Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol:% varies by sparkling wine choice

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa is a festive twist on the classic Mimosa cocktail. Traditionally, a Mimosa is a simple blend of orange juice and sparkling wine, often enjoyed during brunch or special occasions. The addition of vanilla-flavored vodka and cranberry juice to this version brings a warm, aromatic complexity that pairs beautifully with the effervescence of the sparkling wine.

  • Who Would Like It: This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a balance of sweet and tart flavors, with a hint of vanilla sophistication. It's particularly popular during the holiday season, but its refreshing nature makes it a hit year-round for brunches and celebrations.

How Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa Tastes?

The Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa offers a delightful interplay of flavors. It's lightly sweet with a tart edge from the cranberry juice, while the vanilla vodka adds a smooth, creamy undertone. The sparkling wine tops it off with a crisp, bubbly finish that refreshes the palate.

Interesting facts about Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

  • The Mimosa cocktail is named after the yellow-flowered mimosa plant, which its original orange hue resembles.
  • Vanilla has been used as a flavoring since the time of the Aztecs.
  • Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and are a staple in American Thanksgiving celebrations.


A few good options for Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vanilla Flavored Vodka

About as delightful as a wink from a snowman, vanilla flavored vodka gives this mimosa its warm and aromatic base - without it, you'd miss the smooth, sweet whispers of vanilla contrasting with tart cranberry. If you opt for unflavored vodka, you'd lose some holiday cheer but gain a sharper, cleaner taste profile.

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Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is to the holidays what mistletoe is to a couple looking for a kiss—absolutely key. Its tartness cuts through the sweetness and unites in a dance with vanilla vodka. Less juice? The cocktail leans tipsy on the sweet side. More? You'll be puckering up like you just bit into a lemon.

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Sparkling Wine

Imagine Cinderella without her glass slipper—that's your fizz-less sparkling wine. This bubbly ingenue tops off the drink with a celebratory pop and effervescence, balancing the flavors with its acidity and dryness. Prosecco or Champagne are lovely, but even a good Cava can work wonders here—it's all about that sparkle!

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Last but not least, the unsung hero—ice. It's like the cool cousin who makes every family gathering tolerable. No ice? Expect a lukewarm handshake of a drink. Too much? You drown the spirit of the concoction. Just right, and you've got the life of the party in a glass.

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Recipe. How to make Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 1 ½ ounces of vanilla flavored vodka and 1 ½ ounces of cranberry juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute.
  5. Top with sparkling wine, filling the glass.
  6. Optionally, garnish with a few fresh cranberries or a vanilla pod.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your champagne flute before serving to keep your Mimosa colder for longer.
  • If you prefer a less alcoholic drink, use more cranberry juice and less vanilla vodka.
  • To enhance the vanilla flavor, scrape a vanilla bean pod into the shaker before adding the other ingredients.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: The creaminess of cheese contrasts beautifully with the acidity of cranberry and the crispness of sparkling wine.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, such as shrimp cocktail or scallops, pair nicely, as they do not overpower the delicate flavors of the mimosa.
  • Brunch Items: Think of pairing it with brunch classics like eggs benedict or a savory quiche.
  • Desserts: A fruit tart or vanilla panna cotta could complement the vanilla notes in the mimosa.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, consider a crisp sparkling water to cleanse the palate between sips.
  • Herbal Teas: A calming chamomile or a light green tea can be a nice accompaniment if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage that still complements the flavors.

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What you could change in Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

  • Vanilla Flavored Vodka: If you don't have vanilla flavored vodka, you can use regular vodka and a drop of pure vanilla extract.
  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice can be a suitable substitute for a slightly different but equally delicious flavor profile.
  • Sparkling Wine: Any type of sparkling wine will do, but for a sweeter Mimosa, use Moscato d'Asti or for a drier one, Brut Champagne.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Vanilla Mimosa

Swap cranberry juice for mixed berry juice for a Berry Vanilla Mimosa—a concoction that strays into the sweet enchantment of a fairytale forest.

Tropical Vanilla Mimosa

1.5oz Coconut flavored Rum, 1.5oz Pineapple Juice, To fill Sparkling Wine.

Escape to an island paradise by swapping vodka and cranberry for coconut flavored rum and pineapple juice. A tropical breeze in flute form, this twist dances the line between sweet and tangy.

Vanilla Pomegranate Mimosa

1.5oz Vanilla Flavored Vodka, 1.5oz Pomegranate Juice, To fill Sparkling Wine.

For an exotic kiss, opt for pomegranate juice instead of cranberry. The Vanilla Pomegranate Mimosa is a deeper dive into a romance where vanilla meets a more complex tartness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

What type of glass is best for serving a Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa?

A champagne flute is ideal for serving Mimosas as it showcases the bubbles and keeps the drink effervescent.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Replace the vanilla flavored vodka with a non-alcoholic vanilla extract and the sparkling wine with non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice or soda.

Can I make this cocktail in advance?

It's best to mix the vanilla vodka and cranberry juice ahead of time, but add the sparkling wine right before serving to maintain its fizz.

What food is traditionally served with Mimosas?

Mimosas are often enjoyed with brunch. Dishes like pancakes, French toast, or citrus-flavored pastries complement the flavors well.

Is there an optimal time of day to enjoy a Mimosa?

Mimosas are typically associated with brunch and are often enjoyed in the late morning to early afternoon.

Can Mimosas be part of a cocktail party menu?

Absolutely, Mimosas are versatile and can be served at cocktail parties as a refreshing beverage option.

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