The Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is an easy Champagne cocktail that adds orange liquor and cranberries for a festive and delicious drink.

This easy Champagne cocktail adds orange liquor and cranberries for a festive and delicious drink.

We’re continuing to teach you how to make fabulous Champagne cocktails with only nine simple ingredients on hand. This next one is called the Poinsettia and I think it looks especially festive with the frozen cranberries floating in it.

What Champagne Should I Use?

When making champagne cocktails, there is no need to use real champagne. It can be pretty expensive. You can totally go ahead and use a nice Prosecco (the Italian version of champagne), Cava (the Spanish version of champagne), or a nice dry (look for the word Brut on the bottle) bottle of sparkling wine from California or Australia.

The best thing you can do is to go now and pick up a bottle of what you’re thinking of using. Chill it down really well. And then this evening open it up and sample it. If you like drinking it on its own, you will like it in the cocktails.

Making the Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

To make this drink you need to muddle up cranberries that were frozen but have been defrosted. Why is freezing important? It seems to make it easier to get out the juice. So freeze the cranberries (just stick the whole bag in the freezer) and then take out some (but not all) to defrost in a bowl of warm water.

Once they’re defrosted, drain them and use them within 1 day. Note that the recipe also uses cranberries that are STILL frozen as a garnish and to keep the drink cold. So make sure you keep some cranberries in the freezer for their chill factor.

Other than the cranberries, all you need is the sparkling wine you’ve chosen and an orange liquor!

 

Learn how to make The Poinsettia…

 

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The Poinsettia – Cranberry Orange Champagne Cocktail


  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

Description

To make this drink you need to muddle up cranberries that were frozen but have been defrosted. Why is freezing important? It seems to make it easier to get out the juice. So freeze the cranberries (just stick the whole bag in the freezer) and then take out some to defrost in a bowl of warm water. Once they’re defrosted, drain them and use them within 1 day. Note that the recipe also uses cranberries that are STILL frozen as a garnish and to keep the drink cold. So make sure you keep some cranberries in the freezer for their chill factor.


Ingredients

  • 10 frozen cranberries that have been defrosted
  • 1 oz. of orange liqueur (like Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec)
  • ½ cup of dry sparkling wine
  • 6 or 7 frozen cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the defrosted cranberries and orange liqueur. Muddle them to mush up the cranberries a bit. (Note that you can do this with a mortar and pestle if you don’t have a cocktail shaker and muddler).
  2. Strain the orange liqueur into a martini glass (use a fine mesh sieve if you don’t want tiny cranberry seeds in your drink. If you don’t mind the seeds, then use whatever strainer you’d like).
  3. Top the glass up with the sparkling wine. Drop in the frozen cranberries (these look pretty and help keep the drink nice and cold). Drink!
This post originally appeared in December 2012 and was revised and republished in December 2020.
The Poinsettia

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  4. Sam P. says:

    What a pretty drink!

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  6. JulieD says:

    This looks great, Christine!! Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas!!

    I prefer my cocktails sweet and fruity!! :)

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  8. Veronica says:

    What an easy way to make a fun New Year’s Party. I’m not sure what we’re doing yet but now I want to invite people over so I have an excuse to make these.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Veronica! If you do end up making the cocktails, let me know. I’d love to hear how you and your friends liked them and how they added to the fun of your party.

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