The poinsettia is an elegant cranberry-flavored Champagne cocktail that is perfect for holiday parties. There are a number of recipes that take on this name, though this is one of the easiest you'll find. The simplicity is part of the poinsettia's beauty and the flavor has universal appeal.
This poinsettia requires just three common ingredients and it mixes up quickly. You'll need a premium orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and a bottle of Champagne. Choose a wine that's on the sweet side; demi-sec is an excellent option.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with orange twist.
Serve and enjoy!
- Since there's no ice involved, it's best to chill the ingredients before mixing this drink. Place the bottles in the refrigerator for an hour or two and you'll be good to go.
- Champagne cocktails do not require the absolute best wine. This is particularly true when it's paired with a heavy flavor such as cranberry, so feel free to be a little frugal. There are many great budget-friendly Champagnes available that are perfect for cocktails.
- Sparkling wines like cava and prosecco are fantastic substitutes for Champagne, and they're often more reasonably priced.
- On the other hand, it's not necessarily wise to pinch pennies when it comes to the orange liqueur. Cointreau is the top recommendation, Combier a close second, and the brandy-based Grand Marnier gives the drink a darker profile.
Quick Party Service
Just like any other Champagne cocktail, the poinsettia is best when the wine is added just before serving. There are two ways you can make party service a breeze:
- Line up the flutes, then pour and mix the orange liqueur and cranberry juice before the party gets started. When it's time to serve, top each glass with Champagne and hand guests a fresh, sparkling drink.
- Mix the liqueur and juice in a serving pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator so it stays cold. As each guest arrives for their cocktail, pour the fruit mix then top it off with sparkling wine.
- Play down the cranberry a little if you like: Instead of equal parts, pour 2 ounces of cranberry juice and 4 ounces of Champagne.
- Make a virgin poinsettia without the alcohol: Fill a flute halfway with cranberry juice, top it with nonalcoholic sparkling grape juice, and twist an orange zest over the drink before dropping it into the glass.
- For a pomegranate poinsettia, add pomegranate liqueur and a little orange juice. Another option is to simply substitute the cranberry juice with pomegranate juice or liqueur.
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