Cranberry Ouzo Spritz Cocktail

Trying to use up the Ouzo that’s collecting dust in your liquor cabinet? 

This Cranberry Ouzo Spritz is your answer! 

Ouzo Cranberry Spritz Cocktail food photography

What IS it about anise? Or it’s candy counterpart licorice…

If there were a prize for the world’s most nose-crinkling fragrance 😝 it would win. But when paired with the right flavors, anise actually taste delightful. Don’t believe me? Go make my Plum Ouzo Compote and tell me I’m wrong! This majorly underrated spice is the star of this cocktail. Ouzo, an anise-flavored liquor, is combined with cranberry juice, lime, and tonic to make a drink that will make your eyes widen with surprise (at least, that was my reaction). 

Whether you’re looking to cool down in the summer or entertain guests at your holiday party, this Cranberry Ouzo Cocktail is sure to surprise and please. 

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Ouzo Cranberry Spritz Cocktail food photography

What is Ouzo?

Ouzo is an anise-flavored apératif from Greece. It’s made from the leftover skins and stems of wine grapes, making it gluten-free (in case you’re wondering). The pomace is distilled with anise, fennel, cloves, and cinnamon, giving the drink its strong anise flavor. In Greece, Ouzo is traditionally served in a shot glass with appetizers like fish, olives, and feta. 

For more info about Ouzo, click here

Other Delicious Ways to Drink Ouzo

Ouzo Cranberry Spritz Cocktail holding a glass


MAKES: 1 Drink⎪ DIFFICULTY: Easy⎪ FUNK: Moderate

Mise en Place

  • 4 ounces cranberry juice, no added sugar
  • 2 ounces lime or lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce Ouzo
  • Tonic, to top

Garnish Options:

  • Lime or lemon wedge
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary sprig



Pour the cranberry juice, lemon juice, and Ouzo into a glass with ice. Stir with a spoon to combine.

TIP! Instead of ice, you can use frozen cranberries. 



Top with tonic.



Garnish and enjoy the buzz : ) 



Fireball Whiskey Variation: Head on over to Starfire Candle Co to snag the recipe!   


Did you make Cranberry Ouzo Spritz? Let me know how it turned out and leave a comment below! 

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