Christmas Cheer: Rudolph’s Concentrated Christmas Mischief Cocktail

Rudolph’s Concentrated Christmas Mischief Cocktail! Concentrated with the piney note of rosemary, tart cranberry and topped off with the sparkling effervescence of your favorite bubbles. Vodka adds a dose of Christmas mischief for merry measure!


Mix up a celebratory cocktail of Christmas Cheer in honor of Santa’s favorite reindeer!


Sip this cocktail by the twinkling lights of the tree. You deserve a cocktail after finishing all the shopping, wrapping, decorating and baking. . . if you haven’t finished yet, sip anyway and you won’t care. ;)

 Rosemary Simple Syrup adds an herbally, pine note and sweetens this cocktail, to balance the tart cranberry juice. It’s easy to make and will keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. It mixes well with gin, vodka and tequila or Christmas Sangria.


Rudolph’s Concentrated Christmas Mischief Cocktail

Mix and adjust this cocktail to your taste for more or less mischief ;)

1 oz. vodka

1 oz. rosemary simple syrup

2 oz. 100% *cranberry juice

Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into champagne flute.

 Top off with sparkling wine of your choice~ Champagne, prosecco or Cava. Garnish cocktail with cranberries and sprig of rosemary.

*Select your cranberry juice based on how sweet you like your cocktail.  Cranberry juice and juice blends can vary from 5 grams to 28 grams of sugar per serving.  Our go-to cranberry juice has 7 grams of sugar, so the addition of the simple syrup doesn’t make it overly sweet. 

Rosemary Simple Syrup

Mix equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add  a 4-inch sprig of rosemary, allowing to steep and remove from heat. When mixture has cooled, remove rosemary sprig and strain if needed. Store in sealed jar in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Printable Recipe

For a mocktail version, omit vodka and substitute sparkling water or ginger ale for the sparkling wine.

 This cocktail was inspired by this embroidered Rudolph’s Concentrated Christmas Mischief kitchen towel I found locally last year. I’ve seen the similar towels on Etsy.

Wishing You a Season of Love, Peace and Good Cheer!

Merry Christmas!

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  29 comments for “Christmas Cheer: Rudolph’s Concentrated Christmas Mischief Cocktail

  1. Sandi Lee
    December 22, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Love the reindeer stirrers! Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎄

  2. Yvonne Shafer
    December 22, 2018 at 6:54 am

    So cute! I’m going to try this recipe out at a family party! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Alice
    December 22, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Now THIS is festive!

  4. Rita C.
    December 22, 2018 at 7:26 am

    I wondered about that towel! What a great name for your cocktail. I could certainly use one of those on Christmas Eve, especially when family tracks in all the mud with the rain we’ve been having and expect yet to come. I will definitely have something to take the edge off of the hustle of hosting.
    Merry Christmas, Mary. Be sure to get photos of Lola’s first Christmas. ♥

  5. December 22, 2018 at 7:35 am

    CHEERS!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!! ❤️🎄🥂🍷

  6. Dorinda Selke
    December 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Your cocktail sounds delicious and I’ll just have to try it! Merry Christmas 🎄 hugs, Dorinda

  7. December 22, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Sounds delish, I love the addition of rosemary in everything, feels so earthy! Darling inspiration and fab pics as always!

  8. December 22, 2018 at 7:57 am

    This sounds delicious! Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Reindeer pick source?

    • December 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Cupcake picks from HomeGoods 🦌🎄

  10. Sue Farmer
    December 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Merry Christmas Mary!!xoxo

  11. Jo
    December 22, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Like the idea that the cocktail can be make without vodka as well, but either way it sounds delicious!
    Merry Christmas to you & your family.

  12. December 22, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Cheers to you, Mary, for providing us with a wonderful drink recipe. I’d love to share a drink with you by your sparkling decor. Merry Christmas, Mary! xx

  13. Debbie
    December 22, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Thank you,Mary. You have inspired me so much through the years. I love your blog and look forward to visiting with you every single day and can hardly wait to see what you have in store for next year. Merry Christmas and hope you and your family and sweet girls have a wonderful new year.

  14. anne
    December 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Looks delicious. Beautiful pictures, too. Garland source? Love it!

    • December 22, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Michaels 🎄

  15. Cyndi Raines
    December 22, 2018 at 10:19 am

    It looks very tempting in those pretty bubbly glasses. Like the ornaments on the plates too. Thank you for providing the mocktail version as well.♥️ This month has passed so fast! One more batch of cookies today and the wrapping and I’m done! Thank you Mary for a great year of awsome inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🎄

    • Mary anne Mcwhirter
      December 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      You are our Merry Christmas joy..

  16. December 22, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    My kind of treat!

    The reindeer stirrers are perfect!

  17. December 23, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Sounds like a very refreshing treat Mary! Cheers:@)

  18. Granny Gay :)
    December 23, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Cheers to you and yours, Mary! Have a Merry Christmas with your babies and family…

  19. December 23, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Mary, these cocktails are too pretty to drink! The reindeer look like they might have had a sip or two the way they are merrily leaping! Your post has put me in a merry jolly mood, and I am definitely going to have a Christmas cocktail tonight!

  20. Virginia
    December 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Looks and sounds just Devine. I have all the ingredients except for vodka so a trip to the ABC store will remedy that. I have been searching your recipes for a white chocolate bark but cannot find it and I am sure you had one last year because I made it. Would you please give me some help. Thanks.

  21. Virginia
    December 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks Mary, I printed the recipe. I am going to try it with craisins and pecans.

  22. December 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    A perfect drink for the season Mary!….You find the cutest things to adorn your recipes. Wishing you and your family a most Joyous Christmas and here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

  23. Lauren
    December 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you all for always making me smile.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year!!

  24. babs
    December 29, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I love your site and always have great success and comments from others about what I make no matter what the season your ideas are fun A question about the rosemary simple syrup recipies
    The sangria with rosemary simple syrup was great but the reindeer cocktail with rosemary syrup and cranberry tasted like medicine. Was it the wrong juice? Ocean Spray diet and ocean spray Sparkling Cranberry? Could the rosemary simple syrup be too strong? We enjoyed the bubbly instead.

    • December 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Hi Babs, I think the diet versions of cranberry juice taste medicinal. I use Lakewood Cranberry, it only has 9 grams of sugar and you’re only using 2 oz. so it’s a very small amount if you’re worried about sugar. Maybe cut back if on the rosemary simple syrup if you’re not a fan, or eliminate but I think it might have been your juice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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