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Two Sugar Plum Fairy Martinis on a marble board with a nutcracker and lights behind them.

Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink


Add a little sparkle to your holidays with this festive Sugar Plum Fairy Martini! Tart cranberry juice, rich Amaretto and a touch of spice come together to make your new favorite Christmas cocktail. This Nutcracker-themed martini is a sure hit for your next holiday party, or it’s the perfect relaxing sipper for an evening in front of the fireplace.


For Sugar Plum Fairy Martini
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce Amaretto
1/2 lemon, juiced
Splash of ginger ale

For Sugared Cranberry Garnish (Optional)
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/4 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries


Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, cranberry juice, Amaretto, lemon juice and a handful of ice. Pop on the top and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of ginger ale and gently stir. If desired, garnish with sugared cranberries. Enjoy!

For Sugared Cranberries

  1. In a small sauce pan, add 1/4 cup sugar and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Once the sugar dissolves, stir in the cranberries and turn off the heat. Make sure they’re well-coated with the simple syrup.
  3. On a large plate, spread the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Drain the cranberries and roll in the sugar. Allow to set on a wire rack for about an hour.


  • While this recipe is for one drink, you’ll have enough sugared cranberries for several drinks.
  • If you’d like to make a big party batch for 16 servings, use 4 cups vodka, 4 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups Amaretto, eight lemons and 1 cup ginger ale. You can still serve it in martini glasses or serve it punch style in a pitcher or bowl.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 256
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 5
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: sugar plum fairy martini, Christmas martini, Christmas cocktail, Nutcracker cocktail, Nutcracker martini