Holiday Cocktail to Try: Ombré Cranberry Sparkler

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If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know I’m a big fan of signature cocktails. During the holidays, those signature cocktails always involve prosecco. In order to avoid redundancy this year, I thought to myself– what’s better than a sparkling cocktail? Answer: An ombré sparkling cocktail. I found this delicious (and absolutely gorgeous!) blackberry thyme sparkler on The Effortless Chic, and I decided to create something similar for this year’s cocktail party! It’s called an Ombré Cranberry Sparkler, and it’s as refreshing as it is pretty!

This fresh cranberry cocktail recipe is also ridiculously easy to make! All you need is a bottle of Lunetta Prosecco (a longtime family favorite!), fresh cranberries, gin, gold baking sugar, and some sprigs of rosemary for garnish. Keep reading for the full recipe. There’s also a recipe card below that you can save, share, and print for safe keeping.

Ombré Cranberry Sparkler

Ombré Cranberry Sparkler: A Cranberry Gin Cocktail for the Holidays by southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Lunetta Prosecco review, fresh cranberry cocktail, red ombre cocktail

Here’s everything you’ll need to make 4 cranberry sparklers:

  • 1 cup cranberries (plus 8-12 more for garnish)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of Lunetta Prosecco
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 long sprigs of rosemary
  • Gold baking sugar for the rim
  • Champagne Flutes

In a small saucepan, bring fresh cranberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until simple syrup is bright red. Remove from heat and drain cranberries. If you know you’ll be busy prepping other party food, this step can be done well in advance! This cranberry simple syrup will last at least a week in the fridge. 

Next, prepare your champagne flutes! Using lemon juice (or butter!) to rim the flutes, dip the glasses in gold baking sugar. If you don’t have any handy, don’t panic or run out to the grocery store. This step can absolutely be skipped! Then, add in a splash (around 1/2 oz) of gin to each champagne glass, followed by 2-3 cranberries and 2 ounces of homemade cranberry simple syrup. 

Ombré Cranberry Sparkler: A Cranberry Gin Cocktail for the Holidays by southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Lunetta Prosecco review, fresh cranberry cocktail, red ombre cocktail

Finally, pop the Lunetta! Fill each glass with Lunetta Prosecco and top with a sprig of rosemary. If you’ve never tried Lunetta before, I can’t recommend this bottle enough! It’s reasonably priced with a fruity aroma and subtle effervescence, and it’s perfect for mixing cocktails and drinking straight! Plus, Lunetta is produced in northern Italy by Cavit, winemakers of America’s #1 Italian Pinot Grigio and #1 Imported Pinot Noir!

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Serve chilled– and enjoy!

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Ombré Cranberry Spritzer
Serves 4
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cranberries (plus 8-12 more for garnish)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 bottle of Lunetta Prosecco
  5. 2 ounces gin
  6. 4 long sprigs of rosemary (for garnish)
  7. Gold baking sugar (for the rim)
For the Cranberry Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan, bring fresh cranberries, water, and sugar to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until cranberry simple syrup is bright red.
  3. Remove from heat and drain cranberries. Set aside to cool.
For the Ombré Cranberry Spritzer
  1. Using lemon juice or butter to rim the flutes, dip each glass in gold baking sugar.
  2. Add in a splash (approximately 1/2 oz) of gin to each champagne glass, followed by 2-3 cranberries and 2 ounces of homemade cranberry simple syrup. Fill the remainder of each glass with Lunetta Prosecco and top with a sprig of rosemary.
  3. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Notes
  1. The cranberry simple syrup can be made well in advance, as it'll keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
  2. If you're not a fan of gin, leave it out altogether! These cranberry spritzers are just as tasty without it!
Adapted from The Effortless Chic
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Oh, and can we talk about how pretty the ombré coloring is? Fun tip– the longer you let the sparklers sit, the more the liquids will separate. If your guests find any part of the cocktail too strong, suggest stirring it all together again to remix flavors. You can also add a splash of lime juice for a tangy twist!

Ombré Cranberry Sparkler: A Cranberry Gin Cocktail for the Holidays by southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Lunetta Prosecco review, fresh cranberry cocktail, red ombre cocktail

Cheers, y’all! What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? I’m always looking for ideas, and I’d love to check it out!

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