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While mimosas tend to be a morning drink, they don’t have to be relegated to breakfast or brunch. In fact, if you switch up the flavors a bit, they are fabulous for night time too. And this non-alcoholic Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail is the perfect way to ring in the new year!
I don’t drink anymore. I used to enjoy it, but now it just makes me feel sluggish and gross. So I stopped. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to enjoy the occasional celebratory drink! And with this recipe, you can use sparkling wine, champagne, or prosecco if you really want the alcohol. Simply replace the sparkling water with one of the three. Or make the recipe as called for to enjoy a totally non-alcoholic version for the holidays!
Do You Have To Serve Your Cranberry Mimosas In Champagne Flutes?
Champagne glasses are always a fantastic way to serve mimosas of any kind. With or without the alcohol. But you don’t have to serve them this way. Some other options are:
- Stemless wine glasses
- Tall, regular glasses
- Regular wine glasses
- Plastic cups for kids
Orange Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail
If you want to mix up the flavors here a bit by making cranberry orange mimosas, you can pour 1 to 1½ cups orange juice into this recipe and garnish with a half orange slice. This is a great November drink. Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas! You can even garnish with a cinnamon stick if you like.
Apple Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail
To make an apple version of this, you can either add 1 to 1½ cups of unsweetened apple juice to this, or you can get rid of the sparkling water completely and replace it with a sparkling apple juice such as Martinelli sparkling apple cider. It’s a perfectly festive holiday drink for New Year’s Eve celebrations!
Frequently Asked Questions
What's The Difference Between A Mimosa And A Bellini?
While there can be more differences than this, generally speaking, a bellini is mixed with fruit purée, while a mimosa is mixed with juice. Both are typically served with sparkling wine of some sort unless they are virgin mimosas or virgin bellinis. In that case, they will both be made with sparkling water.
Is Cranberry Cocktail The Same As Cranberry Juice?
They are not the same. Cranberry cocktail can often have other juices added and definitely has added sugar.
Cranberry juice is just that. The juice of cranberries. You can purchase it sweetened or unsweetened, but you won’t find any other type of juice added.
Cranberry Mimosa Ingredients
Print recipe at the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice – Sweetened cranberry juice has tons of added, processed sugar. Purchase unsweetened and add a sweetener you are comfortable using, to taste. Also, make sure this is not cranberry juice cocktail. There is a big difference.
¼ cup. honey or 6 tbsp. pure maple syrup – Maple syrup doesn’t taste as sweet as honey, so if you opt for that, you’ll need to use more. These amounts are a starting point. It won’t be enough for some people. Make sure you add sweetener until it tastes right to you. You will most likely use quite a bit more than these amounts.
24 oz. can sparkling water – I used two 12 oz. cans. This is just plain, sparkling water.
Fresh cranberries for garnish – This is optional, but adds a nice touch if you are serving guests.
How To make A Cranberry Mimosa
Use a large pitcher and combine all the ingredients together. Stir well to help the sweetener dissolve.
Chill and serve.
If you want to get fancy, there are a few ways to garnish your non-alcoholic mimosa.
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Cinnamon sticks
- Dampen the rim of your glass with some water and then dip it in unprocessed sugar for a sugared rim. This makes it more like dessert than a simple drink. Most people use white sugar (granulated sugar) to do this. What you dip the rim of the glass in is up to you.
- Slices of any type of fruit that coincides with the juice you add (apples with apple juice, orange slices with orange juice, etc.)
Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail Tips
If you want the cranberry flavor but want a stronger focus on a different juice, you can add just a splash of cranberry juice and then add larger amounts of other juices. This recipe is totally versatile. Use your imagination!
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- Large pitcher
- 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
- ¼ cup honey (or 6 tbsp. pure maple syrup + more to taste)
- 24 oz. sparkling water
- fresh cranberries (for garnish)
- Use a large pitcher and combine all the ingredients together. Stir well to help the sweetener dissolve.
- Chill and serve.