Cranberry Mimosa Cocktail

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This Cranberry Mimosa Cocktail is ideal for serving during the holiday season. Slightly tart and bubbly, this fun and festive sipper is easy to make with just 3 ingredients needed. The perfect drink for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

You’ll also love Fall Spiced Old Fashioned and Jamaican Rum Punch.

a finished cranberry mimosa on a serving try along with all of the ingredients

This Cranberry Mimosa cocktail is the seasonal sipper you’ll be making all holiday season long! With its festive color and fizzy bubbles, this drink just says special occasion. And it’s incredibly easy to make, which makes it ideal for all your holiday entertaining needs.

Perfect for everything from Thanksgiving dinner and Friendsgiving gatherings to Christmas brunch (paired with this Crockpot Breakfast Casserole or a batch of my cinnamon rolls) and a New Year’s Eve toast, this bubbling mimosa adds true holiday flare without a ton of extra work! #easyentertaining

top down view of a completed mimosa garnished with fresh cranberries

What is a Mimosa?

A traditional mimosa is made with citrus juice (typically orange juice) and champagne. Mimosas are often served with brunch, but they also make the perfect party cocktail.

The addition of cranberry juice in this mimosa recipe makes it a festive cocktail that can easily be served from Thanksgiving to Christmas and right on through New Year’s. We won’t even blame you if you serve it to your Valentine!

Why You’ll ♡ This

  • Festive – The addition of cranberry juice is like decorating a tree with lights. It just puts it in the holiday mood! 
  • Easy – Three ingredients and 60 seconds. Honestly, that’s all it takes. The hardest part will be opening the bottle. 
  • Versatile – Serve this Christmas cocktail for your holiday brunch or with Christmas Eve dinner.
a festive cranberry mimosa on a serving tray with the ingredients and Christmas decorations

Tools Needed

Ready to make this festive Christmas cocktail? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Cranberry Orange Mimosa

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. In a large pitcher, combine sparkling wine, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
  2. Gently stir to combine and pour into champagne flutes.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries and serve.
image collage showing the steps for making a cranberry orange mimosa

Expert Tips

  • For a fresh, boldly citrus flavor, we recommend using fresh-squeezed orange juice in this cocktail recipe.
  • Serve within 15 minutes of making this cocktail for the best flavor.
  • Don’t use a cranberry juice cocktail. Use 100% pure cranberry juice for the best sweet-tart flavor. 

Pro Tip: Using a champagne flute or other type of tall, thin glass helps preserve the bubbles.

Delicious Variations

  • Garnish it – Add a few fresh cranberries or a sprig of fresh rosemary to the glass. You can also add an orange wedge or a little twist of orange peel.
  • Rim it – wet the edge of the champagne glass with a piece of citrus and dip the rim in sugar for a sparkling, frosty effect. Go a step further and use vanilla bean sugar for an added burst of flavor.
  • Swap your juice – Orange and cranberry juice are classic options, but other juices work well too. Experiment with grapefruit, pineapple, and pomegranate. 
  • Take is over the top – Add a splash of orange liqueur such as Triple Sec. And if you are feeling really brave, add a bit of vodka.

Make Ahead and Storage

Mimosas are at their best within 15 minutes of being prepared. The bubbles will start to settle, and they just won’t be as tasty, so we don’t recommend you prep this in advance. However, you do need to make sure all of your ingredients are well chilled!

one completed mimosa on a mirrored serving tray

FAQs

How Do I Choose a Sparkling Wine?

Mimosas are typically made with dry champagne. Delicious, yes, but the price tag for champagne is higher than sparkling wine, so that’s what I usually choose.

There are lots of different sparkling wines available so choose one that you like. You are adding a fair amount of juice, so you probably don’t need a top-shelf label. Italian prosecco is a nice choice. It’s affordable and still really flavorful.

Yes! In a champagne glass, combine ½ cup of sparkling wine, ¼ cup of orange juice, and 1 tablespoon pure cranberry juice. Garnish with a few fresh cranberries and enjoy!

How Do I Make This Without Alcohol?

If you don’t enjoy alcohol or want to make something for the kids to enjoy, you can make a non-alcoholic mimosa! Combine the juices as directed and replace the sparkling wine with sparkling cider, sparkling juice, or for a less sweet taste–sparkling water. 

I’m Not a Fan of Orange Juice. Will I Like This?

No problem! Just leave out the orange juice! The magic formula here is roughly 1 part juice to 2 parts sparkling wine. Replace all of the orange juice with cranberry juice, and you will have a bright red festive cocktail. 

close up view of one cranberry orange mimosa cocktail

Serving Suggestions

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Friends, these sweet cocktails go down soooo easily, so make sure to drink responsibly and be mindful of your consumption.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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a finished cranberry mimosa on a serving try along with all of the ingredients
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Cranberry Mimosa Cocktail

The festive color and flavor of this bubbly mimosa make it a perfect holiday drink!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For a single drink

  • ½ cup (118mL) sparkling wine
  • ¼ cup (59mL) orange juice fresh-squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry juice 100-percent pure juice
  • fresh cranberries to garnish

To serve 4-6 people

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) sparkling wine
  • 1 ¼ cups (296mL) orange juice fresh-squeezed
  • ¼ cup (59mL) cranberry juice 100-percent pure
  • fresh cranberries to garnish

Instructions

To make one drink

  • Add orange juice and cranberry juice to a champagne flute, then add a few fresh cranberries.
  • Pour in the sparkling wine and serve immediately.

When serving 4-6 people

  • Combine the sparkling wine, orange juice, cranberry juice, and fresh cranberries in a large pitcher, stirring lightly to combine.
  • Pour into champagne flutes and serve immediately.
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Notes

  • For a fresh, boldly citrus flavor, we recommend using fresh-squeezed orange juice in this cocktail recipe.
  • Serve within 15 minutes of making this cocktail for the best flavor.
  • Don’t use a cranberry juice cocktail. Use 100% pure cranberry juice for the best sweet-tart flavor.
  • Using a champagne flute or other type of tall, thin glass helps preserve the bubbles.
There are 4 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Festive colors and fizzy bubbles makes this cocktail sound amazing. I love all things cranberry and can’t wait to make this. What a perfect drink for the holidays.

  2. 5 stars
    What a beautiful and refreshing cocktail. Was just thinking about the ideal holiday drink and this is perfect and so simple, but looks elegant!