This cranberry mimosa is a festive and easy holiday cocktail. With just three ingredients, it’s simple to keep everything on hand for impromptu gatherings. And of course, this cranberry mimosa recipe is a perfect fit for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Christmas get-togethers.
Thanksgiving dinner itself can be a little tasking with an eye catching entrée, many side dishes, and pie to follow. So it’s nice to have a holiday cocktail that is ridiculously easy to make, as well as festive.
Easy as one, two, three
Put a few whole cranberries into champagne flutes
Fresh or frozen cranberries are fine here.
If I was taking this cocktail on a Food Network show, they’d ding me at this point, because they say you shouldn’t put something in a plate or glass that people aren’t supposed to eat.
Obviously, you shouldn’t start gnawing on a whole raw cranberry. But it makes the drinks awfully fun, and it immediately reads holidays.
Pour cranberry juice into each glass, even with the cranberries
The cranberries float once they come into contact with the liquid. So you won’t be able to measure it that way exactly. But it’s basically one Tablespoon of cranberry juice per drink.
There’s no reason to be super scientific about this. A little more or less won’t hurt anything.
A standard mimosa is one part juice to three parts champagne. But for these cranberry mimosas, I prefer to go lighter on the cranberry juice and heavier on the champagne.
Speaking of juice, when it comes to cranberry juice, keep in mind that 100% pure cranberry juice is REALLY tart. You can use it for these cranberry mimosas because sparkling wine is on the sweet side.
However, pure cranberry juice won’t be as well suited for mocktails with sparkling water or club soda. So I’d recommend getting naturally sweetened cranberry juice for more all-purpose cranberry cocktails & mocktails.
Finish the glass with Champagne or sparkling wine
(Sparkling wine can only officially be called Champagne if it’s from the Champagne region of France.)
Alcohol-free mocktail alternative
If you’d prefer this cocktail without alcohol, use sparkling water, club soda, or tonic water instead of sparkling wine.
A bubbly cranberry juice mimosa goes well with an afternoon Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal, because it isn’t overly heavy. It has a light effervescence that doesn’t weigh you down.
Plus, with just three ingredients, it’s easy to keep cranberries, cranberry juice, and sparkling wine on hand for impromptu holiday gatherings.
- 3 or 4 whole cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1 Tablespoon cranberry juice
- ⅔ cup sparkling wine or Champagne*
- Put 3 or 4 whole cranberries into a champagne flute.
- Cover the cranberries with cranberry juice.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way with sparkling wine or Champagne.