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2-Ingredient Cranberry Mimosa Recipe (Poinsettia Cocktail)

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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.

Cranberry Mimosas and a bowl of fresh cranberries

Julie said: “So easy! This is my go-to drink when people come over now and it's always a hit. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm going to get right to the point – this drink right here will make you extra grateful at Thanksgiving, and lend itself to a holly jolly Christmas!

My husband's aunt asks me to make these for every holiday gathering, and it's become the cocktail that all my friends make sure they have ingredients for (all two of them) if I'm going to be at their party. Is that not the cutest and most delicious legacy?

Say hello to the Cranberry Mimosa. You might also hear these called Poinsettias, which is adorable.

Overhead shot of two glasses of cranberry mimosas next to a bowl of fresh cranberries

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. This 2-ingredient prosecco cocktail is a glass full of holiday cheer! 

Cranberry mimosa ingredients

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!
Cranberry Mimosas rimmed with sugar and topped with fresh cranberries next to a bowl of fresh cranberries

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?
A jar of King Arthur Flour Sparkling Sugar

Best champagne for mimosas

I know hardcore champagne enthusiasts and mixologists may disagree with me – but in my honest opinion, the best champagne for your mimosa is one you like the taste of.

I prefer to use an Extra Dry or Brut, but you can use whatever type you prefer. Choose the right champagne for your tastes! 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.

Two glasses of cranberry mimosa in front of a Christmas tree with sugared rims

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.


What is a mimosa with cranberry juice called?

A mimosa made with cranberry juice instead of orange juice is called a Poinsettia.

What is a mimosa with cranberry AND orange juice?

They may have a cute name, but I've heard it referred to simply as Cranberry Orange Mimosas!

What kind of juice is good for mimosas?

We all know orange juice is good for mimosas, and now you know cranberry juice is great, too – but here are some others: apple cider, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, cherry juice, pomegranate juice, mango juice, and even watermelon juice! Just remember that some fruit juices are more tart than others, so you may want to use a bit of simple syrup to sweeten it.

What is the best cranberry juice for mimosas?

I always look for 100% cranberry juice – not cranberry juice cocktail! Any brand will do, but I personally like R.W. Knudsen Just Cranberry Juice.

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2-Ingredient Cranberry Mimosa (Poinsettia Cocktail)

4.90 from 46 votes
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!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 drinks



  • Rim two champagne glasses with a little water or simple syrup and then dip in sparking sugar.
    Sparkling sugar
  • Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice in each champagne glass.
    4 ounces (113 ⅖ g) cranberry juice
  • Add 1/2 cup sparkling wine to each glass.
    8 ounces (226 ⅘ g) sparkling wine
  • Top with a few fresh or frozen cranberries and serve immediately. Enjoy!
    Fresh cranberries
    Fresh rosemary sprig



Serving a crowd: 1.5L champagne bottle holds about 6 cups so if you multiplied this recipe by 5 you’d have enough for 10 people using a single bottle of champagne. You'll still need to pour each glass individually as champagne doesn't hold up well if try to combine it all in a pitcher.
Type of sparking line: I prefer to use an Extra Dry or Brut champagne, but you can use whatever type you prefer. This picture shows you the different variations in sweetness if you need help deciding.
Type of cranberry juice: Just make sure you're using cranberry juice and not “cranberry cocktail” juice mix.
Sweetness: If you find you want to add a bit of sweetness, just stir in a tiny bit of simple syrup.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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    1. Not sure what you’re talking about since the video embedded in the recipe card is for cranberry mimosas. I’m guessing maybe that once that short video played it moved on to the next video in the queue, and the video you saw was likely tailored to your interests based on your search and viewing history.

  1. I haven’t tried it yet – it looks great.
    A note regarding your instructions….
    1/4 Cup is 2 ounces – not 4
    1/2 Cup is 4 ounces – not 8.
    There are 8 ounces in 1 Cup.

    1. Yep, that’s correct. The instructions are indicating what you pour into each individual glass, which comes to the total indicated in the ingredients list :)

  2. 5 stars
    Hi, I want to use this recipe for a winter bridal shower this Saturday. What would my recipe be for a 2.5 gallon glass container. Can you tell me whole much of each to add together. Thank you

    1. You don’t want to combine the ingredients ahead of time because the champagne will go flat, so you’ll just want to fill your container with cranberry juice and top each glass with as much champagne as you’d like. For that much cranberry juice, I’d say you’ll probably want 2 or 3 750mL bottles of champagne.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy! It was a hit at our get together. Can’t wait to serve it again at Thanksgiving. Loved using real cranberry juice, instead of cranberry cocktail- so refreshing! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend any other blogs that share information about the best Indian Grocery stores or gourmet food stores? Thanks a lot!

    1. 4 stars
      recipe is good , although 1/4 cup is 2 oz. not 4oz and 1/2 cup is 4 oz. not 8oz. 8oz. equals one cup .

      1. That’s correct. That’s why it’s listed to add 1/4 cup cranberry juice in each champagne glass (2 ounces each, 4 ounces total), and add 1/2 cup sparkling wine to each glass (4 ounces each, 8 ounces total).

    1. Yep! I call that out in the beginning of the post – it’s such a cute name, but so many people don’t know about it, so they search for “cranberry mimosas”.

  5. 5 stars
    I wonder if this would be a good “pitcher” served drink.? My son and his fiancé are getting married on dec 12.

    1. Hi Ardina! I’m not sure how many people you’re looking to serve, but a 1.5L champagne bottle holds ~6 cups (give or take) so if you multiplied this recipe by 5 you’d have enough for 10 people using a single bottle of champagne. Hope that helps!

  6. What kind of champagne do you use? Maybe I missed it but I didn’t see if you specified. I love sparkling moscato but wasn’t sure if that would work. I hope I can make mine look as pretty as you did ?

    1. 5 stars
      For the Janitor” who rudely remarked that your glasses were dusty, had she cleaned her glasses, I believe she would have noticed the reflection if your tablecloth in your glasses. Made a small portion to try before offering it to guests…quality control, lol…and it was lovely! I tossed in a sprig of rosemary, and they look so festive! Thank you!