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This brunch cocktail is the perfect choice when you’re hosting brunch. Try this vodka cocktail the next time you are having guests over.

When you’re hosting brunch, you want it to be a little bit more special than your standard breakfast or lunch recipe.

Brunch cocktail with vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice. 

Brunch Cocktail

Light, fruity beverages are perfect for brunch.

It’s traditional to add orange juice cocktails or cranberry juice cocktails to mimic the traditional juice that’s served with breakfast.

What’s a good alcoholic drink for the morning?

There are many different brunch cocktails that will work. Pair a light, fruity juice with your favorite alcohol. 

While I really love this cocktail that’s made with a combination of cranberry and orange juices, you might want to try one of these:

  • Watermelon Martini
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Screwdriver
  • Greyhound

What should I serve with a brunch cocktail?

Any traditional breakfast food will pair nicely with your favorite cranberry juice cocktails. Just a few of my favorite choices are:

  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Blintzes
  • Smoked salmon and egg salad on a baguette

What type of glass is right for brunch cocktails?

That will really depend on the type of cocktail you’re serving.

Mimosas are often served in champagne flutes.

Screwdrivers can be served in a highball glass.

A martini will normally be served in a martini glass.

Really, it doesn’t matter what type of glass you serve your brunch cocktails in. All that matters is that your guests enjoy the taste.

We’re serving our vodka cocktail in mason jar mugs.

So, feel free to use whatever you have in the kitchen.

What do I need to make this orange juice cocktail?

This is a very simple vodka cocktail. It works wonderfully with brunch. But, you could also serve it during the afternoon or even in the evening.


  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Vodka
  • One orange
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Ice cube mold

Brunch cocktail with cranberry juice and orange juice with juice ice cubes in a glass

How do I make this brunch cocktail?

You will need to start this recipe the night before. So, make sure you plan ahead if you want to serve this. It’s important that the ice cubes have enough time to freeze completely.

  • The night before, mix cranberry juice and orange juice together and pour them into the ice cube trays.
  • The next morning, add ice cubes to each glass. 
  • Add the vodka and the orange juice.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange.
  • Serve.

Cranberry and orange juice brunch cocktail recipe in a mason jar with orange slice garnish.

Can I use regular ice cubes if I forget?

You can use regular ice cubes if you forget to make the cranberry and orange juice ice cubes.

But, be aware that as the ice cubes melt, they will water down your cocktail.

What else can I add for a garnish?

Traditionally, this brunch cocktail is garnished with a slice of orange. But, if you want to add something else, you could also use slices of lime and lemon. 

Other options include a spring of mint, a basil leaf, or even candied ginger. You could even add a maraschino cherry if you like.

Cranberry orange brunch cocktail recipe.

What is the best orange juice for a brunch cocktail?

We’ve made this beverage several times using different brands of orange juice and they were all delicious.

I’m sure your favorite brand will be just perfect.

We generally get a brand without pulp for a smooth texture.

But, if you want to kick this up a notch, you can try fresh-squeezed orange juice with the pulp. 

Brunch cocktail with vodka, cranberry and orange juice.

More cocktail recipes

If you would like to try a few more cocktails at your brunch, here are several of my favorites you can choose from.

A fun and refreshing cantaloupe melon cocktail recipe. This super-simple drink is quick to whip up and is unique enough that you can pretty much guarantee your guests have never had it before!

If you’re up for a new recipe, try this one! 

Discover a whole new flavorful mixed drink with this blackberry beer cocktail recipe. It’s wicked easy to make and so delicious, too!

A perfect New Year’s Eve drink recipe, cranberry lemon cocktails! Who needs a delicious cocktail recipe to clink when the clock strikes midnight? 

A delicious go-to cocktail is a must-have in anyone’s repertoire. Try this Spicy Rock Lobster cocktail featuring Rye Whiskey!

Brunch cocktail with cranberry juice and orange juice with juice ice cubes in a glass

Vodka Brunch Cocktail

Scrappy Geek
A vodka cocktail with cranberry and orange juices, perfect for brunch!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail, Drink, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • Ice cube trays
  • Serving glasses


Ice Cubes

  • 1 - 1/2 Cups Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 Cup Orange juice


  • 2 Oz Vodka
  • 2 Oz Orange juice
  • 1 Oz Cranberry juice
  • 1 slice Orange sliced for garnish


Ice Cubes

  • The night before brunch, mix 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice and 1/2 cup orange juice; pour into ice cube trays and freeze. (make more for larger brunch gatherings)


  • When serving brunch, place 4-5 frozen juice ice cubes into each glass.
  • Add vodka and juices.
  • Garnish with an orange slice



Alternatively, you can use 4oz of orange juice and let the cranberry juice infuse into the drink as the ice cubes melt.
Without cranberry ice cubes, add 2 oz cranberry juice to each glass instead of 1oz.

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