This Poinsettia Christmas Champagne Cocktail is about to become your new tipsy holiday tradition. It's so easy to make for a crowd, and looks absolutely beautiful. Cheers to an awesome holiday.
I love hosting for the holidays, no matter how stressful it is. The result of a house full of happy people is always worth it. But as the years go on, I'm looking for ways to make things easier for myself so that I can get in on the fun as well. I've got prep ahead down to perfection, and I've got a collection of super quick recipes that I know will make people happy.
This way, I get to spend more time indulging in the vibe I've created instead of working away in the brackground while everyone else is having fun. Gone are the days when I believed I had to make things complicated to show how much I loved people. Nobody benefits from my suffering.
What makes this Poinsettia Christmas Champagne Cocktail so awesome?
I now make this drink every single year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, sometimes both. It's a simple three ingredients, and you make it by the pitcher rather than by the glass, so you aren't constantly fiddling with making people drinks. You just set the pitcher out with your nibbles and let people help themselves.
Made with cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and a bottle of sparkling wine, the flavor is light and sweet with a hint of tartness. It's bright and bubbly and so beautiful. I like to add frozen cranberries to keep it chilled. This keeps your drink from getting watered down and also looks gorgeous. It's ridiculously festive.
Magical Properties of Cranberries
With their fiery red color, cranberries bring the energy of courage and action along with abundance and rejuvenation. They come into season in the late Autumn so they often play a role in Samhain and Yule festivities. Due to the way they're harvested, cranberries also represent the element of water. Call on cranberry energy when you need to take action but also stay in touch with your intuition. (Source: Davy & Tracy)
Tips for making a Poinsettia
Look, there's nothing tricky here. You just pour things into a pitcher and give it a stir. Unfortunately, you can't really make this ahead of time, or your sparkling wine will go flat. Luckily, it only takes about five minutes. Be careful when pouring in your sparkling wine so it doesn't bubble over and make a mess.
Start with your ingredients well chilled, and add frozen cranberries to keep it cool. Use whatever kind of orange liqueur you already have or whatever is cheapest. Also, don't use the fancy sparkling wine here. The flavor of the cranberry will be dominant, so no sense in splurging. Cheap wine is great here.
You can use whatever is most easily available in your area. That may be sparkling wine from California, Cava from Spain, Prosecco from Italy, or actual Champagne. No need to splurge for this.
I'm ready to enjoy the holidays and spend time drinking this Poinsettia Christmas Champagne Cocktail with my guests. Let's get merry, kids.Print
Poinsettia Christmas Champagne Cocktail
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5
- Yield: 1 liter 1x
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: American
- 1 bottle sparkling white wine
- ½ cup orange liqueur
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- Frozen cranberries, optional
- Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and add frozen berries or ice to keep chilled.
- Pour into your favorite glasses and enjoy.