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Cranberry-Jalapeno Martini

I describe this cocktail as slightly tart, a little sassy and completely delicious. I make a big batch when I'm hosting a party because it tends to disappear quickly. Garnish with fresh mint and cranberries for an extra-special touch. —Kelli Haetinger, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup turbinado (washed raw) sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 cups vodka
  • Fresh mint leaves and additional cranberries


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup cranberry juice, cranberries and jalapeno. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Strain, discarding cranberries and jalapeno. Cover and refrigerate syrup for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  • For each serving, fill a mixing glass or tumbler three-fourths full with ice. Add 3 ounces vodka, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice and 1 tablespoon cranberry syrup; stir until condensation forms on outside of glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Repeat. Garnish with mint and cranberries if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without garnishes): 252 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • catalaya
    Feb 7, 2018

    i cant wait to try this. i am in south africa though and dont think i have ever seen this, turbinado (washed raw) sugar, what can i use as substitute

  • TrishtheDish1
    Feb 5, 2018

    I'm the first to review, but I wish I'd had some other reviews to go on. I'm on the fence with this cocktail. I think it would have been better if I'd used a better brand of vodka. Grey Goose instead of Smirnoff let's say. This might sound obvious but, the first cocktail wasn't impressive to me in fact, I vowed not to make this recipe again. But by the second and third cocktail, I liked them better. There is a subtle hint of the jalapeno, I don't know that it's necessary, but it makes the cocktail a bit interesting.