Looking for a signature cocktail for a holiday party? Embrace the spirit of the holidays with this enchanting poinsettia drink. Infused with the essence of Christmas, it’s a delightful treat for any festive gathering.

The holiday season is upon us, and there’s nothing quite like the joy of hosting a festive gathering for friends and family. Am I right?

Whether it’s a cozy get-together or a lively soirée, adding a signature drink to your holiday party can elevate the merry atmosphere.

And what better way to capture the essence of Christmas in a glass than with the enchanting Poinsettia Drink recipe?

Sure eggnog is a go-to recipe for many holiday parties, but there’s a bit of elegance to serving a signature Christmas cocktail like the poinsettia drink.

Wait until you see how simple this champagne and cranberry juice cocktail is easy to make and tastes unbelievably festive!

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What is a Poinsettia Drink Anyway?

Originating from the vibrant red petals of the iconic poinsettia flower, this cocktail shares an amazing blend of flavors that embodies the spirit of the season. Its crimson hue is reminiscent of holiday warmth and cheer. So the poinsettia drink is the perfect addition to your holiday party repertoire.

We made a poinsettia cocktail last year for Christmas Eve that accompanied our stovetop clambake. It was so fun to hand them off to guests as they arrived and entered our home.

What I love about this poinsettia drink recipe is it is super easy to make, tastes like Christmas in a champagne glass, and looks so festive to boot! Wait until you try this one!

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Crafting the Perfect Poinsettia Drink

Making a festive poinsettia cocktail couldn’t be easier. And really, who doesn’t want a recipe like that this time of year with the hustle and bustle of the season? With a few ingredients, this Christmas champagne cocktail takes just minutes to whip up.

Poinsettia Cocktail Ingredients

Here is what you need to make the perfect poinsettia drink.

  • Cranberry Cocktail or Cranberry Juice: Start with a base of tangy cranberry juice or cocktail. The juice symbolizes the tartness of winter berries and the joyous colors of the holiday season.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: Add effervescence and a touch of elegance with sparkling champagne or prosecco.
  • Triple Sec or Cointreau: For a depth of flavor and a hint of citrus sweetness, add a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau.
  • Fresh Cranberries, Orange Peels, or Rosemary (Garnish): Complete the presentation with a garnish of fresh cranberries, orange peels and/or a sprig of rosemary for that festive final touch.
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How to Make the Perfect Poinsettia Drink Recipe

Now that we have our ingredients, let’s whip up this refreshing Christmas cocktail.

  1. Fill a champagne flute about a third of the way with chilled cranberry cocktail or cranberry juice.
  2. Add a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau to infuse the drink with a citrusy sweetness.
  3. Top off the glass with chilled champagne or prosecco.
  4. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a few floating cranberries or a festive sprig of rosemary.
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The Magic of the Poinsettia Drink

But the magic happens when you take that first sip! Because it’s a harmonious blend of flavors that will dance on your palate. When the tartness of the cranberry juice melds with the champagne and Triple Sec, it creates a symphony of flavors that invoke the festive spirit of the holidays.

Oh and that vibrant red color mirrors the iconic hue of the red poinsettia, a traditional Christmas flower that is a symbol of joy, celebration, and good cheer. I mean, the drink’s visual appeal is as beautiful and inviting as its taste! Which makes it the perfect addition to your holiday party this season.

As a host, the ease of preparation allows you to spend more time with your loved ones and less time behind the bar mixing drinks. And because it’s super simple to make, you can even involve guests in the preparation. So creating this signature drink becomes more of an interactive experience.

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Poinsettia Drink FAQs

Can you substitute cranberry juice for cranberry cocktail?

This sparkling beverage is typically made with cranberry juice, sparkling wine, and a splash of lime juice. But one question often arises: should you use cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail?

There are pros and cons to both options, and the best choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide which to use when making this classic Christmas cocktail.

Cranberry Juice

Pure cranberry juice is made from crushed cranberries, often diluted with water and occasionally sweetened with sugar or other fruit juices. It’s known for its tartness and intense flavor. However, this version tends to be more natural, with fewer additives.

Cranberry Cocktail

On the other hand, cranberry cocktail is a blend of cranberry juice with other fruit juices like apple or grape. It’s often sweetened with added sugars, making it slightly sweeter and less tart than pure cranberry juice. The cocktail version might have a milder cranberry taste due to the dilution with other fruit juices.

Choosing between the two for your poinsettia drink can depend on personal preference and the overall flavor profile you want to achieve:

  1. Tartness vs. Sweetness: If you prefer a more tart and intense cranberry flavor in your drink, go for pure cranberry juice. However, if you’re looking for a sweeter and more mellow taste, cranberry cocktail might be the better option.
  2. Versatility: Cranberry cocktail, with its added sweetness and blend of juices, can sometimes be more versatile in mixed drinks, offering a balanced flavor that might complement other ingredients in your poinsettia recipe.
  3. Ingredients: Consider the ingredients in both options. Pure cranberry juice might be a healthier choice due to fewer additives, while cranberry cocktail could have a more rounded taste but potentially more added sugars.

For a classic poinsettia drink, the choice might lean toward pure cranberry juice as it tends to bring out a more distinct cranberry flavor, adding a zesty kick to the cocktail. However, if you’re aiming for a sweeter and more approachable taste, the cranberry cocktail might be the way to go.

I like using cranberry juice cocktail to make this Christmas drink but feel free to experiment and see which you prefer.

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How do you make a larger batch of this Poinsettia Drink recipe?

If you want to make a larger batch of this festive Christmas cocktail instead of making each individual drink, you absolutely can! Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients for a Batch:

  • 6 cups Cranberry Juice or Cocktail: Use chilled cranberry juice as the base.
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Champagne or Prosecco: Ensure it’s well-chilled.
  • 1 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau: Adjust according to taste preference.
  • Fresh Cranberries or Rosemary (Garnish): For a festive touch.

Instructions:

  • In a large punch bowl, pour in the chilled cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail.
  • Add the Triple Sec or Cointreau to the cranberry juice and stir gently to combine.
  • Slowly pour in the well-chilled champagne or prosecco, stirring gently as you pour to maintain the effervescence.
  • Adjust the taste by adding more Triple Sec/Cointreau or cranberry juice if desired.
  • Add a handful of fresh cranberries to the punch bowl for a decorative touch. Alternatively, place a few sprigs of rosemary on the surface for a festive garnish.
  • Serve the Poinsettia Drink in individual glasses, ensuring each serving includes a mix of the flavors from the punch bowl.
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Tips:

  • Chill Ingredients: Ensure all ingredients are adequately chilled beforehand to maintain the freshness and effervescence of the drink.
  • Taste Testing: Before serving, do a quick taste test to ensure the flavors are balanced. You can always adjust by adding more cranberry juice or Triple Sec/Cointreau based on your preferences.
  • Ice Consideration: If desired, you can add ice to the punch bowl to keep the drink cool. Consider using larger ice cubes or an ice ring to avoid excessive dilution.

Presentation:

For an added touch of elegance, consider decorating the punch bowl table with additional festive elements like twinkling lights, evergreen sprigs, or even floating cranberries in the punch bowl itself.

Conclusion

As you prepare your Christmas party food menus, consider adding the Poinsettia Drink to your menu. Its festive charm and blend of flavors will undoubtedly make it a star attraction at your holiday party. It’s such a crowd pleaser and will leave a lasting impression that evokes the true spirit of Christmas in every sparkling sip.

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poinsettia drink at christmas - an easy christmas cocktail

Poinsettia Drink: A Taste of Christmas in Every Sip

Stacy Ling
Looking for a signature cocktail for a holiday party? Embrace the spirit of the holidays with this enchanting poinsettia drink. Infused with the essence of Christmas, it's a delightful treat for any festive gathering.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 153 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Fill a champagne flute about a third of the way with chilled cranberry juice.
    ingredients to make poinsettia drink
  • Add a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau to infuse the drink with a citrusy sweetness.
    adding triple sec to make a poinsettia drink
  • Top off the glass with chilled champagne or prosecco, allowing the effervescence to blend the flavors together.
    adding champagne to make the perfect poinsettia drink
  • Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish with a few floating cranberries or a festive sprig of rosemary.
    adding cranberries to garnish the classic christmas cocktail: a poinsettia drink

Notes

*To make this recipe in a pitcher or punch bowl, add bottle of cranberry juice, bottle of champagne and 8 oz triple sec.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.4mg
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  1. Looks delicious and just what I’ve been looking for! Is it bad that I’m researching cocktails at 7:30 am on a Monday?… Pinned!
    Cheers! – Shelley