Mimosa with a twist: A White Christmas mimosa is a sweet and easy drink made with only two ingredients. It adds a quick sophisticated touch to any holiday meal or to enjoy with holiday brunch!
White Christmas Mimosa Recipe
This Christmas mimosa is by far one of the tastiest drinks out there…and it’s one of the easiest too!
All you need are two simple ingredients!
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, and to share a relaxing meal together. This white Christmas mimosa recipe adds a touch of winter holiday to your Christmas party drinks menu. But it’s also great for New Year’s Eve and other parties.
This easy and festive sparkling holiday cocktail is my new favorite! It’s perfect to serve with your meal, or as an accompaniment to dessert. I think it would also be fabulous to enjoy when you’re ringing in the new year! (Straight sparkling wine gives me a headache, so this would let me enjoy something fizzy and still feel ok!)
Where Does the Name Come From?
Mimosas are a drink made by combining sparkling wine and juice, typically orange juice. Over the years, Christmas Mimosas have become a popular holiday drink. Instead of orange juice, Christmas Mimosas use cranberry juice, for a festive holiday colored drink.
For our White Christmas Mimosas we used white cranberry juice in place of the traditional red cranberry juice.
What is the Difference Between White Cranberry Juice and Red Cranberry Juice?
The difference between white and red cranberry juice is similar to the difference between white wine and red wine.
White cranberries are less tart than their red counterparts, so there is a milder flavor to white cranberry juice. This makes white cranberry juice an ideal mixer for those who aren’t fans of the sour flavor of red cranberry juice.
Another difference that is obvious at just a glance is the color. White cranberries contain less anthocyanin than red cranberries — anthocyanin is a flavonoid that gives the berries their distinctive color and antioxidant properties.
White Christmas Mimosa Ingredients
- White sparkling wine — Champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.
- White grape juice
- Fresh cranberries — Optional garnish
- Rosemary Sprig — Optional garnish
There are no exact measurements for this drink, which means you can’t “mess up” when making it!
Pour the juice into your champagne flute first. Then you’ll top with the sparkling wine. You can give a quick stir to mix, but don’t shake or stir vigorously.
What about amounts?
A good starting point is a ratio of 1:1 juice to sparkling wine. The average champagne flute holds about 6 ounces of liquid, so this would mean 3 ounces of juice and 3 ounces of wine.
If you like the taste of the bubbly, use a ratio of 1 parts juice to 2 parts sparkling wine. If you’re looking for a fruitier taste or a mellower vibe at your meal, use a ratio of 2 parts juice to 1 part wine. Or anything in between that suits you.
Some people don’t know this about me (because I seem like a pretty boring mom nowadays) but I was a bartender for almost 10 years. A lot of my drink-making was done on the fly…just mixing what tasted good!
- Want a little sweeter drink? Mix in a Tablespoon of simple syrup to your pitcher of juice. You can also sugar the rim of your champagne flute (like you would a margarita glass, but using sugar instead of salt).
- This is not a drink that you’ll want to mix ahead of time, as the sparkling wine will lose its effervescence the longer it sits. I recommend pouring right before you’ll be enjoying the drink.
- If serving a group, say at the holiday table, you may want to keep a carafe of juice on ice and keep the bottle of sparkling wine on ice. That way they are both chilled, but handy when you need them (instead of in the fridge away from the table).
- Do not add ice to the drink, as this will water it down.
- Unlike many cocktail recipes, you do NOT want to use a cocktail shaker to chill this drink. Shaking sparkling wine is a recipe for a a big mess when it bursts out of your shaker.
- You can add festive holiday garnishes to this drink to really make it your own! Try sugared cranberries or sprigs of fresh rosemary.
More Christmas Cocktail Recipes
- Christmas Cranberry Margaritas
- Jack Frost Cocktail
- Grinch Christmas Jello Shots
- Tipsy Peppermint Mocha Cocktail
- Christmas Cranberry Vodka Spritzer
- Tipsy Santa Shooters (2 ingredient layered shot)
- Candy Cane Jello Shots
White Cranberry Mimosa Recipe (printable copy)
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White Christmas Mimosa Recipe
- 3 oz White sparkling wine Champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.
- 3 oz White grape juice
- Fresh cranberries optional
- Pour chilled juice into champagne flute, filling the glass about halfway.
- Top with sparkling wine immediately before serving.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries.
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