The poinsettia cocktail features tangy cranberry juice, bubbly champagne, and a kiss of orange liqueur creating an unmatchable holiday cocktail! Pour these festive drinks in only 5 minutes with 3 ingredients!
Happy New Years Eve! Popping in real quick to share a RIDICUOUSLY easy festive cocktail I definitely think you should be pouring up tonight!
What is a poinsettia cocktail? It’s definitely not the flower, but rather a light, refreshing bubbly holiday drink featuring cranberries, orange, and champagne.
I think the simplicity of this cocktail is what makes it so good. No fancy ingredients or tools needed! Just three simple ingredients that really let the flavors shine through.
Everything about this cocktail just screams festive! We all know cranberries and orange are the perfect match and throwing bubbly champagne in the mix makes it even better!
My recipe makes a small batch which is perfect if you’re watching the ball drop tonight with smaller crew, but you can easily scale the recipe up or down!
The pure beauty of the poinsettia is how simple, delicious, and gorgeous it is.
This Poinsettia Cocktail features…
- Crisp, tangy cranberry juice (I recommend a sweeter cranberry juice)
- Sweet orange liqueur (triple sec works fine here, but if you’ve got it on hand…Grand Marnier is the best, hands down!)
- Bubbly sweet champagne (you can also go with a drier champagne if that’s what you like!)
- All the garnishes! We keep it simple with rosemary sprigs, orange peel, and fresh cranberries.
Making the Poinsettia Cocktail
(scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe!)
Mix the Drinks
The ingredient ratios per drink will be 3 oz cranberry juice to 1 oz orange liqueur to 4 oz champagne.
Combine the cranberry juice and orange liqueur in champagne glasses and top with champagne.
As you pour the champagne in the glass, you’ll get most lovely ribbon of pink colors! Definitely a showy drink.
These cocktails are definitely not complete without the garnishes! It definitely takes them to another level.
I recommend garnishing each glass with a sprig of rosemary, a couple twists of orange peel, and a few fresh cranberries.
Tips and Tricks
- You can make 2/3 of this drink ahead of time! Combine the cranberry juice and orange liqueur and store in fridge up to 2 days. When ready to serve, pour into glasses and top with champagne + garnishes.
- You can make this drink virgin! Sub out the orange liqueur for orange juice and the champagne for club soda.
- Make sure all your drink elements are chilled. This cocktail doesn’t have any ice in it, so make sure you chill all the ingredients prior to making the drinks!
Seriously, how drop dead gorgeous are these cocktails?? Jason and I have been mixing these drinks up nonstop the past few weeks – they’re just way too easy and delicious!
The cranberry flavors paired with a kiss of orange and plenty of bubbly champagne is absolutely king here. They’re light, refreshing, and almost impossible to only have one of!
Have a lovely New Years Eve celebration tonight and please stay safe! Also CHEERS, drinks on me tonight! ♥
A few other gorgeous cocktails you should definitely be mixing up next!
Poinsettia Cocktail (Cranberry Orange Champagne Cocktail)
- 9 oz cranberry juice
- 3 oz orange liqueur (triple sec or Grand Marnier)
- 12 oz champagne (chilled)
- Fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh cranberries, and orange twists for serving
- Divide cranberry juice and orange liqueur between three champagne flute glasses. Top each glass with 4 oz champagne. Garnish each glass with rosemary sprigs, cranberries, and orange twists. Serve immediately and enjoy!