Looking for a festive, easy-to-make, and beautiful cocktail for your holiday gatherings? Then this Poinsettia Cocktail is perfect for you! Sometimes called a Cranberry Mimosa, this delicious drink is ideal for any holiday celebration (and the rosemary garnish reminds me of a tiny Christmas tree)!
Cranberry is one of the quintessential flavors of the winter holidays around here. They pair really well with citrus, which makes cranberry juice a great cocktail ingredient!
Since this is a pretty simple recipe, the quality of your ingredients definitely matters! I suggest finding a good cranberry juice, one that is 100% juice (not "Cranberry Juice Cocktail", since that is already watered down and has sugar added).
Here's what you'll need:
- Sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Champagne
- Cranberry juice
- An orange liqueur, like Cointreau, Triple Sec or Orange Curaçao
- Fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish
There is only so far you can go with substituting ingredients for this one, since it's so simple, but here are some ideas:
- Sparkling wine - if you don't have a bottle of bubbly, you can use regular white wine, or even rosé. (But it'll be a lot less festive!)
- Cranberry juice - if you can't find 100% cranberry juice, try to find pomegranate juice, or another dark red juice.
- Orange liqueur - if you don't have any orange flavored liqueur on hand, you can add in about half the amount called for of vodka, and the other half orange juice. Or, you can just omit it.
Here are some different ways to play around with this recipe. I'd love to hear if you come up with variations of your own!
- Non-alcoholic - instead of sparkling wine, use sparkling apple cider or cranberry flavored seltzer, and a little orange juice instead of the orange liqueur.
- Cinnamon - instead of the orange liqueur, try adding a little cinnamon syrup.
- Herbal - sub out the orange liqueur for a homemade rosemary syrup to go with the garnish, and/or a little bit of gin.
To make this drink, you'll just need your cocktail serving glasses, and a jigger or small measuring cup. Here's the link to the jigger I used: Barfly 3 ounce jigger.
I recommend using Champagne flutes, since they're not only beautiful, but they also retain more of the sparkling wine bubbles for longer.
I also love this Champagne bottle opener made by Viski. It makes opening bottles about a thousand percent easier (especially if you have carpal tunnel like me!!)
This recipe couldn't be easier to make. Start by getting your garnish ready to go: wash your cranberries and rosemary and set them aside.
Then, measure the orange liqueur and add it directly to your serving glass.
Next, measure out your cranberry juice, and pour it into the glass.
Finally, top everything off with your sparkling wine. You don't technically have to measure this out, although you can, but just pour to fill up your glass about three-quarters of the way.
Add in your cranberries and rosemary sprig, and serve immediately for the best bubbles!
Hint: if you're going to make this ahead of time, I suggest not adding the garnishes until the end, because they will make the fizziness disappear more quickly.
The best way to make this recipe for a bunch of people is to mix the cranberry juice and orange liqueur together ahead of time. Keep it in the fridge, and just measure it out into each glass. Pour over the sparkling wine at the very last minute for the best bubble experience!
Poinsettia Cocktail (Cranberry Mimosa)
- fresh cranberries for garnish
- fresh rosemary sprig for garnish
- ½ ounce orange liqueur i.e. Cointreau, Triple Sec or Orange Curaçao
- 2½ ounces cranberry juice 100% juice if possible
- 3 ounces sparkling wine
- Prepare your cranberry and rosemary garnishes by washing them, and set aside.fresh cranberries, fresh rosemary sprig
- Measure and pour the orange liqueur into your cocktail glass.½ ounce orange liqueur
- Measure and pour the cranberry juice into the glass.2½ ounces cranberry juice
- Carefully open your sparkling wine, and top the drink off with it.3 ounces sparkling wine
- Add the cranberries and rosemary, and serve immediately.