, it really is yummy :-)

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I thought I already commented on this yummy treat but, I guess I didn't. I like this very much!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome Mhatter99!

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this recipe

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome...please let me know what you think once you try it :-)

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      6 years ago

      This drink looks really good. I love Martinis so will give it a shot. Thanks you, nice hub

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yeah...will sure do! looks very tempting!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi M...thanks for the visit. Give it a try! It is soooo good.

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      5 stars for this! Great tips!


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