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Cranberry sidecar in a martini glass that has rim decorated with sugar and lime zest.

Christmas Sidecar | A Festive Cranberry and Brandy Cocktail

Traditionally citrus-flavoured cocktail made with cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, Sidecar was always one of my favourites. To give it a Christmassy twist, we have added cranberry flavours to the cocktail for a bit of extra festive cheer!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Christmas
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 265 kcal


  • Cocktail Shaker (or see notes if you don't have one)


Cranberry Syrup (makes enough for approx. 2 cocktails):

  • 30 ml cranberry juice
  • 30 g caster sugar

For Two Cranberry Sidecar Cocktails:

  • 50 ml cranberry syrup
  • 120 ml brandy
  • 75 ml triple sec
  • 75 ml lime juice freshly squeezed


Make Cranberry Syrup:

  • Mix cranberry juice and caster sugar in a volume ratio of 1:1 in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar, bring to the boil and take off the heat. Leave to cool down completely.

Make Cocktails:

  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with 4 cubes of ice and shake. Pour into martini glasses.


If you don't have a cocktail shaker and can't justify buying one, here are a few suggestions: 
  • A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
  • A sturdy mason jar 
  • A smoothie maker glass 


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
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