Poinsettia drink is the perfect holiday cocktail. It’s so delightfully vibrant with its gorgeous red hue. And it’s fruity, a bit sweet, tart, and oh-so bubbly, perfectly equating to the holiday season. It’ll surely put everyone in a festive mood during the party.
Hosting a holiday party is no easy feat, I know. One of the things you need to do is add a little bit of sparkle to a usual gathering. And what better way to put a dazzling vibe to your celebration than serving this seasonal fruit punch? Sure, it’s great to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Thanksgiving with this champagne drink. But a poinsettia cocktail is perpetually included in my beverage rotation, whatever the occasion is!
The Poinsettia drink recipe is a concoction of orange liqueur and cranberry juice topped with champagne. The orange liqueur imparts a subtle orange twist to this Christmas champagne cocktail. Apart from giving a lovely red color, the cranberry juice lends tartness and a bit of sweetness, too. Of course, adding effervescence to this cranberry cocktail is the champagne.
Choosing the best orange liqueur for my poinsettia drink recipe was a bit challenging, actually. There’s an array of good options, after all! I was torn between Cointreau (a triple sec) and Grand Marnier. In the end, I tried out the two and came up with an astounding conclusion. A Poinsettia drink with Grand Marnier is such a joy to drink, like the one with triple sec! In fact, I’ve also heard that you can use any orange-flavored liqueur you prefer.
I also used 100% cranberry juice for my cranberry champagne cocktail. It’s actually a must when making a poinsettia drink. For one, using 100% cranberry juice gives my holiday drink a deep red color. Plus, it’ll deliver the right amount of tartness, which should be the dominant flavor of this Christmas cocktail. If you use a cranberry juice cocktail, your drink will be on the sweeter scale. Or, incorporate pomegranate liqueur to turn this recipe into a pomegranate poinsettia cocktail.
Any champagne can work here—brut or dry or demi-sec. If you’re planning on serving this red cocktail for big crowds, I suggest choosing a more affordable option, like Prosecco. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine that’s also fruity, zingy, and bubbly. And a Poinsettia drink with Prosecco tastes equally sublime, I swear! Feel free to combine orange-flavored vodka and cranberry juice to make a Poinsettia cocktail with vodka.
Even better is you can tweak the recipe a bit and make a non-alcoholic Poinsettia drink! Instead of champagne, you can use non-alcoholic sparkling cider or grape juice. Meanwhile, orange juice is the best alcohol-free alternative to orange liqueur. With that, the young ones can also get a taste of this fruity cocktail!
Best of all, mixing up this Poinsettia cocktail recipe couldn’t be any easier. You wouldn’t even be needing a cocktail shaker! All you have to do is pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into the champagne flute. You have to stir gently with a long spoon until the orange liqueur and cranberry juice are well-combined. Then, top it with champagne. Just a pro-tip: it’d be best if you only top the orange liqueur-cranberry juice when ready to serve. Of course, you need some garnish to give your cranberry Christmas cocktail a lovelier visual look. A few rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries are the perfect finishing touch, taking this Christmas holiday drink to the next level! You can also garnish your poinsettia cocktail with orange peel and frozen cranberries.
How To Make Poinsettia Drink
This poinsettia drink is a cranberry champagne cocktail made of cranberry juice and orange liqueur topped with champagne. With its vibrant look and refreshing taste, it’s the perfect drink for holiday parties!
- Gather the ingredients.
- Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute. Stir well.
- Top with the Champagne. Garnish with a few fresh cranberries and a small rosemary sprig.
- Serve and enjoy.
- Make sure to chill the ingredients before mixing this drink since the recipe does not call for ice.
- If you want to sweeten your champagne cocktail a bit, try adding a small amount of simple syrup. Or, just rim the champagne flute with sugar.
- You can also mix this Christmas drink up using a cocktail shaker. Simply place the cranberry juice and orange liqueur in the cocktail shaker. Shake until the concoction is cold. Then, top it with the champagne of your choice.
- Sugar: 16g
- Calcium: 15mg
- Calories: 124kcal
- Carbohydrates: 16g
- Fat: 1g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 1mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Potassium: 145mg
- Protein: 1g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Sodium: 9mg
- Vitamin A: 38IU
- Vitamin C: 8mg
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