Christmas Mimosas

Christmas Mimosas are such a fun way to get in the holiday spirit! This super easy cocktail will be a hit at all of your holiday parties, Christmas morning or any other festive occasion. Bubbly and tart, it’s an easy cocktail for this time of year.

Two glasses with cranberries and sprigs of rosemary.

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Christmas Mimosas Recipe

Cocktails at Christmas time are truly one of my favorite things. There’s just so much creativity and festive joy that I can put into my creations. This delicious Christmas mimosa is just one example!

With crisp champagne bubbles and tart cranberry juice, this has quickly become one of my signature drinks around the holidays. It’s not too sweet and is instead light and refreshing.

It’s essentially a twist on my popular poinsettia drink! This white Christmas mimosa just uses white cranberry juice instead of regular cranberry juice. If you’re typically not a fan of the tart flavor of cranberries, then you’ll probably like this mimosa recipe.

White cranberry juice is less tart than red, making this a touch more sweet. It’s still perfectly festive and fun to serve at all of your gatherings during the Christmas season. I know you’re just going to love it!

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Two glasses with rosemary, cranberries and sprigs of sage.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Christmas mimosas are just so much fun! There are so many reasons that I love this holiday mimosa recipe:

  • Not only is this a great drink for the holidays, but it can be used for so many other occasions too! It’s elegant and tasty, making it perfect for anything from Christmas brunch to to Christmas dinner to winter bridal showers.
  • This easy recipe is can be customized and adapted any way you want. That’s the great thing about homemade cocktails — you can make it your own. Have a signature twist for every drink you make? Go ahead and add it in!
  • Mimosas are great for parties because they don’t take long to make. No need for a cocktail shaker and tons of equipment. Just fill up a champagne glass and serve!
Two glasses with rosemary and cranberries in them.

What is a mimosa?

Mimosas are a classic cocktail most often made with orange juice and champagne. They are a bit similar to bellinis, which are made with peach puree and champagne.

This bubbly cocktail is the perfect drink because it’s so easy to customize! You can switch up the type of juice, add fun ingredients, change up the rim on the glasses, and even add more alcohol.

Tools & glassware 

You only need minimal supplies to make these sweet drinks. Make sure you have champagne flutes or any other type of glass you like to use for a classic mimosa.

You’ll need a jigger or some other way to measure out each liquid as well. But that’s it — that’s really all you’ll need to make this Christmas mimosa recipe!

Two glasses with cranberries and sprigs of rosemary.

Ingredients

With just three simple ingredients, you can the most delicious mimosa drink. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • white cranberry juice
  • triple sec
  • champagne

Rim Ingredients

Substitutions & variations

You can use any kind of champagne in this cranberry mimosa recipe. You can also use sparkling wine! Either will work great. I typically reach for a dry champagne, but feel free to use whatever is your favorite.

My favorite orange liqueur in Cointreau, but you can use anything! I’ve even got a guide that tells you everything you need to know about orange liqueur so that you can choose the best ingredients for your drinks.

Can’t find white cranberry juice? You can sub in white grape juice! It will obviously make the flavor slightly different but it will still be just delicious. (No one has to know!)

You can change up the rim and garnish for your Christmas mimosas too. I use maple syrup and cinnamon sugar, but there’s so many garnish ideas for holiday drinks. Some sparkly sugared cranberries would be a fabulous addition.

For a virgin mimosa, you can skip the orange liqueur altogether. Instead of alcoholic champagne, use a non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider, ginger beer, club soda or ginger ale.

Two glasses with rosemary and cranberries in them.

How to make Christmas Mimosas

If you know how to make a traditional mimosa, then you’ll know how to make these holiday mimosas. But here’s a step by step guide to help you out just in case:

Begin by rimming each glass. I’ve got a whole post with tips on how to rim a glass, but here’s a quick how-to.

Add maple syrup to a shallow dish and dip each glass into the sticky sweet syrup. Allow excess to drip off, then dip the rim of the glass into cinnamon sugar in a shallow dish.

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Pour the white cranberry juice into the champagne flute and then add the triple sec.

Pop open the champagne and slowly pour it into the glasses. Let the bubbles go down and add more champagne if needed.

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Two glasses with a sprig of rosemary in them.

Fill each glass until there is only about ½-inch of empty glass space left.

Add a garnish of cranberries and a sprig of rosemary to finish off the drink.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Two cranberry tarts with sprigs of rosemary, perfect for a Christmas brunch or a festive Mimosa toast.

Tips & tricks

Everyone could use a second set of eyes during holiday festivities, right? Well let me be that for you! Here’s a few tips to make sure your easy mimosas turn out perfectly.

  • Always chill your champagne before using it in a mimosa recipe. It will make the flavor of each cocktail so much better and the drink will be much more refreshing!
  • To keep your Christmas mimosas cold, add frozen cranberries to each glass. They will act as a garnish and won’t water down your drink like an ice cube would.
  • Do you know ahead of time that you are going to have a lot of party guests? Prefill the champagne glasses with cranberry juice and triple sec! Then all you’ll have to do is top them with champagne as people are ready to enjoy a drink.

What to serve with Christmas Mimosas

These yummy mimosas would be absolute perfection served alongside a Christmas charcuterie board. Or you can keep with the cranberry theme and serve mini cranberry apple casseroles.

I love to make DIY Christmas popcorn tins around the holidays too, and that would just be so tasty with these mimosas.

For bite sized appetizers at a party, serve these mimosas with marinated cheese or bacon fig and goat cheese crostini.

White cranberry mimosas are a lovely addition to a Christmas morning breakfast too! Make some special mini pancakes, luscious salmon spinach quiche, spiced shakshuka eggs benedict or a big batch of hash brown breakfast casserole to serve with this refreshing drink!

Two glasses with rosemary sprigs in them.

FAQ

Can I make cranberry Christmas mimosas in a pitcher?

While I prefer to make this drink one by one, you can make a large batch all at once if you prefer! Add up however many servings that you’d like, then pour that amount of each liquid into a large pitcher. Stir together, and serve when ready. But don’t add the champagne to the pitcher until you are ready to serve immediately!

What is the best alcohol for mimosas?

Mimosas turn out best when you use a dry champagne or a dry sparkling wine. Some people love to use a bottle of prosecco in their mimosas! However, if you do not like dry wine it is totally ok to use something more sweet. You cocktails will still be so tasty!

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Christmas Mimosa

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
These Christmas mimosas are so easy to make and only require three ingredients. You're going to love them!
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ingredients

  • 2 ounces white cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec or any clear orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces champagne or prosecco or any dry sparkling wine

instructions

  • To rim each glass, ddd maple syrup to a shallow dish and dip the rim of a glass into. Allow excess to drip off, then dip the rim into the cinnamon sugar that is in a shallow dish.
  • Once rimmed, pour the white cranberry juice into the champagne flute and add triple sec.
  • Slowly pour champagne into the glasses, let the bubbles go down, and then add more champagne if needed.
  • Fill each glass until there is only about ½-inch of empty glass space left.
  • Add a garnish of cranberries and a sprig of rosemary to finish off the drink.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

notes

Always chill your champagne before using it in a mimosa recipe. It will make the flavor of each cocktail so much better and the drink will be much more refreshing!
To keep your Christmas mimosas cold, add frozen cranberries to each glass. They will act as a garnish and won’t water down your drink like an ice cube would.
Do you know ahead of time that you are going to have a lot of party guests? Pre-fill the champagne glasses with cranberry juice and triple sec! Then all you’ll have to do is top them with champagne as people are ready to enjoy a drink.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 6ounces Calories: 163kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 0.3g Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.04g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 11mg Potassium: 142mg Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 5IU Vitamin C: 0.1mg Calcium: 14mg Iron: 1mg
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