Cheers to You!
Celebrate the holidays or ring in the New Year with this festive cocktail! Fresh cranberries, orange and ginger simmer together making a delicious and beautiful ruby red colored syrup. Add a couple teaspoons to the bottom of your glass, top with Prosecco or Champagne and you are ready to celebrate!
Like to rim your cocktail glasses with flavored sugar? I’ve included a recipe for a simple Cranberry Orange Sugar! Cheers!
Cranberry Orange Sugar: (optional garnish)
Zip together in your food processor, chopper or blender!
Besides rimming your cocktail glass, this is delicious in hot tea, sprinkled over oatmeal or you can roll your sugar cookies in this festive flavored sugar!
Moisten the rim of your glass with some water or orange juice and dip in the flavored sugar.
Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Syrup:
You’ll need about a 1/4″ thick slice of fresh ginger – smells so good!
Toss ginger and fresh cranberries in chopper, food processor or blender.
Process until finely chopped.
Add to saucepan with juice and zest of 1 navel orange.
Add some sugar!
Bring to boil, reduce heat…
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain & store syrup in refrigerator for up to a week.
Prosecco vs Champagne, Sweetness? How many Servings per Bottle?
I prefer a “less-sweet” Prosecco or Champagne since the syrup we’re adding will be sweet. You can look for “brut” or “extra dry” for less sweet varieties.
What’s the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
Basically they’re both sparkling wines, Prosecco is from Italy and Champagne is from France – more info here.
What Are the Sweetness Levels of Sparkling Wines?
You can usually search the labels on the bottles for words like “brut” or “extra dry.” These two types are less sweet than those marked “dry” Here’s a nice guide on sweetness levels. When in doubt check with the clerk at the store.
How Many Servings in a Bottle of Prosecco or Champagne?
Generally, Prosecco and Champagne come in 750 ml bottles. You’ll get about 5-6 glasses from that bottle. Of course that’s dependent upon how much you pour. Here’s a guide.
At my Christmas Eve Celebration with 8 adults, I usually have 4 bottles on hand – we maybe only go through 3 bottles throughout the evening.
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Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail
Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Syrup
- 12 ounces (3 1/2 cups) fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed
- 1/4 inch thick slice fresh ginger root, peeled 1 - 1 1/2" diameter
- 1 cup water
- 1 navel orange zest & juice
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
Cranberry Orange Sugar Garnish - Optional
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
Chilled Bubbly! (see note for amounts)
- Prosecco or Champagne Less sweet variety: brut or extra dry
- Additional cranberries, for garnish optional
- Orange peel strips, for garnish optional
Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Syrup:
- Place whole fresh cranberries and ginger in food processor, chopper or blender. Process until finely chopped.
- Pour chopped cranberry mixture into saucepan. Add water, zest and juice from 1 navel orange and 3/4 cup sugar. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Strain the cranberry mixture with a fine mesh strainer. Gently press with a spoon or spatula to release all the syrup. Place the strained syrup in refrigerator to cool. (discard cranberry solids or use as a cranberry relish.)
Optional: Cranberry Orange Sugar:
- Place sugar, dried cranberries and orange zest in food processor, blender or chopper. Process until the dried cranberries are finely chopped. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a week. To rim the glasses, moisten edge with water or orange juice then dip rim in Cranberry Orange Sugar.
Make The Cocktails!
- Rim the glasses with Cranberry Orange Sugar, if desired. Add a couple whole cranberries and a strip of orange peel, if desired. Add a teaspoon or two of Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Syrup to the bottom of each glass. (Depending how sweet you'd like your cocktail.) Fill each glass with chilled Prosecco or Champagne.