Poinsettia Recipe: A Champagne and Cranberry Cocktail

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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The poinsettia is an elegant cranberry and Champagne cocktail that is perfect for holiday parties. There are a number of recipes that take on this name, though this is one of the easiest you will find.

This poinsettia requires just three common ingredients and it mixes up quickly. There's no fuss or special technique and in just a minute or so, a great drink will be ready for your guests to enjoy. The simplicity is part of its beauty and the flavor is one that has universal appeal. It is, quite simply, an excellent option for celebrations of any size.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 ounce ​orange liqueur (Cointreau or triple sec)
  • 3 ounces ​cranberry juice
  • 3​ ounces Champagne

How to Make It

Since there is no ice involved in making the poinsettia, you'll want to chill the ingredients before mixing the drink. Place the bottles in the refrigerator for an hour or two before the party and you'll be good to go.

  1. Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Top with Champagne.

Make Service Easier

The Poinsettia is just like any other Champagne cocktail and it is best when the wine is added just before serving.

There are two tricks you can use to make service a breeze.

  • Line up the flutes, then pour and mix the orange liqueur and cranberry juice before the party gets started. When it's time to serve, top each glass with Champagne and hand your guests a fresh, sparkling drink.
  • Pre-mix the liqueur and juice in a serving pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator so it stays cold. As each guest arrives for their cocktail, pour the fruit mix then top it off with fresh bubbly.

Buying Tips

Champagne cocktails do not require the absolute best wine. This is particularly true when its paired with a heavy flavor such as cranberry, so feel free to be a little frugal. There are many great budget-friendly Champagnes available that are perfect for cocktails. 

Don't forget about other sparkling wines, either. Champagne is not your only option and wines like Cava, Prosecco, and Moscato d'Asti are fantastic substitutes in any cocktail. In fact, if you're looking to cut your costs, you'll often find that an Italian Prosecco is one of the best ways to go.

On the other hand, it's not necessarily wise to be a cheapskate when it comes to the orange liqueur. Cointreau would be the top recommendation and Combier a close second, though there are other nice options available.

This is not the time to buy one of those bottom-shelf bottles of triple sec. They are often like drinking syrup and can really bring down the quality of the drink. Since you'll only be pouring 1/2 ounce per drink, the premium options are not going to cost much in the long run.

Do yourself and your guests a favor and save money on the juice and wine while splurging on the liqueur.

How Strong Is the Poinsettia?

It's nice to know how your cocktails stand up when it comes to the alcohol content. This is particularly true when it comes to party drinks because you don't want guests getting tipsy during the festivities. The great news is that the poinsettia is a rather mild cocktail.

For example, let's assume that the sparkling wine is 11.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and that you'll pick up Cointreau, which is 40 percent ABV (80 proof). This would make the poinsettia ​around 8 percent ABV (16 proof), which is lighter than if you were serving the wine straight. The low alcohol content is due to the heavy pour of juice, so you can feel good about serving this one.​