Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail

Wasn’t it just Christmas? Oh yeah, these two holidays really do collide; don’t they? Just when we need to take a breath from all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday, New Year’s is fast upon us. That’s why I like simple cocktails for this celebration; nothing too elaborate that requires I not imbibe; that’s for sure!

This one is simple, beautiful and tasty. Cranberry juice and Grand Marnier are combined with a sparkling wine (or even sparkling cider for those passing on alcohol) and it fits the bill perfectly. Easy. Gorgeous. Good.

My wish for the coming New Year is that I will be ensconced in my new home. Moving on New Years Eve? Hoping.  I don’t care if I  have to sleep on the kitchen island; that’s all I want. That and this cocktail. Let me know if you’re coming over and I’ll make one for you. And have you hang a picture or two? :)

For everyone let me just say CHEERS!! If I miss next weeks Friday Cocktails know it’s because I’ve got some unpacking to do…although by next Friday I sure hope to be raising a glass! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Want some more ideas for celebratory cocktails?


Creative Culinary’s French 75
Creative Culinary’s Hot Buttered Rum
Creative Culinary’s Chili Chocolate Martini
How Sweet It is Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria
Cookin Canuck’s Cranberry Kamikaze’s
Noshing with the Nolands’ Cherry Noir Noel Cocktail
The Chic Site – Even More Cocktails!

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
  • 1 well-chilled 750ML bottles champagne, prosecco or sparkling cider
  • 1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Grand Marnier
To Garnish:
  • Cranberry juice
  • Sugar for rimming
  • Orange curls
  1. Dip the edge of each glass into cranberry juice and then dip the glass into sugar. I like to use the larger sugar for cake decorating when doing something for the's so sparkly and pretty.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and pour in champagne flutes.
  3. Garnish each glass with an orange curl


  1. says

    This is the perfect cocktail to ring in the New Year with (for me at least). I love that it is made with cranberry juice and that it is the juice that gives it the wonderful colour.

    I hope that you are busy moving into your new home today Barb. Will be thinking of you as you ring in the New Year and wishing I could help you get settled. I love unpacking and organizing a home:)

    Sincere best wishes for a fabulous 2014.

    • Creative Culinary says

      I’m IN!! I just got cable and Internet service today though. The break was sort of nice but boy was it quiet at night. I don’t mind some quiet but nothing to listen to or watch for a couple of nights in a row and I’m a much happier camper right now. :)

      I wish you could help too…I can’t believe how much stuff I got rid of and am sort of amazed at how much I still have. Will be doing some more downsizing as soon as the dust settles a bit; I want this operation to be lean! Thanks Paula and Happy New Year to you too…XOXO.

  2. says

    I love cranberry juice AND Grand Marnier. Please see my post using Grand Marnier in our Christmas dessert. This looks sooo refreshing that I will certainly give it a try!! Happy New Year! :-)

  3. says

    This is the cocktail for me! Cranberry juice and sparkling wine??? Yes please! And the leftover gets made into granità! Stupendous and so festive! Beautiful, Barb! And I do hope you are in your new home for New Year’s Eve! I wish you the happiest and healthiest of 2014!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Very true; I have friends and family that can’t or won’t imbibe for different reasons; this is really a great Mocktail for them!

  4. says

    In my bartending days we called these drinks poinsettias. I love them! Something so festive about this combination. Not only are they beautiful, but refreshing and delicious as well.

  5. says

    What an absolutely gorgeous cocktail. I would totally come help unpack, enjoy a couple of those lovely drinks… I really suck at hanging pictures! Wishing you a happy and successful move!! Happy New Year :-)

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