A cranberry mimosa (also called a Poinsettia cocktail or Christmas Mimosa) is a cranberry lover’s version of the standard mimosa – tart cranberries pair perfectly with a sugar-rimmed glass and sparkling champagne bubbles. Two main ingredients and they’re ready in 5 minutes! Serve alongside your favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes.
I’m going to get right to the point – this drink right here will lend itself to a holly jolly Christmas! Say hello to the Cranberry Mimosa.
You might also hear these called Poinsettias, which is adorable.
I know some people don’t care for orange juice, but that doesn’t mean they should have to forfeit mimosas at brunch. These cranberry Christmas cocktails are more than suitable as a holiday party cocktail!
The tartness of the cranberry juice pairs perfectly with the sparkling bubbles. It’s a glass full of holiday cheer!
Ingredients for mimosas
When you’re talking about a classic mimosa recipe, the ingredients are:
- Sparkling wine (champagne or prosecco)
- Orange juice
- Optionally, some recipes call for Grand Marnier
But for a cranberry mimosa recipe, you’ll want:
- Sparkling wine (champagne or prosecco)
- Cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail!)
- Orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau triple sec – completely optional. I don’t add it myself, but others enjoy it!
How to make the best cranberry mimosas
- Use cold ingredients. Make sure both your cranberry juice and champagne are chilled, and keep any you don’t use in the fridge until people inevitably ask for seconds!
- Serve in champagne flutes. They’re designed to retain the bubbles. And if you’re looking to make these for a crowd this holiday and don’t want to worry about people breaking your nice champagne flutes, I highly recommend these disposable recyclable ones that come in a set of 12 (aff link).
They’re super cheap, no dishes to worry about, and they hold the alcohol which is really the most important piece. And you can get them with or without stems!
- Garnish the rims. I love to rim each glass with sugar – King Arthur Flour Sparkling White Sugar (aff link), to be exact. It’s the only kind of sugar that I like to use as a garnish anymore. It’s perfect to rim cocktail glasses, and to sprinkle on baked goods. Just add a little water around the rim of the glass, then dip in the sugar.
- Add more garnish! Since we’re talking garnish, I also love adding a sprig of fresh rosemary, or a few fresh cranberries to each glass. It’s not only a beautiful garnish, it’s a snack! And if you pop them in the freezer, they’ll help keep your drink cold. I love a multitasker, don’t you?
- Choose the right champagne for your tastes. I prefer to use an Extra Dry or Brut, but you can use whatever type you prefer. This picture shows you the different variations in sweetness if you need help deciding.
How to make cranberry mimosas for a crowd
You don’t want to combine the cranberry juice and champagne in a pitcher and stir it because it messes with the natural carbonation from the champagne. Just the act of pouring the champagne into the glass will mix your drink just fine.
So, to serve a crowd you’ll just pour 4 ounces of cranberry juice into as many glasses that you need, and top each off with the champagne. A 1.5L champagne bottle holds about 6 cups (48 ounces) so if you multiplied this recipe by 5 you’d have enough for 10 people using a single bottle of champagne.
How to make non-alcoholic cranberry mimosas
To make yourself cranberry mimosa mocktails, you can just swap the sparkling wine for non-alcoholic sparking grape juice!
Holiday meal pairings
A cranberry mimosa pairs perfectly with your holiday meals!
Set your table with an apple cider brined turkey, cornbread and bacon stuffing, roasted delicata squash and brussels sprouts, creamy pureed parsnips and top it all off with a beautiful glass of cranberry mimosa next to each person’s plate.
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2-Ingredient Cranberry Mimosa (Poinsettia Cocktail)
- 4 ounces cranberry juice, not cranberry juice cocktail
- 8 ounces sparkling wine, champagne or prosecco
- Sparkling sugar, for garnish
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish
- Fresh rosemary sprig, for garnish
- Rim two champagne glasses with a little water or simple syrup and then dip in sparking sugar.
- Pour ¼ cup cranberry juice in each champagne glass.
- Add ½ cup sparkling wine to each glass.
- Top with a few fresh or frozen cranberries and serve immediately. Enjoy!