‘Tis the season to drink festive cocktails!
When it comes to cocktails, I like to keep it simple. I like drinks that have some make ahead components so that when it’s party time, all I have to do is pour a little of this, a smidge of that, garnish and BOOM! Done. Nothing complicated.
That’s why this easy cranberry cocktail is one of my all time favorites. It’s also known as a poinsettia cocktail, which makes it even more holiday friendly!
I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how easy these cranberry mimosas are. At it’s core, it’s really just two ingredients – cranberry juice and champagne or prosecco. Add in a sprig of fresh rosemary and my sugared cranberries as a garnish for some extra little oomph and now we’re in business!
You could certainly add in some of my rosemary simple syrup or maybe even some cointreau, which is an orange flavored liquer. It’s distilled from orange peels so GLUTEN-FREE BABY!
But really the beauty is in the simplicity of this easy cranberry mimosa. You’ll love how quick it is to put together, yet the flavor is on point and it looks impressive, too! It’s a gorgeous cocktail for the holidays. Whether you’re serving it for a holiday brunch or for a night time cocktail party, you can’t go wrong with this cranberry mimosa.
What kind of cranberry juice should I use for a cranberry mimosa?
I used cranberry juice made of 100% juice. Not 100% cranberry juice, but 100% juice. Meaning, it’s sweetened, but with other fruit juices, such as grape juice and apple juice.
You can also very easily use cranberry juice cocktail, which has cranberry in it but it’s typically sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. Typically cranberry juice cocktail has the same amount of sugar and sweetness as cranberry juice sweetened with fruit juices, so you can use that interchangeably in this recipe.
You CAN also use 100% cranberry juice. Meaning 100% cranberry – nothing else added. Keep in mind, cranberries are SUPER tart so the juice will also be tart. For this recipe, I would recommend adding in some simple syrup if you plan on using the tart 100% cranberry juice. My rosemary simple syrup is a great option to sweeten up your cranberry mimosa if you go this route.
Should I use Champagne and Prosecco to make mimosas?
You can use either champagne or prosecco to make mimosas. Any type of sparkling wine is essential for a delicious mimosa. The two main differences between champagne and prosecco is the location where they are produced and the type of grapes.
Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France, whereas prosecco comes from Italy. They’re both sparkling wines and can be used in this easy cranberry mimosa. I tend to opt for prosecco as it’s typically a more affordable option. Cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine, would also be great in this recipe.
Want to jazz up your cranberry mimosa? I’ve got you covered!
I’ve already mentioned this a few times, but adding in some rosemary simple syrup to this cranberry mimosa would be delicious and festive. I think this would work best if you’re using an unsweetened cranberry juice rather than cranberry juice cocktail so that your mimosa isn’t overly sweet.
You can also add a shot of vodka (if you’re gluten-free, try a potato vodka!) or a little bit of grand marnier or cointreau to the cranberry mimosa for a different flavor profile and an extra bit of booziness.
Glam up your glass by dipping the rim in lime juice and granulated sugar for a frosted rim look that tastes just as good as it looks.
If cranberry juice isn’t your thing, you can swap it out for some pomegranate juice. Or if you’re into apple then try out my apple cider thyme mimosa for another festive cocktail idea!
If you are looking for non-alcoholic drinks, try one of these festive Christmas Mocktails!
More cocktails ready to party!
Easy Cranberry Mimosa Recipe
If you’re looking for a simple cocktail recipe for entertaining this holiday season, this easy cranberry mimosa is a crowd pleaser! It’s a gorgeous cocktail when garnished with fresh rosemary and sugared cranberries. You’ll love it’s simplicity and your guests will love the flavor. Cheers!
Easy Cranberry Mimosa
- 4 cups sweetened cranberry juice (see notes)
- 1 (750 mL) bottle Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary (for garnish)
- 1 cup sugared cranberries (for garnish)
- Fill champagne flutes 1/2 way full with cranberry juice.
- Top off with Prosecco.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and sugared cranberries on a toothpick or skewer. Serve immediately.