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

Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

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.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 256kcal


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or small measuring cup
  • Handheld citrus juicer


Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

  • 2 ounces vodka ½ lemon
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • Ice
  • Splash of ginger ale

Sugared Cranberry Garnish (Optional)

  • ½ cup sugar divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

  • 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.
  • Strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of ginger ale and gently stir. If desired, garnish with sugared cranberries. Enjoy!

Sugared Cranberry Garnish

  • In a small sauce pan, add ¼ cup sugar and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Once the sugar dissolves, stir in the cranberries and turn off the heat. Make sure they're well-coated with the simple syrup.
  • On a large plate, spread the remaining ¼ 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.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 12g