Poinsettia Drink

When you’re in between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, you need a festive cocktail that pulls triple duty, like the Poinsettia drink! This easy yet elegant sparkling cranberry cocktail is worth toasting the holidays with. 

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Poinsettia Drink Recipe

The time between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is always so strange. One holiday ends. Family leaves. You might have time to catch up with an old friend. It feels like you are cleaning and organizing forever. Do you take down the decorations now or do you wait until 12 days have passed? I never know. 

Anyone else feel like it’s a whirlwind? And then New Year’s Eve creeps up on you, and it’s suddenly time for a new year, sequins and resolutions. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll plan a NYE bash chock full of champagne jello shotselderflower French 75 cocktails or lemon champagne punch. But I like to have a fun beverage that I can use at any moment during that time of year for any and all winter holiday parties.

This poinsettia cocktail is fruity, fizzy, and so fun for the holiday season. With the pink and red colors, they’d even be so cute to serve for a Valentine’s Day dinner! It’s the best elegant cocktail that is festive, yet general enough to be used for a variety of different holidays.

So if you’re needing a drink that isn’t just a Christmas cocktail, but still has a festive look, then this poinsettia drink is just the thing!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This cranberry champagne cocktail has such a vibrant color and a delicious flavor. You’re going to love it because:

  • You only need four ingredients to make this cocktail recipe. The more simple around the holidays, the better right? This no-fuss drink is so easy to make but still has the prettiest presentation and tastiest flavor.
  • Easily make as many of these drinks as you need for your holiday gatherings. Every guest can have their own tasty and festive poinsettia cocktail!
  • Since this drink is made glass by glass, you can make a non-alcoholic version very easily! Cranberry juice pairs so well with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine type beverage.
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Tools & glassware 

To make this festive cocktail, you’ll need to have a few tools on hand.

Make sure you’ve got a cocktail shaker and something to measure the alcohol needed for each glass. Prepare ahead of time and make sure you have enough champagne glasses for the amount of guests you plan to serve.

The cranberry garnish can just float on top of your drink if you’d like. However, you can also use cocktail picks if your prefer.

Cranberry rosemary skewers on a white plate with a glass of wine and a sprig of rosemary.

Ingredients

With just these few simple ingredients, you can make this festive cocktail for all of the winter holidays that you want! Here’s what you need:

Triple sec: Check out my orange liquer guide for everything you need to know about triple sec. This ingredient is your opportunity to make this cocktail shine though, so I recommend a fancier one like Cointreau or Grand Marnier if you can splurge! 

Unsweetened cranberry juice: You can use sweetened cranberry juice if you prefer, but I like how the tart flavor of unsweetened cranberry juice balances everything else in this recipe. I do not recommend grabbing any kind of cranberry juice cocktail mixture. They have tons of added sugar and don’t mix nicely in a classy cocktail like this. Just pure cranberry juice will do!

Champagne: Don’t know what champagne to grab? Check out this guide to picking out a champagne and sparkling wine and I’ll help you decide on the perfect champagne to make this poinsettia drink. I recommend a brut champagne or prosecco. A dryer sparkling wine will be best to highlight the flavors of the cranberry juice. Spring for a nicer bottle, if you can, for elevated flavors in this cocktail.

Fresh cranberries or sugared cranberries: I love sugared cranberries as a sparkly garnish on this holiday drink, but you can use fresh cranberries too. For a different garnish, you could use an orange twist or a candied orange slice.

Rosemary sprigs: Use these for garnish. Fresh thyme would also be pretty. For Thanksgiving, use sage leaves for a festive touch.

How to make a Poinsettia Drink

You can make this easy Poinsettia Cocktail recipe in a few simple steps:

A few hours before you plan to make the cocktail, place the bottle of champagne in the fridge to chill.

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When you’re ready to make the poinsettia drink, add triple sec and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker that’s filled with ice. Shake well.

A person pouring cranberry juice into a glass.
A person pouring cranberry juice into a glass.

Pour the mixture into a champage flute and top with chilled champagne.

Then garnish with either frozen cranberries or sugared cranberries. They can float on top or you can place them onto a cocktail pick. A sprig of rosemary would also be a nice touch!

Serve immediately and enjoy!

A glass of cranberry juice with rosemary sprigs.

What to serve with a Poinsettia Drink

There are so many fun treat to serve with this delicious drink at your holiday parties. A Christmas charcuterie board is always a massive hit, as well as this creamy whipped feta dip.

But I like to have an assortment of cookies ready at any moment during this time of year. Snowflake sugar cookies are so pretty, but a classic chocolate chip cookie is never a bad idea either!

If you’re more a small bite appetizer fan, then serve these bacon fig and goat cheese crostini or bacon wrapped dates with a poinsettia champagne cocktail.

For an easy appetizer, make some DIY popcorn tins filled with delicious salty and sweet popcorn like cheddar cheese popcorn or caramel corn!

Two glasses of cranberry champagne cocktail with rosemary sprigs and a bottle of champagne.

Tips & tricks

Check out these tips for the best results on your yummy poinsettia inspired cocktail:

  • Freeze your cranberries ahead of time because they will act as ice cubes and will help keep your drinks cold! But if you would rather use sugared cranberries, then just chill your liquid ingredients ahead of time.
  • It can be tempting to make a few drinks at a time and let them sit on a table, but for best results just make each drink fresh so that the flavor is perfect and the champagne is still bubbly.
  • Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or ginger ale with plain cranberry juice to make an alcohol-free version of this beverage for guests who avoid alcohol or who don’t drink. See more in my virgin mimosa recipe for ideas.
A red drink with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

FAQ

Can I make poinsettia drink ahead of time?

It is not recommend to make champagne cocktails ahead of time because the crisp bubbles will fall flat. Make each drink fresh so that every guest can have a bubbly and fizzy beverage!

What is a poinsettia drink made of?

This festive cocktail is made from triple sec, cranberry juice, and crisp champagne. These three ingredients combine to make a yummy drink that is bright red in color and perfect for the holiday season!

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Poinsettia Drink

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
This stunning Pointsettia Champagne Cocktail is an elegant yet easy holiday cocktail. Make it for the holiday season!
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ingredients

  • 1 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces champagne
  • 3 sugared cranberries (or frozen or fresh), for garnish
  • 1 rosemary sprig for garnish

instructions

  • A few hours before making the cocktail, champagne in the fridge to chill.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add triple sec and cranberry juice. Shake well.
  • Pour into a champagne flute. Top up with champagne.
  • Garnish with cranberries, either floating on top or skewered on a cocktail pick or sprig of rosemary.

notes

Optionally, you can use an orange twist or lemon twist for a garnish if you don’t have fresh cranberries.
Cranberry juice cocktail is sweeter than pure cranberry juice. There is plenty of sweetness here if you use 100% cranberry juice, but if you like a sweeter drink, you can use a cranberry juice cocktail. 

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 6ounces Calories: 79kcal Carbohydrates: 9g Protein: 0.2g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.04g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 5mg Potassium: 68mg Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 28IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 8mg Iron: 0.3mg
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