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.
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:
- 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
Pour 1/2 cup each of cranberry orange juice and champagne into six glasses.
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.