Cheers to a beautiful Christmas and this easy Christmas Bellini. This Christmas morning mimosa is the most festive-filled cocktail you will find this Christmas. A glass filled with cranberry and orange topped up with prosecco. Delicious.
I don’t completely understand the difference between a mimosa and a bellini but they are mostly the same thing. Something fruity topped up with prosecco or champagne. Easy to make and absolutely delicious for all occasions… especially Christmas morning!
Why you’ll love this Christmas Bellini recipe
It’s a lovely Christmas morning mimosa, fresh and tart from the cranberry and who doesn’t like a little fizz on Christmas morning?
You can also make this recipe alcohol-free by using alcohol free prosecco.
Cranberry Bellini make for a wonderful brunch drink, they’re light and easy to make but don’t just have to be enjoyed at breakfast, the Christmas mimosa pairs perfectly will your Christmas dinner, dessert or with a mince pie in the afternoon.
These Christmas drinks can be decorated with dried orange slices, a cinnamon stick or a sprig of rosemary.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Christmas Bellini Ingredients
For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.
I love the sweet & tart mix of cranberry juice. It’s perfect at Christmas and goes so well in this cranberry bellini.
Just like I love cranberry juice, orange juice is a classic mimosa flavour and is a vital ingredient in the mimosa. Christmas mimosas need orange juice and it mixes wonderfully with the cranberry and prosecco.
No cranberry orange bellini would be complete without the fizz! If you’re feeling fancy you can top your Christmas mimosa with champagne. Or if it’s more to your liking, prosecco works just as well for your Christmas drinks.
How to make Christmas Bellini – step by step
Pour your large pour of cranberry juice into a chilled glass.
Add your orange juice to the glass, you’ll need about half the amount of orange juice you have of cranberry.
Top your Christmas bellini with your fizz of choice and decorate!
Top Tips – Cranberry Orange Bellini
I loved adding dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries to mine.
Make ahead by pouring your juices into the glasses and topping them with prosecco when you’re ready to serve your cranberry mimosa.
Use frozen cranberries as ice cubes in your glass, they add flavour and keep your drink fresh and cool.
Use edible decorations like dried orange slices and fresh rosemary to make the Christmas Bellini even more festive.
Please drink responsibly and check out Drink Aware for more information.
Substitutions and variations
You can make this Christmas drink alcohol-free by swapping out the prosecco with lemonade or a zero-percent sparking wine.
A classic bellini takes just orange juice and fizz so if you’re low on cranberry juice, just make this Christmas drink a classic mimosa.
Dried Orange Slices on the outside of the glass
These oven dried orange slices smell wonderful and look great on your glass. They are reusable if stored correctly and if your slices do get damp or start to lose their charm – they are fully biodegradable and a sustainable cocktail decoration.
Fresh orange slice and cranberries in the drink
If you don’t have the time to dry the orange slices, fresh orange slices are the perfect cocktail decoration. If you allow it to soak in your drink it you can nibble on it once you’ve finished your drink too!
Cinnamon is a classic Christmas flavour so it definitely belongs on the Christmas bellini. I loved using the cinnamon sticks on top of my mimosa glass for the perfect Christmas Bellini.
If you wish you could put a Christmas tree in your bellini, why not use a sprig of fresh rosemary. It’s a better choice than a Christmas tree as it’s edible and still looks like a Christmas tree.
Making ahead-of-time options
Make ahead by pouring your juices into the glasses and topping with prosecco when you’re ready to serve your cranberry mimosa.
Christmas Bellini FAQS
What is a mimosa with cranberry juice called?
A mimosa with cranberry juice is called a bellini usually, but it could still be called a mimosa. A classic mimosa uses orange juice but cranberry juice works just as well.
Can you mix prosecco?
You can mix prosecco with juice! I love to mix the juice with prosecco to make a Christmas bellini. Prosecco mixes well with most juices or a flavoured liqueur.
What’s the difference between a Bellini and mimosa?
The difference between a bellini and a mimosa is what they’re mixed with. Classically a mimosa is mixed with orange juice and a bellini with peach puree. But you can make a mimosa with any flavoured juice and call it a bellini or a mimosa!
Do cranberry and orange flavours work together?
Yes! Cranberry and orange flavours work together really well. The tart cranberry juice mixed with sweet and fresh orange juice makes for a wonderful flavour combination.
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Christmas Bellini Recipe
Christmas Bellini – Cranberry Orange Mimosa
- 1 Champagne Glass
Cranberry Orange Bellini
- 25 ml Orange juice (small splash)
- 50 ml Cranberry juice (a bigger splash than before)
- 100 ml Prosecco (top up with prosecco)
Decoration – Optional
- Dried orange slices
- Cinnamon sticks
- Rosemary Sprig
- Fresh cranberries
- Fresh orange slice
- Frozen cranberries
- Add the orange juice and cranberry juice to the champagne glass.
- Top up with the Prosecco. It might be a bit more than the recipe depending on how big your glasses are.
- Decorate as you would like. Use frozen cranberries to help keep the glass cool.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.