Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider Ice Cubes

Spike your holiday drink with special ice cubes
Cranberry Vodka

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What better way to spike your cocktail than with your ice cubes? It’s innovative, easy, and perfect for the holidays.

This recipe is courtesy of Jessica Merchant at Food Network.


  • 2 Cups apple cider
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Cups cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 Cup vodka
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Cup fresh cranberries for garnish


The day before you want to serve this, fill two ice cube molds with apple cider and freeze overnight. You may need a bit more or less of the cider, depending on the ice cube mold that you use. Heat the water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking the entire time. Cook until the mixture begins to bubble, and then remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature. To make the punch, combine the cranberry juice, vodka, orange juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and cinnamon sticks in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir well and refrigerate for a few hours

Cranberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cranberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.