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Poinsettia Cocktail

The Poinsettia cocktail is elegant and refreshing, and the best part of it is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients or a high budget to prepare it.

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Poinsettia cocktail recipe

Most people celebrating a special event or meeting with friends to take some drinks often go for beers, mainstream cocktails, sparkling wine, or champagne.

However, there are many options, such as the Poinsettia cocktail, that give you a different experience from the one you usually get at a local bar.

The Poinsettia drink is elegant and refreshing, and the best part of it is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients or a high budget to prepare it.

Read on to learn everything you need to make a Poinsettia drink in just a few minutes.

Cocktail with rosemary leaves


As mentioned before, you don’t need many ingredients to prepare a Poinsettia drink. More specifically, you only need three of them without counting garnish. 

Variations such as Cranberry Mimosa include other ingredients, but today, we’ll focus on the base version of the Poinsettia.

Tips You Should Follow When Making a Poinsettia Cocktail

Although you already know the steps to make the perfect Poinsettia drink, there are some tips you can follow to make sure you don’t make any mistakes along the process. These tips can also help you when getting the ingredients for the cocktail, so here they are:

Don’t Use Cranberry Juice Cocktail

It’s easy to get confused when buying cranberry juice for the cocktail since cranberry champagne cocktail bottles look similar to them. However, the latter is not a proper replacement for cranberry juice since it’s one of the most important parts of the drink.

However, you can replace this juice with other things, such as fruit juice. Doing that gives this cocktail a taste similar to the famous Cranberry Mimosa.

Using a cranberry champagne cocktail bottle instead of cranberry juice will make the cocktail sweeter than it should be, which takes away its characteristic refreshing and crisp taste. When you add cranberry juice, make sure its label says that instead of champagne or any other ingredient.

Cool Your Ingredients

Poinsettia doesn’t need ice and adding it can make it taste different. However, you should cool the cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and champagne in a freezer for one or two hours before preparing the drink.

Buy Budget-Friendly Champagne

As mentioned in this article, cranberry juice is what gives Poinsettia the taste we all love, so buying budget-friendly champagne for the drink won’t make that much of a difference. The same happens if you change the champagne to sparkling wine.

Get High-Quality Orange Liqueur

Unlike what happens with champagne, you do need high-quality orange liqueur to make this drink taste well, so don’t try to save money by getting a cheap version of it.

Use Orange Juice for a Non-Alcoholic Version of the Cocktail

If you don’t like drinking alcohol and prefer getting a non-alcoholic Poinsettia drink, you can change the champagne to orange juice, sparkling apple cider, or ginger ale. Ginger ale can also be used to make this fun and healthy Transfusion Drink. However, orange juice is the best substitution for champagne among the three.

People looking forward to trying other variations can replace the 100% cranberry juice they bought with pomegranate juice to make a pomegranate cocktail or go for a variation like the Cranberry Mimosa. You can also use cranberry juice as a variation on the Pink Whitney Drink Recipe.

Red cocktail with lime

When Should I Make Poinsettia Cocktails?

Poinsettia cocktails are perfect for events with cool weather, such as winter holiday parties or brunches.

Are Poinsettia Cocktails Light Drinks?

Yes, so you can drink some of them without getting drunk. This champagne cocktail is ideal to start a celebration since it’s a light drink in the middle of beers and wine.

Red holiday cocktail on table

Bottom Line

Whether you use sparkling wine, champagne, leftover cranberry juice, or any ingredient you want to make to this champagne cocktail, Poinsettia is one of the best drinks you can take on the holidays, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to try it.

We know cocktails such as the Poinsettia look too fancy and expensive, but the truth is they are right within your reach.

Yield: 1 serving

Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail

The Poinsettia cocktail is elegant and refreshing, and the best part of it is that you don't need a lot of ingredients or a high budget to prepare it.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 3 oz. orange liqueur
  • 3 oz. 100% cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. champagne
  • Fresh cranberries (garnish)
  • Fresh rosemary sprig (garnish)


  1. Pour the cranberry juice into a champagne flute.
  2. You can't mix the order in which you pour the ingredients into the champagne flute, so make sure to add the orange liqueur right after the cranberry juice. Stir the drink after that.
  3. Top off the drink with the champagne or a sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with a few fresh cranberries and rosemary spring!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 35gProtein: 1g

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