It's Christmas time! The decorations are up, the carols are playing, the movies have been chosen, the gingerbread men are in the oven...there's only one thing missing. A glass of this sparkling Christmas cosmo to really get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year!
What's the best base to use for this Christmas cocktail?
I use cava in this sparkling Christmas cosmo, but that's because I live in Spain, it's cheap and I love it. Any fizzy wine-type drink will work, though. You could just as easily make this recipe with sparkling wine, prosecco or (if you're feeling super fancy) champagne.
If you love sweet cocktails, I recommend you choose a sweet sparkling white wine or a sweet cava. The rest of the ingredients in this Christmas cocktail are pretty dry. So if you also use a dry wine as your base base you might not like the taste. Plus, it is Christmas after all - don't we all deserve a little extra sweetness?
If you don't have any sweet wine or you make this cocktail and realise it's too dry, there is another option. Make a speedy simple syrup with sugar and water then stir in a little a time until you get your desired sweetness.
If you add the simple syrup straight after making it, you'll probably warm your sparkling Christmas cosmo up a bit. If you do, just add a couple ice cubes to chill it back down. Easy!
Don't use too much ice!
No one likes a room temperature cocktail, right? Not even in winter when it's freezing outside and everyone is wrapped up in coats even though they're indoors. The last time I made this Christmas cocktail, I literally filled the jug ¾ full with ice. The result? An extremely watery cosmo that was too nasty to drink. Yuck and a huge waste.
So heed my advice: stick to ¼ cup of ice and no more! The frozen cranberries almost act like ice cubes, too, helping keep the drink chilled. If you're making this Christmas cocktail an hour or so in advance (don't make it any earlier or the bubbles will deflate!) you can skip the ice in the jug altogether and simply add a couple of cubes into each glass.
Make sure you cover the jug with plastic wrap or tin foil and store it in the fridge in between servings, too. Unless you're planning on sitting on the couch with it with a giant straw. In which case go for it!
How to make a non-alcoholic version
If you're not much of a drinker or you want to serve this Christmas cocktail for younger guests, you can easily make it non-alcoholic. Simply swap out the cava for lemon-lime soda and replace ¼ cup of triple sec with ¼ cup of orange juice. It won't taste exactly the same, but it will be pretty close and festive.
How to serve
My favourite way to serve this sparkling Christmas cosmo is to pour it out of a large sangria jug into elegant champagne flutes. You can totally use wine glasses, tumblers or even paper cups if that's all you've got. But there's something extra special about sipping Christmas cocktails from fancy glasses, don't you think?
Make sure you get lots of cranberries and lime slices into each glass and for an added festive touch, add a sprig of mint. It doesn't add to the flavour, it just enhances the red and green festive colour scheme!
Looking for more Christmas cocktails?
If you're planning all kinds of awesome Christmas parties or you just want to get into the festive spirit at home, you'll love these other Christmas cocktails:
- A Winter Snowflake Cocktail. A warm and cosy cocktail with caramel and Bailey's.
- The Best Mulled Wine Recipe. An amazing mulled wine recipe with my secret to making it so great.
- Christmas Cranberry Vodka Slush. A cool and frosty cocktail that's perfect for a crowd.
Sparkling Christmas Cosmo
- 1 lime
- ¼ cup frozen cranberries
- ¼ cup ice
- 1 bottle sweet cava (750ml)
- ¾ cup cranberry juice
- ½ cup vodka
- ¼ cup triple sec
- Cut the lime in half. Squeeze the juice from one half into a serving jug. Chop the other half into thin rounds and place into the jug with the cranberries and the ice.
- Pour over the cava, cranberry juice, vodka and triple sec and stir.