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Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

This vanilla cranberry mimosa recipe is perfect for winter brunches, Christmas, and holiday and New Year’s Eve parties! This cocktail recipe only requires 3 ingredients and is very easy to make.

picture of 4 vanilla cranberry mimosas

Do your plans for the holidays include any parties? Because I have found the perfect winter party cocktail!

I think every year I host some kind of holiday gathering. Whether it’s for book club or my family, I love any excuse to have guests over. Thankfully, the holidays give you many reasons to invite over your friends and family.

I also love making fun cocktails specifically for my gatherings. Sure, I could just open up some wine and leave it at that but I think it’s so much more fun to create a signature cocktail.

This year one of my signature cocktails is this fun and festive vanilla cranberry mimosa, made with sparkling wine.

pouring cranberry juice and vanilla vodka into champagne flutes
pouring champagne into flutes

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Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

This super fun and easy cocktail consists of one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations – vanilla and cranberry. I often will order a cranberry and vanilla vodka when I am out on the town with my friends and that was the inspiration for this drink.

To prepare this easy winter drink, I like to use a cocktail shaker to chill the vanilla vodka and cranberry juice. If you don’t have one, no worries – just refrigerate all of your ingredients beforehand.

bottles of sparkling wine

This cranberry mimosa is perfect if you’re looking for holiday drinks with vodka. Cranberry cocktails are fun year-round but they are especially great for Christmas.

Also, if you have a bottle of vanilla vodka laying around this is going to be your new go-to vanilla vodka cocktail.

Can this cocktail be made into a punch recipe?

Vanilla cranberry mimosas can easily be made into a holiday punch. All you have to do is multiply the cranberry juice and vanilla vodka by 6 and use an entire bottle of sparkling wine. From there, double or triple as necessary!

photo of vanilla cranberry mimosas garnished with vanilla beans

What sparkling wine should I use?

You can use champagne, prosecco, or cava in this drink. This guide to finding great sparkling wines that aren’t champagne is fantastic. I often use cava for sparkling wine cocktails because it is a little cheaper and just as delicious as champagne.

What Tools Do I Need?

You don’t need fancy tools for this recipe – just a cocktail shaker and some glasses. And if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, don’t fret.

A spoon works well too. (Stirred, not shaken!)

picture of vanilla cranberry mimosas

What type of glass should a mimosa be served in?

Speaking of glasses, you may be wondering what you should serve a vanilla cranberry mimosa in.

Champagne flutes are the go-to glass for mimosas. If you’re serving this cocktail at a party, you may want to consider getting plastic stemless flutes. There are a lot of really pretty options out there.

Another option is a wine glass. Again, I would recommend a plastic stemless glass for a party.

And if you’re in a pinch and you really want a cranberry mimosa, any old glass will do. Don’t forget – it’s your party.

holding a single champagne flute filled with a vanilla cranberry mimosa

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Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This vanilla cranberry mimosa recipe is perfect for winter brunches, Christmas, and holiday and New Year's Eve parties! This cocktail recipe only requires 3 ingredients and is very easy to make.


  • 1 1/2 ounces of vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of cranberry juice
  • sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco, cava)

Optional Garnishes

  • fresh cranberries
  • whole vanilla beans


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vanilla vodka, cranberry juice and ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a champagne flute. Fill the glass to the top with sparkling wine. Garnish if desired.


Garnish if desired with cranberries and whole vanilla beans.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g
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Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Well this sounds fabulous, and a nice change from orange juice mimosas! Plus a little vanilla vodka, something I need to add to my list! Thanks!


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thanks Mimi!


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Was a HUGE hit!!! Family LOVED Love ...


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

This looks so good!!! Fresh and delicious. Love the color too.


Friday 12th of October 2018

Any suggestions about how to make it 'non' alcoholic ? I can substitute sparkling water for the champagne. What can I substitute the vodka with? Or, do you have a recipe for a non alcoholic vanilla, cranberry punch - and to complicate matters even more, I am in the UK.


Saturday 13th of October 2018

Hi Wendy! I would use sparkling water instead of sparkling wine. The vodka will be a little trickier - you could make a vanilla simple syrup (water, sugar, and a vanilla bean cut open heated and then cooled.) You might need to add a lot more sparkling water but I think it will work!


Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

I am going to try this, but I'm wondering...can you freeze the cranberries? I've never used fresh cranberries with anything before so I don't know how they would hold up being frozen. I'm just thinking that would be nice to keep the drink cool. ????


Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

I've never used frozen cranberries but I agree - it would be like adding ice!