Celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with this refreshing poinsettia cocktail recipe.
A poinsettia is a cranberry champagne cocktail akin to a mimosa. It's bright and a tart with a sweet undertone of orange courtesy of the Cointreau. It makes a tasty way to ring in the New Year or to serve at celebrations all year long.
Some of my favourite variations of this cocktail include swapping the cranberry juice for pomegranate juice, or if you prefer something sweeter, raspberry juice.
The poinsettia is traditionally garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and the berry of the juice you've used. So, fresh cranberries, pomegranate seeds (arils), or whole fresh raspberries. I like to take the extra step to ring the glass with sugar or sweetener.
This can be made alcohol free, and if you are expecting a large group, you can make the mix ahead of time (see the tips below).
TIP: To make an alcohol-free version of this cocktail, use non-alcoholic sparkling wine and orange juice instead of Cointreau and champagne.
TIP: One bottle of champagne will make about 8 servings. To prepare ahead of the celebration, multiply the Cointreau and cranberry juice by 8 and pre-mix. Keep it chilled in the refrigerator until it's time to pop the cork.
TIP: If you keep all the ingredients in the refrigerator for several hours before serving, you won't need the cocktail shaker.
(Makes 1 serving)
1/8 cup Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened
1/2 cup champagne
1 rosemary sprig
4 or 5 cranberries, whole
In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Cointreau and cranberry juice. Shake for 10 seconds.
Strain into a champagne flute, add champagne then garnish and serve.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 185 | total fat = 0.08g | saturated fat = 0g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 7.46mg | carbohydrates = 16.51g | dietary fibre = 0.07g | sugars = 14.57g | protein = 0.23g