Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

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Celebrate the season with a holiday-inspired recipe for a Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail in Champagne flute with orange twist and fresh cranberries and pastries in the background

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I love a bubbly cocktail, and this recipe for a Cranberry Champagne Cocktail tastes refreshing, looks festive and is easy to whip up. Win, win and win!

Saucepan containing fresh cranberries, sugar, Grand Marnier and orange zest

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Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Toast to the holiday season with this festive recipe for a Cranberry Champagne Cocktail starring fresh cranberries and orange zest.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 2 votes
Cranberry Champagne Cocktail in Champagne flute with orange twist and fresh cranberries and pastries in the background
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 cocktails


  • 1 (12-oz.) bag cranberries 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 medium orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 (750-ml.) bottle dry champagne or sparkling wine


Chill Champagne and make cranberry syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice and zest, Grand Marnier and 1 cup water. 
  • Bring the mixture to simmer and cook it until the cranberries burst and soften, about 15 minutes. 
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Place a sieve over a bowl then pour the mixture through the sieve. Discard the solids then cover and refrigerate the syrup for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight.
  • When ready to serve, add 2 tablespoons cranberry syrup to a Champagne flute and top it with chilled champagne. Serve immediately. 
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Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 148mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 62IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg


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  1. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious. But why discard the solids? I think that would make a lovely preserve on top of cream cheese and bagels or any type of scones or muffins or as a topping over ice cream. Considering that’s a whole bag of cranberries, it would be a shame to waste.