Who can say no to bubbles? With this easy Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail, you'll have that little special something your holiday bar menu needs to toast your friends and family.
Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail
Bubbles are great any time of year, and there is something about bubbles that put a smile on people's faces. They make an ordinary occasion special and are a simple way to make an otherwise boring drink sparkle. So this holiday season, let's kick the fun up a notch and make Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktails for everyone.
Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail
Bubbles are great at any time of year, and there is something about bubbles that put a smile on people's faces. They make an ordinary occasion special and are a simple way to make an otherwise boring drink sparkle. So this holiday season, let's kick the fun up a notch and make Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktails for everyone.
Cranberry juice is one of my favorite mixers to use in a cocktail. I love the simplicity of a Vodka Cranberry with a lime, and when I'm feeling fancy I have Kevin make me a Cranberry Gimlet.
But it's the holiday season, and that calls for bubbles.
And cranberries. Because cranberries just don't get the love that they deserve, especially when it comes to cocktails.
What do I need to make a Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail?
- Sweetened Cranberry Juice
- Orange Liqueur
- Fresh Cranberries (for garnish)
- Orange Peel (for garnish)
Cranberry and orange were kind of made for each other. The sweetness of the orange liqueur is the yin to the yang of the tart cranberry juice Top it off with your favorite prosecco, and you have mastered the Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail.
What is the difference between Triple Sec, Cointreau and Grand Marnier?
They are all orange liqueurs but all have a different flavor profile, alcohol content and price.
- Triple Sec is a drier style of orange liqueur with a lower alcohol content than Cointreau or Grand Marnier. It's versatile and adds orange flavor and sweetness without the hefty price tag. You can pick up a bottle of triple sec for anywhere from $5.99- $15.99
- Cointreau has a crisp smooth orange flavor and can be served on the rocks or mixed in cocktails. Its alcohol content is 80 proof and is about $25 a bottle.
- Grand Marnier is a mix of brandy, orange essence, and sugar. It's very smooth and drinkable but will change the flavor of a drink especially since it has the brandy in it. We love to add it to our margaritas for special occasions. But be careful, it packs some punch at 80 proof and around $30 a bottle.
What is the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
Prosecco is Italy’s version of Champagne. We love to use Prosecco in our sparkling cocktails for a few reasons:
- It’s typically less expensive than Champagne making it more cost-effective when you need to buy several bottles of sparkling wine for your guests.
- Prosecco often has a lighter, fruitier flavor than Champagne and easily mixes with ingredients like fruit juices and other liquors.
Here are some of our favorite Prosecco Cocktail recipes:
How do I garnish prosecco cocktails?
Cocktails don't need to be complicated to make them special. Attention to little details shows you care. Add a couple of fresh cranberries and a twist of orange peel for garnish, and you have the fanciest simple cocktail in town.
And that is something to celebrate.
Cheers to the season and the little things in life. We all have a lot to be thankful for.
Unsweetened cranberry juice vs. cranberry juice cocktail
You’ll notice that this recipe calls for sweetened cranberry juice and ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
Unsweetened cranberry juice means no additional sugars have been added to the juice where the sweetened varieties often combine additional fruit juices and sugars to mellow the naturally tart flavor of the cranberries (think apple, pear, and even grape juice concentrates).
Because you aren't adding any additional simple syrup, definitely seek out the sweetened cranberry juice. It helps balance out the dryness of the prosecco. If you try to use unsweetened cranberry juice, the cocktail will be too tart.
Why doesn't my drink look like the pictures?
For instance, you will notice that some of these images have drinks that are more orange in color and some that are a deeper pink. It all comes down to the cranberry juice that you buy. The drinks that are deeper in color are made with regular cranberry juice and the orange cocktails are made with organic cranberry juice. Both sweetened, both the same brand, both taste the same....delicious!
The only difference is one is organic and one is not. The choice is yours.
What do I serve with champagne cocktails?
More Cranberry Cocktails:
- Cranberry Gimlet
- Cranberry Vodka Party Punch
- Cranberry Lime Martini
- Sparkling Cranberry Gin Cocktail
- Cranberry Whiskey Sours
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
Check out all of our cocktails here.
- 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- Fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
- Orange peel for garnish (optional)
- Add cranberry juice and orange liqueur to a champagne flute.
- Top with prosecco and garnish with orange rind or fresh cranberries.
- Serve immediately.
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Serving Size:6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g