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Two flutes of minted cranberry Champagne cocktail with a cork and New Year's Eve decor.
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5 from 11 votes

Minted Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

The Champagne Cocktail is a classic drink that's easy to make, festive, and elegant! Made with a homemade cranberry simple syrup and touch of Chambord, this festive champagne drink is perfect for many celebrations like Christmas, a New Year's Eve party, Valentine's Day, and even Mother's Day!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Steeping and Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 887kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cranberries,, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 mint sprigs plus additional sprigs for garnish, optional
  • ½ ounce Chambord
  • champagne, for topping

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, water and mint to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Once the mixture simmers, turn the heat down but continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir every so often to help dissolve the sugar.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep for another 10 minutes.
  • Refrigerate until chilled. 
  • Once the mint-cranberry simple syrup chills, pour 1 ounce of the syrup into a champagne flute. 
  • Add the Chambord to the flute. 
  • Fill the rest of the flute with champagne and serve. If desired, garnish with a mint leaf. 

Notes

  • Fresh cranberries work best, but you can also use frozen cranberries.
  • While you simmer the simple syrup, give it a stir every so often to help the sugar dissolve.
  • You don't need to spend a lot of money on the champagne; however, don't go too cheap either. You will hate yourself the next day. I used Barefoot Brut Cuvée, which didn't break the bank and left me feeling perfectly A-OK the following morning.
  • Champagne should be served at 46°F. Given that we're not adding ice to this recipe, make sure you're not adding a warm simple syrup to the champagne.
  • If you need a quick way to chill your champagne, fill an ice bucket with equal parts ice and water. Let the champagne sit in the bucket for 20 minutes, and it'll be perfect for serving.
  • You can also use this simple syrup in other types of cocktails. I especially love it with a little bourbon or vodka and club soda.
  • Store any left over simple syrup in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 887kcal | Carbohydrates: 223g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 210g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg