A Healthier Cranberry Cocktail for Valentines Day
A Healthier Cranberry Cocktail for Valentines Day

A Healthier Cranberry Cocktail for Valentines Day

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Happy Valentines Day! What do you have planned on this romantic lover’s day? I’m not sure what our plans are, but I know I will be making a pitcher of this Cranberry Cocktail. The flavour is so crisp and refreshing it would make the perfect addition to a picnic basket. Hint, hint hubby…

Cocktails on Valentines Day SubmissionLR

Cocktails on Valentines Day Submission

Anyone that has read my Skinny Mojito recipe will know that I’m all about making healthy swaps to reduce the calories in my drinks. Today I’m sharing a low sugar cranberry cocktail with you. Being a blushing red colour it would make the perfect choice for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Cranberry Ginger Diet Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Diet Cocktail

My pretty cranberry cocktail uses Ocean Spray Low Sugar Cranberry Drink to reduce the calorie load. The Ocean Spray Cranberry Drink has only 10 calories and is naturally sweetened using Stevia. I’ve muddled in a little frozen raspberry and mint to add even more of a fresh summer flavour.

Valentines Day Cocktail

Valentines Day Cocktail

When I make cocktails I try to avoid sugar syrups and soft drinks as mixers. These ingredients are calorific!! By making a few clever swaps I have been able to reduce the calorie count in this cocktail from a possible 350 calories to a tiny 90 calories! Technically you could drink 3 1/2 of my Cranberry Cocktails for the calorie load of just 1 regular drink!

Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail

Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail

Drinking sweet soda’s and regular fruit juices is the quickest way to add calories to your daily diet total. The Ocean Spray Cranberry drink has been developed as a healthier alternative to sugar laden drinks.

In the hot weather it can be especially easy to lose track of how many sweet drinks we consume.  Calories from soda are empty calories, which serve no nutritional benefit. Ocean Spray low sugar Cranberry Drink has only 10 calories per serve! Making the swap to Ocean Spray can have a huge effect on your daily calorie total and health goals.

A Healthier Cranberry Cocktail for Valentines Day


  • 45ml vodka
  • 150ml Ocean Spray Cranberry Drink
  • 150ml Diet Ginger Beer
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 2 Tbs frozen raspberry
  • Ice


  1. Place one spring of mint and the raspberries in a glass and use a muddler to bruise the ingredients.
  2. Add ice to the glass then pour over the vodka, cranberry drink and ginger beer.
  3. Serve with a spring of mint.

Best of all the Ocean Spray Cranberry drink is so much more refreshing than soda’s. The distinctive light, tart flavour of cranberries is perfect in the heat. It really is a great drink for summer, you can rehydrate anytime a thirst hits and stay trim.

Valentines Cranberry Cocktail

Valentines Cranberry Cocktail

So now you have learned another of my secret tips for staying trim whilst enjoying my cocktails. I’d love to know what you think of this cranberry cocktail. I bet nobody will guess its a healthier swap!

I would like to thank Ocean Spray for the opportunity to sample this new product. As always the opinions contained in the story are my own. Gourmet Getaways has not received financial compensation for this story.

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  1. What a lovely drink for anytime really. I might replace the vodka with gin because I’m a gin hag 😉

    • Do you know, I thought about using gin in the cocktail instead of the usual vodka! I will give it a go today with the substitution. I think it would add to that tart, sophisticated flavour combo! Thanks for confirming my thoughts ??

  2. oooh, I could def go one of these now! It is so damn hot in Sydney today and being Sunday a cocktail is in order 🙂

  3. This is lovely Julie and has got me all ready for a cocktail of my own. Great idea to swap out the worthless calories and add more Vodka too……..

  4. What a great cocktail for Valentine’s ! I hope you spent a lovely day Julie !

  5. Hi Julia,

    This is actually my favorite drink and I make it a lot. I am constantly on the search for ginger beer though and a lot of the grocery stores here don’t carry it. It never fails that when I finally find one that does, they stop shortly after, lol. I use a little squeeze of fresh lime instead of mint because I always have them on hand. Beautiful photos!

    • Thank you so much Robyn, I understand why its your favourite cocktail, it’s so refreshing. Do you add the frozen raspberry to yours? I really liked the soft bursts of tart raspberry in this drink with the cranberry.

  6. Hi Julia, clever way to reduce calories but still have all the fun. Gorgeous color. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.

  7. Happy Valentines Day girls!!
    This looks so refreshing, perfect for a hot day! I want it now! By the pool, or anything…

  8. This looks so delicious! I’m not really into Stevia though but I think I could find another nice sweetener 😀 Hope you had a great Valentines Day!

  9. I love a little fizz in my cocktail. Such pretty shade of red. Pinned!

  10. I can just image how refreshing this is ♥


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