Jazz up your holiday party with refreshing Christmosas! This non-alcoholic holiday cocktail looks incredibly festive and can be enjoyed by all ages! The recipe takes all the fruity flavor of a classic mimosa and turns it into sparkly Christmas mimosas.
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Christmas mimosas without alcohol
Jules, my sister-in-love, is in charge of drinks at holiday get-togethers and always comes up with the most inventive recipes. A couple of years ago, she prepared a big bowl of a fizzling Christmas mimosa that was an instant hit with our family.
The thing is, only half of our family drinks alcohol. The other half is strictly teetotalers. Irena and I fall in the latter category. And Jules always accommodates us by creating alcohol-free versions of whatever concoction she’s serving. I’m truly blessed to have her!
I’m really not a cocktail person, but these Christmosas are so much fun to make for your holiday festivities. They look super cheerful with a mix of red and green fruits, and I simply couldn’t resist sharing them on here with you.
This Christmassy cocktail is a delightful drink for a holiday party or Christmas brunch. You could even bring them to an office breakfast. Best part? You only need simple ingredients and a few minutes prep to whip them up!
What are Christmosas?
A Christmas mimosa is a holiday-themed version of mimosas. Classic mimosa is made of Champagne (or sparkling wine) and orange juice (or other juices). Christmosas include fruits typically available in winter, such as pomegranates or cranberries.
Jules’s Christmosas are based on a recipe by Lindsay Funston that she found on Delish. The original recipe suggests Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava for the alcohol portion. But we are going to skip those and come up with non-alcoholic alternatives.
Why this recipe works
- Family-friendly: The great thing about this Christmas mimosa without alcohol is that everyone can enjoy a glass. The taste is kid-friendly and can definitely be enjoyed by all ages.
- Refreshing: Christmosas taste incredibly light and refreshing, a welcome break from the creamier holiday drinks and hot cocoa.
- Customizable: Holiday mimosas are incredibly flexible, and you have lots of room to customize this holiday drink to your personal preference. If you have alcohol and non-alcoholic drinkers in your family, make a boozy batch and sober one.
Christmas mimosa ingredients
Bubbly, grape juice, and fresh fruit combine to make these Christmosas. Let’s go over the ingredients and possible substitutions:
- Sparkling drink: A sparkling drink is the most crucial ingredient in this easy Christmosas recipe. Carbonated beverages like non-alcoholic sparkling wine or prosecco are a good option. You could also use club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water, but I prefer ginger ale or cranberry ginger ale.
- Juice: You can’t make mimosas without juice. I recommend apple juice or sparkling grape juice if you want to make a white Christmas mimosa or pomegranate juice for a touch of red.
- Fruits: Tart Granny Smith apples, zingy cranberries, sparkly pomegranate seeds, and sweet green grapes lend wonderfully festive colors. The fruits aren’t just lovely to look at. They also infuse the holiday drink with a fruity flavor.
The quantities and full instructions are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Spices amp up the holiday flavors. You could stir in 1 tsp ground spice like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or gingerbread spice. Yet a better idea is to marinate the juice with 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, and 1 clove in the fridge overnight.
- Syrup: Swirl 2 to 4 tbsp syrup into the mixture if you prefer your Christmas mimosa cocktail on the sweeter side. Blood orange, pumpkin spice, or almond syrup would be great fits for this recipe.
How to make Christmosas
Making Christmosas could not be easier! There are just 4 steps to preparing this.
- . Place the diced green apples, cranberries, halved grapes, and pomegranate seeds into a pitcher or large bowl.
- . Pour in the chilled grape juice and alcohol-free sparkling wine or ginger ale.
- . Give everything a good stir to combine the liquids and fruit.
- . Pour the mimosas in cocktail glasses or champagne flutes. Garnish with fruit pieces and berries. Drink up and enjoy!
Tips for success
- Chill your juice and bubbly before you mix the mocktail.
- Garnish your holiday drinks with fruits and a rosemary sprig.
- Rim the glasses with sugar for an extra festive touch.
Serve your Christmosas in a large glass pitcher or a punch bowl. Since I don’t own a punch bowl, I simply served the alcohol-free mimosa in a decorative glass bowl. Add a ladle so your guests can help themselves to a refreshing cocktail.
As for glassware, mimosas are typically served in champagne flutes or cocktail glasses. I poured mine into wine glasses.
How do I sugar the rim of a glass?
Rimming a glass adds to the festive flair of this Christmas cocktail. And the sugar rim adds a bit of sweetness too. Her is what you do:
- Fill a small saucer or flat bowl with sugar.
- Wet the rim with a liquid. I recommend maple syrup or corn syrup.
- Then roll the rim in the saucer filled with sugar until fully coated.
- Shake off any excess.
- Let dry before pouring the Christmosas.
Can I serve this holiday cocktail over ice?
Of course! Jules shared a brilliant idea that won’t water down the flavor. Instead of using plain water, freeze cranberry or apple juice. These flavored ice cubes will add to the aroma of your Christmas drink as they melt.
Can I make Christmosas with alcohol?
Sure! For boozy Christmosas, swap out the non-alcoholic bubbly with Champagne or prosecco.
Christmosas will last in the refrigerator for several days. Please keep in mind that the fresh apple and berries will only stay fresh for so long.
I recommend enjoying your homemade Christmas mimosa recipe within 2 days. But if you add the fruit later, the drink will last up to 4 days.
Can I do this ahead of time?
These holiday mimosas are best made when you’re ready to serve them so that they are chilled and bubbly.
However, you can prepare the alcohol-free Christmas beverage 1 to 2 days in advance. Be sure to keep it airtight and refrigerated until it’s time to serve.