Cranberry Apple Mimosa Cocktail Drink

Cranberry Apple Mimosa

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for an exciting cocktail? Try this Cranberry Apple Mimosa recipe! It’s a drink rich in vibrant flavors, and the ingredients are straightforward to gather so you can make it without any hassle.

Cranberry Apple Mimosa Recipe

This Cranberry Apple Mimosa recipe will make your winter sparkle! It's a simple mix of champagne, cranberry juice and apple cider, garnished with apple slices.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

108 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz apple Cider
  • 4 oz Champagne, or sparkling wine
  • Apple slices, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Champagne Flute
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your champagne flute to chill the glass. Once it is chill, discard the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Pour 2 oz cranberry juice into your champagne flute.
  • Add Cider: Follow with 2 oz apple Cider.
  • Top with Champagne: Fill the rest of the flute with approx. 4 oz Champagne.
  • Garnish: Place an apple slice on the rim of the champagne flute for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice can be a great alternative if you don't have cranberry juice. It has a similar tartness and vibrant color.
  • Apple Cider: No apple cider? No problem! You can use apple juice instead. It's sweeter than cider so that it will change the flavor profile slightly, but it's still delicious.
  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: If you're out of bubbly, use club soda for a non-alcoholic version or sparkling white grape juice for a sweeter touch.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of cranberry juice, 16 oz of apple cider, and 32 oz of champagne or sparkling wine.
  • Mix: Combine the cranberry juice and apple cider in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual champagne flutes, top with champagne or sparkling wine, garnish with an apple slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Champagne Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda instead of regular champagne. These options will give you the bubbles without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular champagne, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: Not all wines are vegan, as some use animal products in the fining process. Look for a bottle that specifies it's vegan-friendly. Alternatively, club soda is a safe bet for a vegan option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan-friendly substitute instead of the regular champagne, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
108
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
202
mg
6
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
27
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
19
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Cranberry Apple Mimosa Cocktail Drink

Cranberry Apple Mimosa Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Cranberry Apple Mimosa recipe will make your winter sparkle! It's a simple mix of champagne, cranberry juice and apple cider, garnished with apple slices.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 108

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz apple Cider
  • 4 oz Champagne - or sparkling wine
  • Apple slices - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Champagne Flute
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your champagne flute to chill the glass. Once it is chill, discard the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Pour 2 oz cranberry juice into your champagne flute.
  • Add Cider: Follow with 2 oz apple Cider.
  • Top with Champagne: Fill the rest of the flute with approx. 4 oz Champagne.
  • Garnish: Place an apple slice on the rim of the champagne flute for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice can be a great alternative if you don't have cranberry juice. It has a similar tartness and vibrant color.
  • Apple Cider: No apple cider? No problem! You can use apple juice instead. It's sweeter than cider so that it will change the flavor profile slightly, but it's still delicious.
  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: If you're out of bubbly, use club soda for a non-alcoholic version or sparkling white grape juice for a sweeter touch.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of cranberry juice, 16 oz of apple cider, and 32 oz of champagne or sparkling wine.
  • Mix: Combine the cranberry juice and apple cider in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual champagne flutes, top with champagne or sparkling wine, garnish with an apple slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Champagne Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda instead of regular champagne. These options will give you the bubbles without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular champagne, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine: Not all wines are vegan, as some use animal products in the fining process. Look for a bottle that specifies it's vegan-friendly. Alternatively, club soda is a safe bet for a vegan option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan-friendly substitute instead of the regular champagne, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version.

What is a Cranberry Apple Mimosa?

A Cranberry Apple Mimosa is a champagne-based cocktail made of cranberry juice, apple cider, and sparkling wine or champagne. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires mixing these three ingredients in appropriate proportions.

The drink offers an autumnal twist on the classic Mimosa, which traditionally consists of equal parts champagne and orange juice. The tartness from the cranberries combined with sweet apple cider provides a refreshing balance that makes this variant stand out.

An exciting aspect of this cocktail is its versatility in garnishing options. While typically served in a flute glass adorned with an apple slice for aesthetics, you can also experiment by adding cinnamon sticks or star anise for added flavor and presentation flair.

A side shot of a Cranberry Apple Mimosa in a champagne flute on a wooden coaster and tray surrounded by a shaker, a bar spoon, a jigger, a green cloth and a white coaster with apple slices

What is a Cranberry Apple Mimosa made of – The ingredients

A Cranberry Apple Mimosa requires these ingredients:

  • Cranberry Juice: Adds a tart, fruity flavor that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Apple Cider: Provides a sweet, tangy base for the cocktail and complements the cranberry juice.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: Gives the Mimosa it’s signature bubbly texture and adds a sophisticated, slightly dry note.
  • Apple Slices (optional): Used as a garnish, adds visual appeal and subtly enhances the apple flavor.

Cranberry juice, apple cider, and champagne laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Cranberry Apple Mimosa?

Use our step-by-step manual to learn the process of creating a Cranberry Apple Mimosa:

1
<p>Start by filling a champagne flute with ice cubes, and then stir them with a bar spoon until the flute feels chill. Once the glass is chilled, discard the ice.</p>

Start by filling a champagne flute with ice cubes, and then stir them with a bar spoon until the flute feels chill. Once the glass is chilled, discard the ice.

2
<p>Now, pour 2 oz of cranberry juice into your flute.</p>

Now, pour 2 oz of cranberry juice into your flute.

3
<p>Add an equal amount of apple cider to the flute.</p>

Add an equal amount of apple cider to the flute.

4
<p>Top off your drink with champagne or sparkling wine. The bubbles will mix the cranberry juice and apple cider, so there's no need for a stirrer.</p>

Top off your drink with champagne or sparkling wine. The bubbles will mix the cranberry juice and apple cider, so there's no need for a stirrer.

5
<p>Finally, garnish your Mimosa with a fresh apple slice. This adds a pop of color and gives your guests something to snack on as they enjoy their drink.</p>

Finally, garnish your Mimosa with a fresh apple slice. This adds a pop of color and gives your guests something to snack on as they enjoy their drink.

History and Origin

The Cranberry Apple Mimosa cocktail is a tasty mix of cranberry juice, apple cider, and champagne. Using sparkling wine to prepare delicious fruity cocktails is something started with drinks like the classic Mimosa and the Bellini.

A bartender named Frank Meier made the first Mimosa at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in the 1920s. He used equal parts of orange juice and champagne. This light and refreshing drink quickly became a favorite for brunches and daytime parties.

Meanwhile, Giuseppe Cipriani created the Bellini in the 1940s in Venice, Italy. He mixed Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, with peach purée. The pink color of the drink reminded Cipriani of a color in a painting by Giovanni Bellini, a 15th-century Venetian artist. So, he named the drink after him.

Fast forward to recent times when bartenders started playing around with these traditional recipes. They added different fruit juices and flavors to give these cocktails a new twist. That’s how they came up with the Cranberry Apple Mimosa.

This holiday version mixes tart cranberry juice and sweet apple cider with champagne or sparkling wine. The result is a fizzy drink that perfectly balances sweet and sour. It’s trendy during fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A Cranberry Apple Mimosa cocktail, shot from above, in a champagne flute on a beige surface surrounded by cranberry juice, apple cider and champagne

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FAQ

How many calories does a Cranberry Apple Mimosa contain?
A standard serving contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
What is the strength of a Cranberry Apple Mimosa?
The strength of a cocktail is typically measured in Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and proof. The ABV is around 12%, which translates to 24 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail, perfect for casual sipping.
What type of alcohol is used in a Cranberry Apple Mimosa?
It's made with champagne or sparkling wine. The choice between the two depends on personal preference and availability.
What kind of glass should a Cranberry Apple Mimosa be served?
Traditionally, the drink is served in a champagne flute. This tall, narrow glass helps preserve the bubbles and enhances the drink's presentation.
What does a Cranberry Apple Mimosa taste like?
It offers a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. The crispness of the apple juice blends perfectly with the tangy cranberry and the effervescence of the champagne, creating a refreshing and fruity cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a cranberry-apple mimosa?
The typical ratio is one part cranberry juice, one part apple juice, and two parts champagne or sparkling wine. However, you can adjust these ratios to suit your taste.
How is a Cranberry Apple Mimosa served with ice?
The cocktail is usually served chilled without ice. Adding ice can dilute the flavors and reduce the effervescence of the champagne.
Is serving a Cranberry Apple Mimosa at any time of the year appropriate?
While it's particularly popular during fall and winter due to its festive flavors, there's no rule against enjoying it year-round. Its refreshing taste makes it suitable for any occasion.
How long does it take to prepare a Cranberry Apple Mimosa?
It takes just a few minutes to prepare the drink. Pour the juices into a champagne flute and top with champagne. It's quick, easy, and perfect for entertaining guests.

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