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Murielle Banackissa

Festive Prune Cocktail

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5 mins Prep: 5 mins
Serves 1

Made with homemade California prune juice, cranberry juice, Grand Marnier, and orange juice, this cocktail is a great way to celebrate the holidays while getting a boost of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.


  • Orange wedge
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 4 oz fresh California prune juice (see note)
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • Ice
  • Fresh plum slices , for garnish, optional


  1. Step 1

    Run the orange wedge around the rim of your coupe.

  2. Step 2

    Pour the sugar into a plate.

  3. Step 3

    Dip the glass into the sugar, covering the rim.

  4. Step 4

    Add the rest of the ingredients, including ice, into a mason jar or a shaker.

  5. Step 5

    Cover with a lid and shake until cold.

  6. Step 6

    Transfer to your coupe.

  7. Step 7

    Garnish with fresh plum slices, if desired.

Common Questions & Swaps

To make fresh California prune juice, simply blend together on high speed 1/4 packed cup of pitted California prunes and 1 cup of water. Set a sieve over a bowl and strain the mixture, allowing only the juice to pour through. Use the amount directed in the recipe. 

Festive Prune Cocktail
Festive Prune Cocktail

This recipe was created through an Instagram partnership with California Prunes.


I am not much of a cocktail person to be perfectly honest. When choosing a boozy drink, I tend to gravitate towards red wine.

However, once in a while, on special occasions like the holidays, birthdays, or a fun get together with friends or family, I will sip on a little cocktail.

I will admit, this particular Festive Prune Cocktail sounds a little out of the ordinary. I, for one, have never had a prune cocktail before preparing this recipe. Nevertheless, I was really inspired to bring some light to this incredibly versatile ingredient and give a little festive twist to it.


Its bright red color, slight tanginess, silky texture, and wonderful citrus flavor notes make it a perfect drink to make during a holiday party on a chilly night.

I love that it features 3 different types of fresh fruit juices: prune juice, cranberry juice, and orange juice. All of these work together in beautiful harmony!

When preparing this drink, I particularly love the step of rimming my glass. I listen to the gentle crackle of sugar on my plate and have some fun coating a little more than just the top of the rim of my glass, for extra oomph.

Whether you make this cocktail for yourself only on a random Friday night before a little Netflix marathon or you prepare it for loved ones, enjoy the process and notice how beautifully all the flavors dance together as you sip on it.

If you do end up making this Festive Prune Cocktail, be sure to share your creation on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!