What says the holidays better than freshly baked cinnamon rolls, mornings in pajamas, cookies for breakfast, and Mariah Carey blasting through the speakers at all hours?
Oh, well, a festive Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco cocktail, of course!
And with 2020 being the year of…well… a whole lot of unexpected nothingness, this is the drink for it.
It’s uncomplicated, easy to make, and festive but in a way that you can celebrate simply, in your PJs (ok, sensing a theme here?), with Christmas movies all day long because that is what this year is about.
Scratch that – it’s an every-year tradition over here, but that’s beside the point.
Whether you’re celebrating the season at home, keeping you and your loved ones safe from afar, or we’ve all made it out on the other end, this simple drink is perfect for small or large gatherings alike. Simple elegance at its best.
So, let’s check out this bright, light, bubbly cocktail, shall we?
The Cocktail Ingredients
- Cranberry Juice – a little tart, it adds the perfect pop of color to this drink! I recommend using 100% cranberry juice and unsweetened if you don’t want an overly sweet cocktail. However, always go with what you like!
- Rosemary Simple Syrup – whoa. yes. I said it. OUT OF THIS WORLD. If you are a rosemary lover, get ready. This simple syrup is as easy to make as a regular version, with a rosemary sprig thrown in. It adds a warm, earthy flavor to balance out the drink.
- Prosecco – the prosecco should most definitely be one you enjoy drinking, as it will only be enhanced with the cranberry and rosemary flavors. I (always) enjoy one on the drier side.
- Sugar-Coated Cranberries – they’re optional, really, but they’re fun and festive, and what holiday cocktail doesn’t need a gorgeous garnish?
The Easy-Peasy Steps
If you’re looking to save a little time and want the cocktail-ready whenever the mood strikes, I highly recommend making the simple syrup ahead of time.
It’s as simple as boiling water and sugar, as well as a couple of rosemary sprigs, together until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Once it’s made, you can create the cocktails without any extra work.
The other beautiful thing about a Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco? You can make one – or four – there’s really no limit aside from the bottle of prosecco.
In each champagne or wine glass, pour in the simple syrup, then the cranberry juice, and last, top it off with prosecco.
Do you see how easy that was?
If you didn’t use the entire bottle of prosecco (haha…or rather, will be making more cocktails with it later), store it in the fridge with the lid sealed if possible. I like using a wine stopper for this part.
Garnish with additional rosemary, sugar-coated cranberries, and cheers!
What about Substitutions?
Prosecco – you can easily substitute champagne for the prosecco in this recipe.
If you don’t like the bubbles and fizz that comes along with those two, you could also use a dry white wine.
Rosemary – it’s the perfect winter herb, but if you don’t have any around, give thyme a try!
Cranberry Juice – now, it is a cranberry cocktail, but I’ll give you this substitute if you don’t have any. Try pomegranate in its place (or a mix of the two!).
And to that simple holiday beverage, I sign off with a big cheer!
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Get the Recipe Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco Cocktail
- 4 oz. Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 4 oz. 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened
- 1 bottle, 750ml Prosecco
- Optional: Sugar Coated Cranberries
- Make the rosemary simple syrup. I highly recommend making this ahead of time so you can make the cocktails even easier!
- For 1 Cocktail: In a wine glass or champagne flute, add 1 oz. rosemary simple syrup, 1 oz. cranberry juice, and top off with approximately 5 oz. prosecco. Adjust amounts according to your tastes as needed (if you use sweetened cranberry juice you may want to use more/less depending on your preferred sweetness level). Continue with the remaining glasses needed.
- Garnish with an additional rosemary sprig and sugar-coated cranberries as desired. Cheers, and enjoy!
This post was originally published in December of 2017; the text and photos were updated for clarity in December of 2020.
These are so beautiful! I love cranberry and rosemary together— it makes for the most refreshing cocktail! Can’t wait to try this rosemary simple syrup 🙂
Thanks, Liz! I love it too, it feels so festive!
I made this cocktail for some friends and it was soooo good. My friends still talk about it a few years later!!! It’s a must try 🙂
That’s so awesome to hear! Thanks so much for sharing, S!