Make your champagne toast even more special over the holidays with a Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail which includes cranberry juice, orange liqueur and your favorite bubbly!
Wasn’t it just Christmas, like yesterday? Just when we need to take a breath from all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday, New Year’s is fast upon us. Me especially…I’m still delivering plates of Christmas goodies to neighbors!
That being said; it’s why I like simple cocktails for my New Year celebration; nothing too elaborate that requires a lot of planning or shopping, that’s for sure. This Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail fits that bill perfectly.
This one is simple, beautiful and tasty. Cranberry juice and Grand Marnier are combined with a sparkling wine (or even sparkling cider for those passing on alcohol) for a beautiful fizzy libation.
Easy. Gorgeous. Good. You might notice some pomegranate arils? Well, I had pomegranate cranberry juice that I used in lieu of the cranberry juice specified in the recipe as well as some pom arils on hand, so this happened. I love those little things but for this cocktail they really are optional!
The recipe also calls for garnishing the rims with cake decorating sugar as I had done for the cocktail when I first made it. They are beautiful but OMG I was out! They really do add a festive, sparkly look but clearly this cocktail can also survive without them so I’ve called them optional.
If you’re not familiar with them, they truly are a favorite of mine to use for rimming and a good garnish to have on hand.
If you’ve happened on this page from a pin on Pinterest and wonder if you’re in the right place…why yes you are. I’m lucky an old photo has been pinned so many times.
I’m unlucky that somehow someone blew it up before pinning it and I grimace each time I see it. Not a particularly great photo in the first place (I can tell you now that if they’re 4-5 years old…they are on the ‘redo’ list!) but when you can almost see the individual pixels it’s even worse.
Just a great reminder that it needed a trip to the spa; such a great cocktail should not look so shabby!
When I first published this cocktail, I included a wish that I would be in my new home by New Year’s Day. Only by the skin of my teeth; moving in on New Year’s Eve day in 2013.
How could that have been 4 years ago? Now I’m firmly ensconced and in keeping with a tradition I started, my neighbors and I will be celebrating NYE at 4pm in Colorado; that’s midnight in France!
Parents, kids…all are welcome so let me know if you’re coming too and I’ll make one for you!
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!
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PIN IT! ‘Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail’
Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
- 1 well-chilled 750ML bottles champagne prosecco or sparkling cider
- 1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice or to taste
- 3 Tbsp Grand Marnier
- Orange twists
- Cake Decorating Sugar for rimming Optional
- Pomegranate Arils Optional
- If garnishing with cake decorating sugar, dip the edge of each glass into cranberry juice and then dip the glass into sugar. I like to use larger cake decorating crystals when doing something for the holidays...it's so sparkly and pretty.
- In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and pour into champagne flutes.
- Garnish each glass with an orange twist.