Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary

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This simple two-ingredient Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa (plus garnish) cocktail is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas morning. Dress it up with an orange slice and candied rosemary or keep it simple with just the juice and champagne.

Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary

Ever since I’ve been old enough to drink (almost a decade), it’s been a holiday tradition to wake up on Christmas day to my mom preparing a simple egg bake with lattes and tall glasses of mimosa waiting for us on the counter. We lug everything into the family room with the tree and presents and enjoy while opening gifts.

This year I am hoping to leave the door cracked in my childhood room (where I sleep when home) so that I can hear her waking up and sneak into the kitchen as well to whip up this festive mimosa for our family. I don’t like breaking tradition but I’m pretty sure adding these cocktails to the mix will only make the holiday even better. It takes an extra two minutes to whip compared than a traditional mimosa because of the garnish but the extra effort is well worth it.

Now let’s talk about why this cocktail is so great! I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet drinks so I love how the sweetness of orange juice is toned down with the cranberry addition. The sugar from the candied rosemary will eventually melt into the cocktail which gives it the tiniest bit of sweet to counter-act the tart cranberry orange. Wait to make this until right before serving. This will make sure the champagne is still bubbly and also that the sugar will not completely dissolved into the drink.

P.S. Champagne not your thing? Try this Pomegranate Cranberry Punch I made two years ago instead!

Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary recipe below:

Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied RosemaryCranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary

Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa
This simple two-ingredient Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa (plus garnish) cocktail is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas morning. Dress it up with an orange slice and candied rosemary or keep it simple with just the juice and champagne.
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 drinks
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cranberry orange juice (I use this natural brand)
  • 3 cups champagne
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 rosemary sprigs
  • 6 orange slices , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour 1/2 cup each of cranberry orange juice and champagne into six glasses.
  2. Place sugar in a shallow dish. Wet the rosemary sprigs. and then roll in sugar. Add rosemary sprigs and a slice of orange to cocktail right before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 68.9mg84%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cranberry Orange Champagne Mimosa with Candied Rosemary

 

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  • Considering The Radish
    December 14, 2016

    What a gorgeous drink. My family usually starts off Christmas morning with coffee and baileys, but I think I like this mimosa idea better.

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker
    December 15, 2016

    I love this version of a mimosa! Cranberries are something I always forget about, so I think they would be so good paired with champagne!

  • Jennifer Farley
    December 15, 2016

    What a perfect holiday cocktail! I love the idea of candied rosemary… all of these flavors are so harmonious. <3

  • Caroline
    December 15, 2016

    Mimosas are such a fun way to turn champagne into a seasonal cocktail! And so much easier! The rosemary is a perfect garnish! I’d love a glass of this on Christmas morning!

  • Michelle || Hummingbird High
    December 16, 2016

    yum! i love cocktails with JUST a touch of herbs in them. candied herbs need to be in more drinks!

  • betty
    December 16, 2016

    I JUST finished my exam so I am in the need of this cheerful celebratory drink!!!!!!!! So beautiful!

  • Sherrie
    December 18, 2016

    Your drinks make me really happy. You have a way with them that are just incredible beautiful, Shelly.

  • Holly
    December 20, 2016

    These are lovely, I can’t seem to find the juice though. What brand do you use?

    • Shellywest
      Holly
      December 22, 2016

      Shoot! I keep meaning to check my recycling bin when I’m home for the glass container. I’m *pretty* sure it is R.W. Knudsen that carries this flavor. If you are having trouble finding it, mixing half orange juice and half cranberry juice should do the trick as well (but will yield a cloudier cocktail).

  • finja
    December 26, 2016

    Omg, this looks so so soo amazig! 🙂 What a creation.
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  • Don
    December 31, 2016

    Hi, Love the drink, but really love the glasses. Are they vintage or can I purchase them somewhere? Thanks and have a wonderful New Year .

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