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Cranberry Mimosa

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Cranberry Mimosas are the perfect holiday brunch cocktail. They're easy to make, delicious to drink, and festive to serve. Made from cranberry juice, orange juice, and your favorite sparkling wine.
Servings: 2 drinks
Total Time: 5 minutes
cranberry mimosa in a champagne flute.

Our festive Cranberry Mimosa transforms the classic brunch cocktail into a refreshing concoction of effervescent champagne and tart cranberry juice—a perfect winter-inspired libation for your holiday brunches or afternoon get-togethers. The vibrant red hue of the cranberry juice adds a touch of elegance to any holiday table, while the sparkling champagne bubbles make it the perfect celebratory drink. This mimosa adds a seasonal charm to any festive celebration.

cranberry mimosa in a champagne flute.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions


Cranberry mimosas are simple yet elegant and are perfect for holiday gatherings.

In the printable recipe below, you can find a complete list of ingredients and measurements.

  • Cranberry Juice: We are using a high-quality, unsweetened cranberry juice that’s not from concentrate. This is not your everyday Ocean Spray cranberry cocktail. If you do substitute this with a cranberry cocktail, double the amount you add and you’ll probably not need any additional sweetener. The cranberry flavor won’t come through as clearly, so it may be worth a purchase of the real stuff.
  • Sparkling Wine: Traditionally, champagne is used in mimosas, but you can also substitute Prosecco or Cava. It is really a personal preference. We do recommend using a dry sparkling wine since the apple cider is already sweet.
  • Orange Juice: Use fresh-squeezed orange juice for the best flavor. Store-bought orange juice from concentrate will also usually contain added sugar, which would make this drink too sweet.

How to Make a Cranberry Mimosa


Here are the quick step-by-step instructions with visuals; you can find the full instructions with the exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
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Pro-tip: Chill your glasses in advance. This will help to keep your cocktail cold and refreshing. You can chill your glasses by placing them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes before serving.

Cranberry Mimosa: Place sugar on a small plate. Wet the rims of two champagne glasses with orange juice and dip the rims into sugar to coat the rims evenly. In a small pitcher, combine the cranberry juice and orange juice then pour half of the juice mixture into each prepared glass so that it is about one-third to one-half full depending on your ratio preference of juice to champagne. Pouring slowly to preserve the fizz, top each glass with chilled sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish the cocktails with cranberries, orange slices, and a rosemary sprig.

Recipe Tips and Notes


  • You can adjust the amount of cranberry juice and orange juice to your own taste. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add more orange juice. If you prefer a more tart cocktail, add more real cranberry juice.
  • For a more festive presentation, you can rim the glass with sugar before adding the sparkling wine.
  • To help keep your cocktail cold and prevent your hands from warming up the glass use a wine glass with a stem
  • If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, you can substitute sparkling apple cider or sparkling grape juice for the sparkling wine.
sparkling wine being poured into champagne flute with cranberry juice.

More Holiday Cocktails to Try


Looking for more inspired holiday cocktail recipes? Try these other favorites:

  • Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – A twist on a classic cocktail that combines the flavors of fall with the warmth of whiskey with apple cider and brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup.
  • Cranberry Aperol Spritz – A seasonal spin on the classic Italian cocktail. Combining Aperol, cranberry juice, and fresh orange juice with effervescent prosecco, it is a refreshing drink perfect for holiday celebrations.
  • Christmas Holiday Margarita – The perfect holiday cocktail. It is sweet, tangy, and tart and combines tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and bitters for a festive drink.

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cranberry mimosa in a champagne flute.

Cranberry Mimosa

Posted by Melissa
Cranberry Mimosas are the perfect holiday brunch cocktail. They're easy to make, delicious to drink, and festive to serve. Made from cranberry juice, orange juice, and your favorite sparkling wine.
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 83 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 4 ounces cranberry juice, not from concentrate
  • 2 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6 ounces champagne, or other sparkling wine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • frozen cranberries, for garnish
  • orange slices, for garnish
  • rosemary sprig, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Run an orange slice on the rims of two champagne glasses and then dip the rims into granulated sugar to coat.
  • In a small pitcher, combine cranberry juice and orange juice.Pour half of the juice mixture into each prepared glass.
  • Top each glass with chilled sparkling wine or champagne. Pour slowly to preserve the fizz.
  • Drop a few frozen cranberries into each glass for a festive touch. Garnish with orange slices and rosemary sprig.

Notes

1. Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. The nutritional value will vary based on the type and amounts of ingredients used. It does not include the nutrition for any substitutions or additions.
2. Be sure to check out the Key Ingredients along with the Recipe Tips and Notes sections found in the post, for more tips, options, substitutions, and variations for this recipe! You will also find step-by-step photos.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 drinkCalories: 83 kcalCarbohydrates: 16 gProtein: 0.5 gFat: 0.1 gSaturated Fat: 0.01 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03 gSodium: 4 mgPotassium: 138 mgFiber: 0.1 gSugar: 16 gVitamin A: 82 IUVitamin C: 19 mgCalcium: 12 mgIron: 0.4 mg
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