There is something relaxing and refreshing about a mimosa for brunch or a lazy morning. Adding cranberry to this popular drink makes it more festive for the holidays and a lovely drink to serve when you have guests over. Try this Cranberry Mimosa with my Baked Pecan French Toast for a late breakfast or early lunch.
Mimosas, also known as orange champagne, have been a hair of the dog drink for many decades. They even have their own day, May 16th. But, don’t wait until you have a hangover or May to enjoy this popular cocktail. By adding a cranberry syrup to the classic mix, you will have a Cranberry Mimosa that is sweet and tangy, with the all-important bubbles that mimosa is known for.
Cranberry Mimosa Recipe
With only a few ingredients, you can give your classic mimosa a twist by adding a cranberry sauce.
- orange juice
How to Make a Cranberry Mimosa
The hardest part of this recipe (and it’s really not that hard) is preparing the cranberry syrup. I have a bit of a warning before you begin making the Cranberry Sauce. As the cranberries start to cook, they may splatter a bit…And, when they splatter, they may stain your clothes! After all, the colonists would use cranberries to dye their clothing back in the 1600s. So, unless you want some red polka dots, I recommend placing a colander over the top of the saucepan (or splatter guard) as the cranberries begin to pop.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get to the ease of making the cranberry syrup. To make the cranberry syrup, mix the sugar, water, and fresh cranberries. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken.
Mix Your Drink
Once you have your cranberry syrup made, it’s a matter of layering the drink. Begin by setting out 8 glasses (I love mimosas served in champagne flutes, but it’s up to you). Evenly distribute the cranberry syrup into each of the glasses, followed by about 2 ounces of orange juice. Top them off with champagne and sip away!
Variations of a Cranberry Mimosa
If cranberry is not your thing, try pineapple juice or grapefruit juice to mix it up a bit. You could also replace the cranberry syrup for a raspberry syrup. If champagne is not for you, replace that with a beer. For a non-alcoholic drink, you can always use sparkling water or non-alcoholic champagne. It’s fun to try, and the more colorful, the more fun (and tasty)! The opportunities are endless, and you will surely find a combination you love.
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Give your classic mimosa a tangy twist by adding cranberry syrup for this festive Cranberry Mimosa.
- 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 12 ounces (340g) orange juice
- 12 ounces (355g) champagne
In a small saucepan, mix together the sugar, water, and fresh cranberries. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. The sauce will get very thick, and the cranberries may 'pop' (or open up). Cover with a mesh strainer to prevent cranberries staining your shirt!
Evenly distribute the cranberry syrup into each of the 8 glasses.
Add about 2 ounces of orange juice to each drink.
Top with champagne.