This cranberry Prosecco cocktail recipe will be the hit of your next holiday party.
How do I know?
I know because I serve it when people first walk in the door and everyone gets excited.
Then if I don’t serve this cocktail, grownups seem a bit disappointed.
Prosecco comes in many price points, and since this is a mixed drink, even on the low end, the Prosecco will make a lovely, sparkling drink!
It’s colorful, bubbly, fairly mild in flavor, and makes an excellent drink to toast with!
You can use all the garnishes that we recommend or none at all and this mixed party drink will still be a huge hit with all your 21-and-up crowd.
For Thanksgiving, we wet and sugar the rims, and for Christmas, we use frosting on the rims and roll them in a colored glitter sugar, which really looks festive.
What is a cranberry prosecco cocktail?
A Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail is an alcoholic drink made with the Italian sparkling wine called Prosecco, fresh, whole cranberries, and a few other ingredients that help make it really tasty.
It is a simple, but super popular adult beverage at our fall holiday events and parties.
This cocktail has three main ingredients. I like to add frozen cranberries and a sprig of rosemary to me.
• Unsweetened cranberry juice
• Whole, fresh or frozen cranberries, about two or three per glass
• Fresh cut rosemary sprigs, for decoration, one per glass
• White sugar or white canned frosting
About the cranberry juice
Finding cranberry juice at the grocery store turns out to be a tricky shopping trip. I see all of these juices that claim to be 100% juice but then when you read the ingredients there is still sugar or HFCS added.
You really want pure cranberry juice that is unsweetened for this recipe.
Feel free to experiment with a cranberry juice cocktail but I found it overly sweet and I didn’t enjoy the cocktail if the cranberry juice was sweetened.
It should be refreshing, with a hint of sweetness, and that’s all.
Make the virgin version
If you want to make a non-alcoholic version of this drink you can do it.
Substitute sparkling apple cider for the Prosecco.
Substitute orange juice for the Cointreau. Be sure to get no-pulp orange juice because the pulp would add an odd texture.
- 1/2 shot of Cointreau
- 1 shot of unsweetened cranberry juice
- 2 shots of Prosecco
- White sugar or white frosting (or both!)
- Frozen or fresh cranberries for garnish
- Sprig of rosemary for garnish
- With a spoon, lightly coat the outer rim of each glass with frosting. Or if you don’t have frosting, lightly wet the rim of each glass with water and then go to step 2.
- Roll the frosted or wetted rims in table sugar for a hint of sparkle and extra sweetness, or even a colored glitter sugar, like this one. .
- Add liquid ingredients to champagne flutes.
- Garnish as desired with two or three cranberries and a small sprig of rosemary to each glass.
- Serve immediately.
This is best if the Prosecco and cranberry has been chilled.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 1g
The bottom line
We have had so many kind comments about how delicious and festive these Cranberry Prosecco Cocktails turned out!
If you feel that the rosemary sprigs are wasteful, we totally understand. The drink ruins them for any further use, but they will compost nicely.
They add a pop of green to the drink, and if you snap a few sprigs with your fingers, they smell SO AMAZING.
It does add to the ambiance and cozy quality of each beverage, but you can leave them off.
Not too many people eat the cranberries themselves, but Andi does, but she loves that soup pop of each berry.
Just remember that you can really make this your own and keep costs down by leaving out the garnishes.
It’s tasty even with no garnish at all (but I do really hope you sugar the rims—YUM!)
Happy holidays, and be well, friends.