What says it’s holiday time better than a Prosecco cocktail infused with vibrant cranberries and wintery rosemary sprigs and Mariah Carey blasting through the speakers at all hours?
Not only is this cocktail recipe as festive as it gets, but it’s uncomplicated, easy to make, and one of my favorite cocktails to sip on while ringing in the New Year, decorating the tree, hosting a holiday party, or binging Christmas movies all day long.
Whether you’re celebrating in small or large gatherings, this rosemary Prosecco cocktail is always a good idea. So, let’s check out this bright, bubbly cocktail and get ready to pour Prosecco all season long!
If you’ve been here for festive drink recipes for any length of time, you’ll know I like to keep things simple and fresh. This Rosemary Prosecco Cocktail is no different. Today we’re combining just 4 main ingredients:
Please be sure to see the full recipe card below for measurements.
- Rosemary Simple Syrup: This homemade simple syrup is as easy to make as Classic Simple Syrup and this wildly popular Blackberry Simple Syrup, yet is infused with a fresh rosemary sprig. It adds a warm, earthy flavor to balance out the light and bubbly Prosecco. Yes, it is as out of this world as it sounds!
- Cranberry Juice: Adds a pop of festive red as well as a natural tartness that helps balance the sweetness in the simple syrup. I recommend 100% cranberry juice (no added sugar) unless you prefer a really sweet cocktail.
- Prosecco: Choose a Prosecco you enjoy the flavor of, as it will only be enhanced with the combination of cranberry and rosemary. I prefer one on the drier side, but go with what you like!
- Sugar-Coated Cranberries: I hesitate to say they’re optional, because what is a holiday cocktail without a gorgeous, glistening garnish? Not to mention, the leftovers can be used to garnish a Cranberry Ginger Cocktail, decorate a holiday dessert, or contrast the savory flavors on a Fall Charcuterie Board or Whipped Ricotta spread. Trust me, you won’t regret this festive touch.
TIP! Chill the Prosecco and rosemary simple syrup at least 4 hours in advance! For optimal taste, Prosecco cocktails should be served at a temperature of about 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prosecco alternatives: Substitute this sparkling wine with champagne, or, if you don’t like bubbles and fizz, use your favorite dry white wine.
- Rosemary substitution: It’s hard to beat this aromatic winter herb, but if you don’t have any around, give thyme a try! Or, replace the rosemary simple syrup with Homemade Ginger Simple Syrup for a spicy, fun twist.
- Juice options: This classic cocktail can also be made with another tart, 100% juice such as pomegranate juice or tart cherry juice. You could also try a mix of the two for a Cranberry Pomegranate Prosecco cocktail.
- Alcohol-free: use seltzer water in place of the bubbly.
- Garnish variations: Forego the sugar-coated cranberries and garnish your cocktail with fresh cranberries, a sprig of fresh thyme, or a sugar-coated rim!
How to Make a Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco Cocktail
Now, I think it’s worth emphasizing the benefit of preparing the rosemary simple syrup in advance. It’s as simple as boiling water and sugar, as well as a couple of rosemary sprigs together until the sugar is dissolved. Then let it cool because warm syrup combined with room-temperature Prosecco is not exactly the most refreshing combo.
Once it’s made (and sufficiently chilled), you can make as many Prosecco cocktail recipes as your heart desires!
Simply pour the simple syrup into each champagne flute or wine glass, followed by the cranberry juice, then lopped off with bubbly Prosecco.
It’s really as easy as that.
Garnish with additional rosemary, sugar-coated cranberries, and cheers!
If you’re wondering how many bubbly cocktails will a bottle of Prosecco make with this recipe, here’s your answer! One bottle of Prosecco contains 3 cups of sparkling wine and will make about 4 cocktails. If you are making a Christmas prosecco cocktail for one, you’ll need 3/4 cup or about 6 ounces of Prosecco.
Now that you have your holiday beverage in order, I wanted to make sure you prepared for the remainder of cocktail hour, too. If not, here are my top 5 appetizers and finger foods that pair seamlessly with a glass of sweet sparkling wine.
- Homemade Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Log
- Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini
- Simple Vegetarian Charcuterie Board
- Apricot, Almond, and Thyme Grilled Brie
- Mushroom Bruschetta with Gruyere and Thyme
Prefer to serve this Prosecco cocktail with a festive brunch? You can’t go wrong with a Fresh Fruit Board for grazing, plus a Vegetarian Breakfast Strata, Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls, or this flaky Kale and Goat Cheese Quiche as the show-stopping main.
How to Store Prosecco Once Opened
The beautiful thing about a Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco? You can make one – or four – there’s really no limit aside from the bottle of Prosecco.
This means if you’re sipping this cocktail as a party of one (no judgment here!), you’ll have leftover Prosecco. Good news is it’s easy to store with a wine stopper and will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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Get the Recipe Festive Cranberry Rosemary Prosecco Cocktail
- 4 ounces Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 4 ounces 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened
- 1 bottle Prosecco, chilled
- Sugar Coated Cranberries, optional
- 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 as needed.
- Garnish with an additional rosemary sprig and sugar-coated cranberries as desired. Cheers, and enjoy responsibly!
- Make the rosemary simple syrup ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
- Making fewer cocktails? Seal the prosecco bottle back up and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to make more. You’ll want to use the prosecco within a day, as it will lose its fizz.
This post was originally published in December of 2017; the text and photos were updated for clarity in December of 2020.