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A Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail is a festive and delicious non-alcoholic holiday drink recipe that is bursting with bubbles. Fruity but sophisticated, and naturally sweetened with orange juice and real maple syrup, plus the vibrant red color makes it perfect for serving at holiday parties. And with some champagne or sparkling wine or even a splash of vodka you can easily turn it into a Christmas cocktail for the adults.
When I first created this recipe, I was pregnant with my little guy. Very pregnant. I’d be stuck in a doctor’s office for hours on end scrolling Instagram and starving. The kind of starving where I was really in the mood for a substantial meal, not the little pack of nuts or granola bar I had in my purse. And there I was staring at photos of filet mignon, sandwiches dripping with cheese, and cookies.
Oh, the cookies. It was right near the holidays, so Christmas cookies were in abundance.
As were Christmas cocktails. I love my wine. I missed my wine.
That means I felt the need to make a festive, sparkly non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy while I share in the celebrations with my family and friends.
A Christmas Mocktail Recipe
The most wonderful moments in my family are when we are gathered around the table, sharing food and drinks. So as Christmas approaches, I am going to look forward to sharing these family meals, and spending this time with those that I love. I urge you to do the same.
For me, food is love, and this sparkling cranberry orange mocktail recipe is perfect to toast as we celebrate our loved ones and cherish every moment that we have together.
A little about the recipe. I saw the idea for a homemade cranberry juice from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish. It sounded so tasty, the color was gorgeous, and I thought with a bit of orange and a bit of fizz, it would make a totally fun holiday beverage for those that can’t or don’t imbibe.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
What You’ll Need
- Fresh cranberries
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- Maple syrup – you can also substitute honey or agave nectar
- Sparkling water or club soda
- Place the cranberries, orange juice, water, and maple syrup in a blender, and puree thoroughly, then strain.
- Return the juice to the blender and puree and strain once more.
- When ready to serve, pour about 1/4 cup of juice in each champagne flute, and top with sparkling water or club soda.
NOTE: Keep the cranberry juice in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will keep for a few days.
Can you make it a cocktail?
Yes, you have a couple of options. Substitute the seltzer with sparkling wine, prosecco, or champagne. You can also make it with the sparkling water and then add a shot of vodka or your alcohol of choice. Spice it up with Fireball, warm yourself inside and out with bourbon, or try something flavored like an apple or orange liqueur.
Make it a celebration
At the bottom of this post for a lot more cocktails and beverages, tapas and treats to share with your family and friends. Here are some things to serve with those Christmas drinks.
Holiday cocktail party
- Caramelized Apple Pecan Baked Brie
- Pineapple Ham Cheese Ball
- Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
- Low Carb Feta Spinach Pinwheels
Christmas cookie exchange
Peace and joy to you and yours! Cheers to you all with a cranberry sparkler!
More fresh cranberry recipes
- Cranberry Garlic Prime Rib
- Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon Orange Jellied Cranberry Sauce
More Christmas mocktails and cocktails
- Easy Sparkling Apple Cider Ice Cream Floats (alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions)
- Apple Moscow Mule Fall Cocktail
- Glühwein from Magnolia Days
- Rosemary Orange Punsch from Galactopdx
- Candy Cane Martini from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Peppermint Eggnog from Daily Dish Recipes
- Cherry Bomb from Noshing with the Nolands
- Poinsettia Mimosas from Big Bear’s Wife
- Poinsettia Cocktails from The Catholic Foodie
- And even more Fun and Festive Fall Cocktails and Mocktails
Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or to taste (see Note). You can also substitute honey or agave nectar
- Sparkling water or club soda (see Note)
- Frozen cranberries to serve as ice cubes if desired
- Place the cranberries, orange juice, water, and maple syrup in a blender, and puree thoroughly.
- Strain through a mesh strainer.
- Return the juice to the blender and puree once more. Strain again.
- Keep juice in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, pour about 1/4 c juice in each champagne flute, and add about an equal amount of sparkling water or club soda.
- Garnish with frozen cranberries, if desired.