Cranberry Mimosas

Recipes, Things to Drink
Photo: Leigh Loftus

Photo: Leigh Loftus

I’m going to go right ahead and say it: I love champagne. There is something so fun and festive about drinking bubbles from a fluted glass, especially if you really have no special reason whatsoever to be celebrating. Shouldn’t everyday be a celebration?

It will be if you’re drinking cranberry mimosas.

With New Years Eve around the corner, I know some of you are thinking about celebrating. I’m thinking about celebrating New Year’s Eve, but because I’m old and lame I probably won’t manage to stay out very late. I actually think that New Year’s Eve couldn’t be more overrated but that’s another story for another day.

If you’re making a fancy-schmancy brunch for January 1, think about opting out of the traditional mimosa and mixing your bubbles with a splash of cranberry juice for a festive flavor and color to help ring in the new year.

A traditional mimosa is a champagne cocktail, typically combined with orange juice. For a lighter, tarter version of the popular AM aperitif, opt instead for cranberry juice over a bubbly base. You can serve it in a champagne flute; however if you don’t have enough for the crowd or you’re worried about your glassware breaking at the party, try to use a tall glass so that the champagne bubbles can still aerate properly.

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Cranberry Mimosas
Recipe type: Things to Drink
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 Cups cranberry juice
  • 1 Bottle Champagne
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish
  1. Combine cranberry juice and champagne into a large pitcher.
  2. Divide into four long champagne flutes and garnish with fresh cranberries, to serve.


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    fred foss
    November 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    An even better garnish, cocktail cranberries by Lounge Attire Premium cocktail cranberries.

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    fred foss
    November 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Try a cranberry mimosa garnished with Lounge Attire Cranberries. They are really cool.

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    Fred Foss
    November 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    For a perfect garnish to the cranberry mimosa, try Lounge Attire Premium Cocktail Cranberries. Check out their website

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    December 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    why can’t we drink alcohol for brunch every weekend morning? who says that ain’t acceptable? it’s totally fine. i stand by that statement.
    this looks deliciously lovely. and your photos are beautiful! glad you “found” me so i could in turn find you. adding ya to the reader 🙂

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    December 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    That is a delightful drink!

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    December 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Maris, thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow…LOVE your site, so glad I’ve found it. I may not be a twenty something any more, but am always on the hunt for healthy meal ideas with a few indulgences! I have bookmarked the site, and will be back often. Break out the champagne!

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    December 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I love bubbles! I learned in grad school that it’s totally acceptable to pop open a bottle for Tuesday night dinner. No need to wait for anything to celebrate! Just do it 🙂
    These look great!

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    December 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find your!

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    December 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    That does look SO pretty! Brunch is my favorite meal…I bet it’d be even better with this!

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