Brisk winter mornings can leave you yearning for sunshine, warmth and of course, cranberries! This Cranberry Mimosa is packed with bright, sunny flavor, and is bursting with color! Made with prosecco, Gran Gala, orange and cranberry juice, and garnished with fresh cranberries and rosemary, this drink is sure to complement any table set for winter brunches and gatherings.
Cranberry Mimosa: The Perfect Christmas Morning Cocktail
We all know how fun it can be to have out-of-town family staying with us over the holidays. I mean, if National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation didn’t clearly illustrate it, I don’t know what will!
Seriously though, before we moved back to New York, we spent 3 years living in Minnesota. The first Christmas Day we were alone, and that was exactly how we felt – alone. Over the next 2 years, we had family come to visit for Christmas and it definitely helped to enhance our holiday cheer!
There is nothing better than waking Christmas morning and being with the ones you love. And what better way to share that love than to cook, bake, and create delicious food and drink for those guest.
This is one of those drinks that is delicious and simple to make for a crowd, making it perfect for those morning guests, and for you as host or hostess.
Shorter Days Call For More Sun
The clocks have been turned back, and with that the slow and steady waning of daylight hours. For some, the first few days of Daylight Savings can be difficult, and I’ve found that adding a bit of figurative sunshine can help.
There is no better symbol for sunshine than oranges! Just ask any Floridian – the oranges that adorn their license plates and tourism materials are aptly placed beside their state motto, “The Sunshine State”. And what better way to consume oranges than by drinking their juice.
I don’t usually drink orange juice, but I’ve noticed that when we’re in the winter months, I am (not so strangely) drawn to it. In fact, it was the brightly colored bottles of fresh-pressed orange juice in Whole Foods that inspired this drink. I quickly grabbed a bottle, pressed the juice myself and exclaimed, “tomorrow we shall have Mimosas!”
What Type Of Juice For Mimosas?
Do you need to use fresh-squeezed orange juice for mimosas? No, definitely not. They will taste fresher if you do, but it is definitely not required. In fact, if you are serving a crowd, it is much easier to use bottled juice.
Also, if you do not like pulp, you may want to steer clear of the fresh-squeezed, which inevitably will have a lot of pulp.
For the cranberry juice, use any cranberry juice you like! If you’re using straight-up cranberry juice (it will be very tart), you may need to add sugar or simple syrup. On the other hand, cranberry juice cocktail will already have added sugar and will be less tart. Choose what you like best.
How To Make Cranberry Mimosas
Gather your ingredients: Gran Gala or Grand Marnier, prosecco, orange juice, cranberry juice, plus cranberries and rosemary to garnish. You’ll also want to grab some champagne flutes.
To the champagne flute, add the Gran Gala, orange juice and cranberry juice. Give it a quick stir. Fill to the top with the prosecco and garnish with the cranberries and rosemary (optional).
Alternatively, you could double, triple, quadruple, etc. the recipe and just add all ingredients to a pitcher. This option is better for a crowd.
Other Brunch Cocktails
If I am hosting a brunch, I like to present my guests with options for food and drink. Here are some great prosecco-based cocktails you can consider for your menu:
If you’ve enjoyed this Cranberry Mimosa Cocktail or any recipe on this site please let us know in the comments. We would love to hear how you did and it’s nice to show others as well. Thanks!
- 1 tablespoon Gran Gala
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup prosecco
- 1 handful cranberries for garnish
- 1 sprig rosemary for garnish
- To a champagne flute, add the Gran Gala, orange juice, and cranberry juice.
- Stir these ingredients together.
- Fill to the top with the prosecco.
- Add cranberries and rosemary for garnish.
- Serve immediately.
- Since we don't use ice for this drink, make sure your ingredients are all VERY cold!
- Freezing your cranberries is a great way to give them double duty as garnish and ice.
- If you are using fresh squeezed orange juice, consider passing it through a mesh strainer to avoid pulp in the mimosa.
- For a crowd, double, triple, quadruple, etc the recipe!
- Feel free to play around with flavors using more/less cranberry juice depending on your own taste.
- We used Gran Gala but you could also use Grand Marnier, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur or even Triple Sec.