Orange cranberry mimosa mocktail or cocktail recipe! A gorgeous and festive holiday drink for everyone in the family.
Happy holiday season, Rhubarbarians! Today, I'm sharing a really awesome drink that everyone in your family will enjoy this Christmas, a holiday mocktail. With alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. PLUS, 10 more recipes to make the ultimate vegan holiday menu!
Festive holiday drinks are a MUST for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are amazing to enjoy while all that good food is cooking and everyone is getting settled in and friendly. Non-alcoholic holiday cocktails are a fun way to please alcohol free friends and fam and make it seem just that much more special. It's all about holiday flavors and garnishes. 🙂
Make it festive
There's this picture of me when I was a little girl with my family, and we are all holding up champagne glasses full of bubbly and all having a wonderful time. Mine was just sparkling apple cider, but I remember always feeling so fancy when I got to have an "adult" beverage.
Make the Christmas mocktails fun by playing with holiday flavors like apple, cranberry, and cinnamon. Amp up the fanciness with garnishes like cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary leaves. Don't forget to use your fancy cocktail glasses!
So, let's raise a glass to all the youngins, pregnant ladies, and alcohol free drinkers out there! They deserve a special drink over the holidays too!
Ingredients and equipment
Here's what you'll need to make a holiday cranberry mimosa mocktail. Full ingredients and instructions are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
- Orange slice and sugar: to sugar the rim of your glass
- Orange juice: freshly squeezed is best
- Sweetened cranberry juice
- Sparkling apple cider: we like Martinelli's
- Garnishes: fresh cranberries, cinnamon stick, and rosemary sprig
- Ground cinnamon: just a tiny pinch
- Small bowl or dish: to sugar the rim of your glass
- Champagne glasses or small cocktail glasses
- 1-2 ounce shot glass or measuring cup: to measure the liquid
Step by step instructions
Here's how to make your holiday mocktail. Full ingredients and instructions are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
- First things first, you'll want some champagne glasses or small cocktail glasses. Let's use the fancy ones, it's the holidays!
- To sugar the rim, pour some white sugar onto a small plate so that it's at least ⅛" deep. Spread it out to a bit wider than the rim of your glass. Wet the rim of your glass with a slice of fresh orange and make sure there is some juice on it. With your champagne glass upside down, dip the rim into the sugar and turn the glass a bit to make sure you get the rim coated in sugar.
- Avoiding the sugared rim, pour in the orange juice, cranberry juice, and sparkling apple cider.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a rosemary stick for garnish. If you can fit an orange wedge in there that would be pretty too!
- Sprinkle a tiny pinch of ground cinnamon on the top.
Make it alcoholic
Just follow the same steps as the mocktail, choosing a fancy glass and sugaring the rim. But, instead of apple cider you will use champagne or prosecco.
Top with the same garnishes and everyone will feel like they are drinking the same festive cocktail! But make sure you know whose is whose.
Recipe tips and substitutions
There are a number of ways to switch this up and still have it be a delicious and festive holiday drink for everyone.
- Add a splash of vodka for a delightfully boozy mimosa.
- Use white wine or even rose instead of apple cider or champagne. It won't be fizzy, but it sure will be tasty.
- Try 7-up or Sprite rather than apple cider for more of a citrus flavor.
- Try a different flavor of sparkling cider. Cranberry cider or cherry cider would be amazing!
Orange cranberry mimosa mocktail or cocktail recipe! A gorgeous and festive holiday drink for everyone in the family
- orange slice and sugar for the sugared rim
- 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 oz cold sweetened cranberry juice
- 2 oz cold sparkling apple cider (I used Martinelli's)
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- fresh cranberries, cinnamon stick, and rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)
Sugar the rim of a champagne glass by wetting the rim with a slice of orange and dipping into a some white sugar.
Add the orange juice, cranberry juice, and sparkling apple cider to your glass. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and all the garnishes. Enjoy!
See variations for alcoholic and other options above in this post!
OK, now for all the recipes you need to create an amazing vegan holiday menu!
Let's start with the appetizers. There are a LOT! Because, the appetizers are the best part, right? ?
Vegan cream cheese ball from Vegan Blueberry
Vegan sausage stuffed dates from Thyme & Love
Vegan spinach dip with kale from Plant & Vine
Holiday baked vegan cheese with guava swirl from Very Vegan Val
Now for the main dish!
The BEST vegan lasagna from This Healthy Kitchen
Smoky white bean puree from Healthy Helper as a healthy mashed potato option
Vegan brussels sprouts salad from Healthy Midwestern Girl
And, we HAVE to have dessert. Mmmm....
Peppermint candy cane chocolate shortbread cookies from Woman In Real Life
Vegan gingerbread cake from Nutriplanet
Vegan candy cane truffles from Baked By Clo
Go check out all of these amazing recipes! Hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday season!
I hope you’ll give this holiday cranberry mimosa a try! Snap a pic and give me a shout on social media #Rhubarbarians!
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