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This refreshing, bubbly Poinsettia Cocktail is the perfect addition to any holiday party.

Poinsettia Cocktail

Let the holiday festivities begin! I’ve always loved the idea of serving a ‘signature’ cocktail at all of our holiday parties, and this easy, refreshing Poinsettia Cocktail is the perfect choice for any of your Christmas gatherings with friends and family.

A Poinsettia Cocktail is simply cranberry juice, orange liquor (such as triple sec) and champagne or prosecco – garnished with a twist of orange peel.


Poinsettia Cocktail

In addition to being so pretty and festive – this Poinsettia Cocktail is a great option for mixing up in a pitcher. You’ll pour the cranberry juice and orange liquor into a pitcher, along with a little bit of champagne and stir gently to combine.

Next, fill a champagne glass about halfway with the juice-liquor mixture and top with more champagne so it’s extra bubbly. Then add a strip of orange peel for garnish if you’d like.

Poinsettia Cocktail

Your guests can help themselves to their Poinsettia Cocktail refills, and you can enjoy the party too instead of playing bartender all night. Cheers!


Poinsettia Cocktail

A last few notes: You can use either champagne or prosecco in this Poinsettia Cocktail. Champagne tends to be a little sweeter than prosecco – so the choice is totally yours. We also used triple sec (Cointreau is a popular brand of triple sec) but Grand Marnier would also be delicious.

Finally, if you want to make a non-alcoholic version, you can mix together cranberry juice, orange juice and sparkling or tonic water.

You may enjoy these other Signature Cocktail ideas:

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Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: cocktail
  • Method: mixology
  • Cuisine: American


2 fresh oranges, for garnish

20 ounces cranberry juice, chilled

4 ounces triple sec or Cointreau, chilled

1 750 ml bottle chilled champagne or prosecco


With a sharp paring knife or this channel knife gadget, cut 8 to 10 strips of orange peel into strands about 4 inches long. Place strands on a plate, then cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve your cocktail.

In a pitcher, combine cranberry juice and triple sec.

Pour in half the bottle of champagne. Stir gently just to mix.

Divide the cranberry juice mixture among 8 to 10 champagne glasses. Top off with remaining champagne, and a strand of orange peel for garnish.

Serve immediately. Cheers!

Keywords: Poinsettia Cocktail, cranberry mimosa


Poinsettia Cocktail

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  • Sissy Davis wrote:

    How large of a pitcher are you using? Thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Sissy – That pitcher in the photos holds about 6 cups.

  • Theresa Migliorino wrote:

    I plan to make this for Christmas. ONE QUESTION. Does it use unsweetened pure cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail???

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Theresa – Either will work depending on how sweet you like your cocktails. We used the 100% pure cranberry juice that is unsweetened. I like it as written, but my husband likes it a little sweeter so sometimes adds more of the triple sec to sweeten it up a bit. (Using the sweetened cranberry juice would be an option too.) Hope that helps!

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