Beverages

November 22, 2021

Poinsettia Mimosa

Poinsettia Mimosa

There's something so special about drinking champagne and cocktails that include it. I'm sure you're the same way that when you think of champagne you think of it as an accompaniment to a special occasion and the same can be said about the holidays. For our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, we have to have a sparkling wine at the table! No question about it.

We are specially loving this Poinsettia Mimosa that can be enjoyed at any time of the day and has just the right balance between sweet and sour from the cranberries, orange and cinnamon. The star of the show? A spiced cranberry-orange simple syrup that take it up a notch from just a regular mimosa.

What is a Poinsettia Mimosa?

In short words, it's the perfect cocktail for the Holidays! This drink is basically the holiday version of a regular Orange Juice Mimosa. It gets its name from is bright, red color that reflects that of the famous poinsettia flower and is made with cranberry juice instead.

Ingredients for this Holiday-Inspired Drink

  • Champagne: While this mimosa is traditionally made with champagne, you could use other sparkling wines such as Cava or Prosecco. Just make sure that whatever you choose is extra-dry or brut. That will ensure that the cocktail doesn't get too on the sweet side.
  • Ginger Liqueur: The ginger liqueur adds a nice, subtle spice to the mimosa and balances the sweetness as well. And well, who doesn't love an extra spiked?
  • Cranberry Juice: What makes this mimosa a poinsettia one! Adding cranberry juice instead of orange juice is key here.
  • Spiced Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup: We like to add a little bit of this homemade simple syrup because of the fall flavors. It includes cinnamon, cloves, sugar and dried cranberries. It also adds depth to the drink.
  • Oranges: Not only are you using the oranges for the simple syrup but we love to garnish it with the orange zest!

Nothing says holidays like this poinsettia mimosa! We hope you enjoy it.

Cheers!

Poinsettia Mimosa

Author:

Alejandra Diaz del Valle

Prep:

10

min

cook:

5

min

total:

10

min

serves:

1

Ingredients

For the Spiced Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup:

  • The zest and juice of 1 Orange
  • 1 each cinnamon stick
  • 2 each whole cloves
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries

To Complete

  • ½ ounce Spiced Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup
  • ½  ounce ginger liqueur
  • 3 ounces champagne
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • To Garnish: Rehydrated cranberries from the syrup + fresh orange zest

Instructions

For the Spiced Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup:

  1. Using a peeler, peel the zest from the orange. Ensure that you do not peel too deeply. You only want the zest, not the bitter white pith. Set the zest aside.
  2. Cut the orange in half and juice it into a small sauce pot. Discard the remaining bits of orange.
  3. Into that same sauce pot, add the water and sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Heat the mixture on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to simmer.
  5. Once simmering, carefully add the orange zest to the pot and gently stir to submerge. Cook the zest in the liquid for 1 minute at a medium heat so that the liquid is simmering but not at a rapid boil.
  6. After 1 minute, turn off the heat and add the whole cloves, the cinnamon stick and the dried cranberries. Allow everything to sit in the liquid for at least 15 minutes to finish softening and infusing the flavors.
  7. After 15 minutes, chill the syrup. Remove the cloves and cinnamon stick before using. Use the rehydrated cranberries and orange zest as a garnish.

To Complete:

  1. Pour the cranberry juice, the ginger liqueur and the Spiced Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup into a champagne flute and gently swirl to combine.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with the rehydrated cranberries and fresh orange zest.

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