With its vibrant color, this cranberry mimosa recipe is the perfect holiday cocktail for all your festivities from Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas brunch to ringing in the New Year.
Nothing spreads holiday cheer like a Christmas mimosa! It’s a Christmas morning tradition in our house to have a bubbly drink with breakfast, and these festive cranberry mimosas are a perfect cocktail choice. They’re slightly tart, making them great to pair with a savory brunch menu.
Champagne cocktails are a great way to celebrate the holiday season and delicious mimosas are a super easy cocktail recipe. All you need for this drink are two simple ingredients - cranberry juice and a bottle of champagne!
- Prosecco or champagne
- Cranberry juice
- Fresh cranberries (garnish)
- Fresh rosemary (garnish)
- White sugar sprinkles (garnish)
How to Make a Cranberry Mimosa
Pour cranberry juice into a champagne flute or coupe glass.
Top with prosecco, champagne or other dry sparkling wine.
Garnish with fresh cranberries, sprigs of rosemary, and/or white sugar sprinkle rim.
The Garnish is Everything
This is a super simple, two ingredient recipe so spend some effort on the garnish! Add whole cranberries and top with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
You can also dip the rim of your champagne flutes in a little water, then in sparkly white sugar sprinkles for an extra festive touch. Sipping through the sugar will help balance out the tart cranberry juice for those who like a sweeter sip.
Note: I love the Wilton white sugar sprinkles that I used in these photos. It’s so sparkly! Look for it in the holiday baking section of your favorite craft store or grocery store.
Make a Batch of Cocktails
How to serve it for a cocktail bar or a large amount of guests:
- Fill each glass with juice and garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
- Set the glasses out of a tray or side table, with open bottles of well-chilled prosecco next to them for guests to help themselves.
- Change up your glassware! This cocktail should be served in a stemmed glass, but don’t worry if you have more guests than champagne glasses. Coupe glasses or white wine glasses work great for serving this cocktail.
- Create a signature drink for your holiday brunch or holiday parties. (Hint: Use this recipe!) Having a signature cocktail lets you serve a festive drink without needing to stock a full bar for your guests.
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Make it a Cranberry Orange Mimosa
A traditional mimosa is 1 part orange juice, 2 parts champagne. For a poinsettia cocktail, we’re changing the juice to cranberry to create a super festive cocktail. It’s an easy switch from a standard mimosa and if you miss the orange flavor, just add a little to your drink!
Make it a Cranberry Orange Mimosa by adding in 0.5 ounces of fresh orange juice or my cranberry orange simple syrup. You can also add a splash of orange liqueur to your glass.
FAQs and Substitutions
Look for dry or semi-dry sparkling wine, prosecco, or brut champagne for mimosas.
Easy making this recipe into a mocktail by swapping out the sparkling wine for 2 ounces of club soda and 2 ounces of sparkling white grape juice.
Lots of fruit juices are delicious in mimosas! Besides cranberry juice or orange juice, try pineapple juice, peach nectar, mango nectar, or grapefruit juice. Create an easy mimosa bar by setting out small bottles of each juice alongside well-chilled champagne. Guests will have fun mixing their own mimosa cocktails.
I like 100% pure cranberry juice in this drink, but if you find that too tart, feel free to use Cranberry Juice Cocktail. You could also use a Cranberry Orange juice blend or Cranberry Raspberry blend in this holiday mimosa.