Imagine sipping on a glass of sweet and sparkling champagne, perfectly paired with the tartness of cranberry juice. Now, add to that a splash of Grand Marnier and sweet vermouth for an extra layer of flavor. This delightful drink is called Cranberry Champagne Cocktail and it’s a perfect drink for any occasion. The drink is versatile enough to serve at a family Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas celebration or even an intimate New Year’s Eve gathering.
This drink is not just irresistible but it’s also very easy to make with only three ingredients needed. With just one sip of this cocktail, you will truly understand why it’s one of the best cranberry cocktails out there. Whether you’re hosting or attending an event, this cocktail recipe will definitely impress your guests and have them asking for more! So let me show you how simple it is to create this amazing holiday cocktail.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for the perfect festive cocktail to serve at your upcoming holiday party? Look no further than this delightful Cranberry Champagne recipe! This sparkling champagne cocktail is made with only three simple ingredients: sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier, and cranberry juice. It’s easy to make, but impressively delicious and festive.
If you’re a fan of mimosas or other champagne cocktails, then you’ll love this cranberry champagne cocktail. In fact, it’s also called a “poinsettia” drink – because of its gorgeous red and green colors that are perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving brunch.
The sweetness of the cranberry juice perfectly balances the dryness of the mixed champagne or sparkling wine. And the hint of orange liqueur from Grand Marnier adds a delicious citrusy twist that takes this cocktail to the next level. Trust me, one sip is all it takes to fall in love with this simple yet decadent cocktail.
But what truly sets this recipe apart is its versatility. Not only is it a fantastic cocktail for holiday parties or brunches, but it’s also perfect for any celebration throughout the year. Simply swap out the cranberry juice for other fruit juices like peach, apricot, or even pomegranate for a whole new flavor profile.
Overall, this Cranberry Champagne recipe is sure to impress your guests with its vibrant colors, delicious taste, and easy preparation. So why not add this simple yet flavorful cocktail to your holiday menu? Your taste buds – and guests – will thank you.
Here are all the 3 ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious cranberry champagne cocktail:
Cranberry Juice: You will need 4 ounces of the best cranberry juice. Look for a good quality brand that is 100% cranberry juice.
Grand Marnier: This orange liqueur will add a touch of sweetness to this cocktail. You’ll need 1 tablespoon.
Sparkling Wine: Use your choice of mixed champagne or sparkling wine, well chilled. You’ll need 4-6 ounces per cocktail depending on the size of your glass.
Make sure to have these ingredients on hand to create this top champagne cocktail made with 3 simple ingredients.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have the ingredients ready, it’s time to make this delicious cranberry champagne cocktail!
Step 1: Make the Cranberry Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, mix together 1 cup of cranberry juice and 1 cup of sugar.
- Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
- Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes until the syrup thickens.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
Step 2: Assemble the Cocktail
- Pour 4 ounces of cranberry orange juice and 1 tablespoon of sweet vermouth into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well for about 10 seconds.
- Strain into a champagne flute and top with chilled champagne or sparkling wine, leaving about an inch for the foam to rise.
- Add a splash of Grand Marnier (or any other orange liqueur substitute) and stir gently to blend everything together.
Step 3: Garnish and Serve
- Crush a few frozen cranberries and place them at the bottom of each glass.
- Pour in the cocktail mixture and add some fresh cranberries to garnish.
- Serve immediately with your favorite appetizers or desserts.
Substitutions and Variations
There are a few different ways to mix up this cranberry champagne cocktail recipe. One option is to swap out the Grand Marnier for another orange liqueur like Cointreau or Triple Sec. This will give the drink a slightly different flavor profile.
For those who prefer a sweeter drink, you can add in some sweet vermouth to the recipe. This will add a rich, sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the tartness of the cranberry juice.
If you don’t have access to cranberry juice, you could try making a spiced cranberry simple syrup instead using fresh or frozen cranberries, sugar, and some warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Use this syrup in place of the cranberry juice for an extra festive twist.
For a non-alcoholic version of this drink, you can make a faux-mimosa by swapping out the champagne for sparkling apple cider or ginger ale. Add in the cranberry juice and orange liqueur as directed and serve in champagne flutes for an elegant look.
No matter how you choose to customize this cocktail recipe, it’s sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering or special occasion.
Serving and Pairing
Serve this delightful cranberry champagne cocktail in a champagne flute to enhance its fizzy and festive nature. The bright cranberry color of this drink is sure to catch the eye and evoke feelings of a holiday celebration.
Pair this cocktail with savory appetizers like mini quiches, or serve it with dessert items like macarons or fruit tarts. The subtle sweetness of the champagne cranberry juice pairs well with salty and savory dishes, while the effervescence of the cocktail complements sweeter treats.
For a perfect holiday pairing, serve this delightful cocktail with spiced cranberry cookies, a classic Christmas treat that highlights the tartness of cranberries and spices like cinnamon and clove. The combination is reminiscent of all things cozy and comforting during the chilly holiday season.
Enjoy this tasty Christmas mimosa also called Poinsettia drink with family and friends on special holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or New Year’s Eve. It will undoubtedly become a must-have in any holiday gathering, entertaining guests with its simplicity and deliciousness.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
The cranberry champagne cocktail is an easy and fun drink recipe perfect for any festive occasion such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Simply mix the cranberry juice, sweet vermouth, and Grand Marnier together well in a large mixing bowl. Then pour the mixed champagne into a separate pitcher or bottle, cover it, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
When it’s time to serve, remove the mixed champagne bottle from the fridge and give it a gentle shake upside down. Next, pour about 2 ounces of the cranberry mixture into a champagne flute, then top it off with the mixed champagne. Stir gently with a sugar cube or spoon for best results.
If you’re looking to add some flair to your cranberry champagne cocktail, try adding frozen cranberries as a garnish or floating them in your glass. To keep your cranberries looking festive and fresh, first rinse them with cold water and then toss them in sugar before adding to your cocktail.
If you end up with leftovers after your party, just place the remaining cocktail back into the bottle or pitcher you used earlier and store it in your fridge until ready for another round. There is no need to reheat your cocktail before serving – simply give it a good shake again before pouring into glasses.
Overall, this bubbly refreshing cocktail is simple, delicious, and perfect for celebrating any occasion. Make it ahead of time so you can enjoy more of the festivities with your loved ones, and rest assured that any leftovers can be stored for later use without any loss of flavor!
Tips for Perfect Results
Achieving the perfect balance of flavors is key when creating a delicious cocktail, especially when it comes to cranberry champagne. Here are some tips for ensuring your cocktail turns out flawlessly and is the perfect addition to your Christmas or Thanksgiving gathering.
Firstly, ensure that your champagne is well chilled before use. This will not only ensure that the drink is refreshing but it will also reduce the amount of foam created when mixing in the other ingredients.
Secondly, use high-quality ingredients. The flavor of this cocktail depends on only three major ingredients so making sure they are of the best quality can elevate the taste immensely. Use freshly squeezed cranberry juice or opt for organic cranberry juice that has no added sugar. Sweet Vermouth and Grand Marnier are also important ingredients and should be chosen based on their quality rather than price.
Thirdly, be careful with proportions as it affects the taste of the drink. Use one cup of cranberry juice to mix with two glasses of champagne to ensure that you get a balanced combination of flavors.
Fourthly, don’t shy away from playing around with variations and substitutions based on personal preference, there are numerous possibilities for modifications such as adding spiced cranberry simple syrup, frozen cranberries as garnish or replacing sweet vermouth with orange liqueur.
Finally, presentation is everything; use a champagne flute to serve for an elegant appearance and garnish with fresh cranberries or a slice of orange for added oomph! Serve immediately and enjoy what is sure to be an instant hit!
Before we wrap up this recipe, let’s address some frequently asked questions about making Cranberry Champagne. These queries will further clarify any grey areas and issues you may have while attempting to recreate our sweet tooth-satisfying cranberry champagne cocktail recipe.
What do you call the drink made of champagne and cranberry juice?
The poinsettia drink, also known as the cranberry mimosa, is a delightful champagne cocktail that requires only three ingredients. It is a perfect substitute for those who prefer not to drink plain champagne and is particularly suited for the festive season.
What is a good mix with champagne?
As a sommelier, I’m often asked to recommend refreshing and flavorful champagne cocktails for parties and celebrations. Some of my go-to suggestions include the Raspberry Royale, a delightful concoction of Chambord raspberry liqueur and bubbly champagne. Another crowd-pleaser is the Mimosa, which can be customized with various types of fruit juice such as grape, cranberry, orange, raspberry lemonade or any blend of your choice. And if you’re looking for a slightly tangy and festive option, I suggest trying the Poinsettia, a blend of Cointreau, cranberry juice and champagne.
What is the name of a cranberry champagne?
The Poinsettia cocktail is a sparkling and invigorating beverage made with a blend of cranberry and champagne that is ideal for festive occasions or winter gatherings.
How to make a champagne cocktail in Ina Garten?
To create a sparkling and indulgent cocktail, start by placing a sugar cube in each flute. Then, add a tablespoon of brandy over the sugar cube, and fill the rest of the flute with cold Champagne. To give the drink an aromatic touch, use a piece of orange zest to rub the rim of the flutes and drop it into the cocktail. The finishing touch is to serve the drink promptly to enjoy the effervescence at its best.
In conclusion, the cranberry champagne cocktail is an ideal drink for celebrating the festive season. The drink is refreshing and easy to make, with just three simple ingredients – cranberry juice, sweet vermouth, and champagne. You can make it even more exciting by experimenting with different variations such as adding Grand Marnier or spiced cranberry syrup.
This drink can be served any time of day and pairs well with a variety of dishes making it perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. It also looks gorgeous in a champagne flute, especially when garnished with frozen cranberries or spiced cranberries.
Overall, the cranberry champagne cocktail is an elegant and simple addition to your holiday menu that you and your guests will love. Give this recipe a try today, and I am confident you won’t regret it!
Cranberry Champagne Recipe
- 1/4 cup cranberry liqueur
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
- 1 tablespoon sweet vermouth
- 750 ml chilled champagne
- In a two quart container, combine cranberry liqueur, Grand Marnier, and vermouth.
- Add champagne to mixture.
- Serve immediately.