A cranberry mimosa garnished with cranberries and sugared rosemary

Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

The Cranberry Sauce Mimosa adds festive flair to any gathering! Crafted with cranberry sauce, fresh orange juice, and sparkling white wine.

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Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

Looking for a festive and refreshing drink to kick off your holiday sips? Look no further than the super easy Cranberry Sauce Mimosa! This elegant spin on the classic mimosa combines the tartness of cranberry sauce with the sweetness of fresh orange juice, all topped off with the effervescence of sparkling white wine. I had homemade cranberry sauce left over from our Thanksgiving feast, but canned cranberry sauce works in this drink too. For other vibrant variations, try fresh squeezed grapefruit or blood orange juice as well. It’s a one-of-a-kind cocktail that tastes as good as it looks with a candied rosemary and cranberries garnish!

Ingredients for the Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

  • Cranberry Sauce: Adds a burst of tartness and a festive touch. I like Ocean Spray.
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice: Provides the sweet and citrusy element of a traditional mimosa. Fresh squeezed is best, but bottled works here too.
  • Sparkling White Wine: Adds refreshing effervescence. I used La Marca Prosecco.
  • White Sugar: For the rim of the cocktail and sweetness in every sip.
  • Minced Herbs: Rosemary and thyme infuses herbal notes into the sugar rim.
  • Sugared Rosemary, Cranberries: For the cheeriest garnish!
A cranberry mimosa garnished with cranberries and sugared rosemary

How to Make the Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

Creating this delightful Cranberry Sauce Mimosa is so simple and quick, making it the perfect choice for any holiday gathering.

Begin by preparing the glass. Combine sugar and minced herbs in a shallow dish. Run a lemon or orange wedge around the rim of a champagne flute, then dip the rim into the sugar mix until coated, adding a festive touch to your presentation.

Next, add cranberry sauce, fresh orange juice, and sparkling white wine to the glass. Give it a gentle stir to combine all the flavors. Garnish the Cranberry Sauce Mimosa with sugared rosemary and cranberries as a finishing touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones for garnish?

Yes! Frozen cranberries can make a stunning garnish and keep your drink cold without diluting it. Rinse them under cold water to thaw slightly before rolling them in sugar for an extra frosty appearance.

How do I make the sugared rosemary?

To make sugared rosemary, start by selecting fresh rosemary sprigs and ensuring they’re clean and dry. Lightly dampen each sprig with water using a brush or fingertips. Roll the damp rosemary in granulated sugar, ensuring a thin, even coating. Shake off any excess sugar and place the sugared rosemary on a parchment-lined tray. Let them air-dry for 1-2 hours to set the sugar. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

What are other kinds of citrus I can use in the Cranberry Sauce Mimosa?

Grapefruit Juice:

Using fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice instead of, or in addition to, orange juice adds a refreshing and tangy twist to your mimosa. The grapefruit’s natural bitterness complements the sweetness of the cranberry sauce, creating a well-balanced and citrus-forward flavor profile.

Blood Orange Juice:

Substituting or combining blood orange juice with orange juice brings a delightful burst of sweetness and a hint of berry-like undertones. The rich, deep color of blood orange juice creates a vibrant and delicious beverage.

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Cranberry Sauce Mimosa

The Cranberry Sauce Mimosa adds festive flair to any gathering! Featuring cranberry sauce, fresh orange juice, and sparkling white wine.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, festive cocktail, holiday cocktail, Mimosa
Yield: 1


  • 1/2 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 5 oz sparkling white wine
  • 1/2 tbsp white sugar, for rim
  • 1/4 tsp minced herbs (rosemary and thyme)
  • For garnish: sugared rosemary, cranberries

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