Mistletoe Martini | The Kissing Cocktail

Prepare to impress the guests at your next holiday party with this sweet and sour mistletoe martini! Made with just 4 simple ingredients, this refreshing vodka cocktail is easy to make and guarantees to be a hit.

Two glasses filled with a mistletoe martini with raspberries and rosemary as garnish

There are so many variations of the mistletoe martini on the internet! That is the case with many cocktails. Since there are so many variations, it will make you wonder which one came first. But that is the best thing about cooking and cocktail making: variation.

Even though you have recipes to follow for food and cocktails, there is always room for you to experiment. You get to choose if you want to alter anything in a recipe.

I tend to like my cocktails less sweet than the average person, so if it calls for a sweet and sour mix, I always go for a 1:2 ratio. But, that may not be what you like, so you can add more sweetener if it matches your taste.

All that I ask is that you first try this mistletoe martini as written, and then add more sweetener if you prefer.

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Helpful tips

  • When choosing limes:
    • Always smell to make sure they still have a scent; that means they’re fresh.
    • Pick them as green as you can and bypass the yellowish ones.
    • Pick the heavy ones because heavier means juicier.
  • I use raspberries as a garnish in this martini but you may also use cranberries.
  • This cocktail can be made with mid range vodka but for martinis, I always prefer a premium brand, like Grey Goose.
  • People always ask me where I got the martini glasses featured in these photos. They’re both from Crate & Barrel. They are such pretty glasses and fun to serve cocktails in.

How to make the mistletoe martini

Pre-step

Get two martini glasses, a measuring glass and a cocktail shaker and fill the shaker halfway with ice.

After measuring out the ingredients, add them to the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – cherry brandy, vodka, lime, and simple syrup.

Cherry brandy, vodka, lime juice and simple syrup on a black table with glassware and a shaker

Step two

Measure 4 ounces vodka. (A)

Step three

Measure 2 ounces cherry brandy. (B)

Vodka and cherry liqueur measured out with the bottles in the background

Step four

Measure 2 ounces lime juice (C)

Step five

Measure 1 ounce simple syrup (D)

Lime juice and simple syrup measured out with the lime and bottle in the background

Step six

Cap shaker and vigorously shake for 30 seconds.

Step seven

Strain, divide and pour contents equally between the two martini glasses.

Step eight

Spear four raspberries on each martini pick and get two sprigs of rosemary.

Raspberries on skewers and rosemary on a plate for garnish for the cocktail

Step nine

Place one raspberry spear and a sprig of rosemary in each cocktail

Higher view of the drinks in martini glasses with rosemary and raspberries as garnish

And now the vertical view.

Vertical view of the martinis with raspberries and rosemary in as garnish

All that is left is to sip this delicious drink.

I hope you enjoyed this mistletoe martini recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Bowl and curved martini glasses filled with the mistletoe martini with raspberries and rosemary in as garnish

Mistletoe Martini

Prepare to impress the guests at your next holiday party with this sweet and sour mistletoe martini! Made with just 4 simple ingredients, this refreshing vodka cocktail is easy to make and guarantees to be a hit.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday cocktail, martini, mistletoe martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 245kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vodka (I use Grey Goose)
  • 2 ounces cherry brandy
  • 2 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (or more to your taste)

Garnish

  • 6 raspberries (fresh)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (fresh)

Instructions

  • Spear 4 raspberries on each martini pick and set aside 2 rosemary sprigs.
    6 raspberries, 2 sprigs rosemary
  • Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add vodka, cherry brandy, lime juice and simple syrup.
    4 ounces vodka, 2 ounces cherry brandy, 2 ounces lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Cap shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses.
  • Add a spear of raspberries and a sprig of rosemary to each glass.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Tips on making the Mistletoe Martini:
  • When choosing limes:
    • Always smell to make sure they still have a scent; that means they’re fresh.
    • Pick them as green as you can and bypass the yellowish ones.
    • Pick the heavy ones because heavier means juicier.
  • I use raspberries as a garnish in this martini but you may also use cranberries
  • This cocktail can be made with mid range vodka but for martinis, I always prefer a premium brand, like Grey Goose.
  • People always ask me where I got the martini glasses featured in these photos. They’re both from Crate & Barrel.  They are such pretty glasses and fun to serve cocktails in.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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14 Comments

  1. I always love a fun and festive cocktail! This looks so perfect for the holidays. Definitely putting this on my cocktail menu for the holidays.

  2. Love the name mistletoe martini! Haven’t heard it before. Like you I don’t like my cocktails too sweet. So your sweet/sour ratio sounds good.

  3. I’ve never had cherry brandy before. I will have to give it a try and make these mistletoe martinis! They are so perfect for holiday parties or to sip on while wrapping gifts and watching those Hallmark Christmas movies. 🙂