Give cranberries a place to shine with this merry cocktail that’s simple, elegant, and a classic way to toast the season. This Cranberry Mimosa is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s and will add a festive touch to brunch or cocktail hour.
Perfect for the holidays, this effervescent Cranberry Mimosa is an easy and lovely cocktail that’s guaranteed to help kick off the season! Flavored with cranberries and orange liqueur, it’s made bubbly with champagne. A sprig of fresh rosemary provides the finishing touch for this festive party beverage.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s quick and easy
- No need for a cocktail shaker
- Can make it individually or in a pitcher
- Always a crowd pleaser
Cranberry Juice Cocktail – Any brand, but I like Simply Cranberry.
Triple Sec – This liqueur adds an orange flavor that pairs beautifully with cranberry.
Champagne – The sparkling wine that makes this a mimosa! You can also use Prosecco or Cava.
Garnishes – Fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary sprigs
How To Make A Cranberry Mimosa
Step 1: Grab your favorite cocktail glass. Add 3 to 4 ounces of chilled cranberry juice.
Step 2: Next you will need some Triple Sec or Grand Marnier.
Step 3: Just top it off with 3 ounces of your favorite champagne.
Step 4: Looks so pretty and festive with a garnish of fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
There’s only one tip that goes for just about any mimosa you make: the juice and the champagne must be well chilled!
Put those bottles of cranberry juice and champagne in the fridge for a good overnight chill session – a few hours won’t do it. Let them get good and cold overnight.
Some folks like to chill their champagne flutes, too. I don’t, but it’s certainly a way to go if you’re wanting this cranberry mimosa to be ultra frosty!
What Type Of Glass Should I Use?
You can also just use a wine glass, stemmed or stemless like I use here.
To be honest, this cocktail is so pretty and fizzy, especially with the cranberries and sprig of rosemary, that it almost doesn’t matter what kind of glass you serve it in!
What Type Of Cranberry Juice Should I Use?
I usually reach for a cranberry juice cocktail, such as Simply Cranberry or OceanSpray. It’s already sweetened so you won’t get such a tart flavor of the cranberry.
That said, if you do prefer a tart cocktail that’s not sweet, you can use pure cranberry juice that’s not been diluted. You’ll definitely get a punch of tartness, so you might want to cut back on how much you use. Pure cranberry juice will also give the cocktail a darker cranberry shade.
What Type Of Champagne Should I Use?
Any well-chilled sparkling wine will work. Champagne (dry or brut), Prosecco, or even Cava are all sparkling wines perfect for making a mimosa.
Can I Make This As A Batch Cocktail?
Yes, you can make this in a large pitcher for a crowd. However, if you make it ahead of time, you’ll definitely want to keep it in the fridge and be aware that the sparkling wine will lose a bit of fizz. The ratio is one part cranberry juice to one part champagne. Add a splash of triple sec.
If you don’t want to play bartender, another way is to let your guests make it themselves. Have the chilled cranberry juice and the chilled champagne both in buckets of ice and let the guests make their own. The cocktail will keep its fizz this way.
- Try using pomegranate juice, it will look just as pretty and taste as just delicious as the cranberry version. Swap out the cranberry garnish for pomegranate seeds. Don’t forget the rosemary sprig!
- If you don’t have Triple Sec on hand, you can also use Grand Marnier, another orange-flavored liqueur.
Sugar Rim: Give your serving flutes or glasses a sugar rim. Rim the glass with water or run a wedge of orange around the glass and then carefully dip it in a saucer of granulated sugar.
Orange Twist Or Slice: Add an orange twist by slicing a thin piece of peel from an orange or just thinly slice an orange and place it on the rim of the glass or drop it in the cocktail.
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Give cranberries a place to shine with this merry cocktail that's simple, elegant, and a classic way to toast the season. This Cranberry Mimosa is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's and will add a festive touch to brunch or cocktail hour.
- Cranberry juice cocktail (highly recommend Simply cranberry!)
- Triple Sec
- Fresh cranberries and rosemary for garnish
- Gather all of the ingredients.
- To a glass, add 3-4 ounces of chilled cranberry juice.
- Add a splash of Triple Sec, or any orange liqueur, then finish with 3 ounces of your favorite champagne.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
A refreshing and fun holiday cocktail. Make it now!
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Amount Per Serving Calories 418Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 4gSugar 48gProtein 1g