A champagne cocktail fitting for the season Cranberry Apple Mimosa Floats are a way to have your dessert and after-dinner-drink in one!
Or mix up a large batch for a fun and festive cocktail party punch! However you serve it with cranberries and fresh-pressed apple cider this sorbet brings beautiful pink champagne cocktails into the cool weather season. And I’m sharing the recipe for both the seasonal sorbet AND the easy mimosa float with you so you’ll be ready for the upcoming holiday season with a fabulous champagne cocktail recipe in hand.
A Seasonal Pink Champagne Cocktail
Move over strawberries, bubbly has found a new perfect match and it’s a bouncy bog berry.
The beautiful pink color and tart, but sweet, flavor of cranberries goes so well with bubbly champagne. And this festive drink is really just a mimosa – float mash-up made with homemade Cranberry Apple Cider Sorbet.
How to Make a Cranberry Apple Mimosa Float
The recipe is based off (the queen) Ms. Martha Stewart’s Cranberry Apple Cider Sorbet. I’ve been tearing interesting recipes out of magazines for years and this particular one has been floating around for at least ten.
Instead of cranberry and apple juices my version takes advantage of gorgeous red-pink cranberries and the fresh-pressed apple cider that hits shelves this time of year. It takes a bit of time to chill in the freezer but there’s really not much hands-on work involved.
Of course, you can make these Cranberry Champagne Cocktails year-round using frozen cranberries and apple juice. Or whip up sorbet champagne cocktails in seconds using store bought sorbet.
Make Ahead Cocktail
If serving to a crowd prevent a melted mess by pre-scooping sorbet into glasses up to 24 hours in advance. Cover lightly with plastic wrap place in the freezer until ready to serve.
Make it a Mocktail
Switch out the sparkling wine for sparkling cider, club soda or even kombucha for a bubbly sorbet float without alcohol. I’m a huge fan of unique float flavors and this seasonal version would be so unexpected and fun to serve either as a palette cleanser or dessert on Thanksgiving. Or, simply eat the Cranberry Apple Cider Sorbet straight with a spoon as a light, gluten and dairy free dessert any time of year!
Up the Potency
Although this champagne cocktail is made without liquor you can make it more like a classic champagne cocktail and add an ounce or two of vodka, gin or St Germain Elderflower Liquor to the glass before pouring the bubbly.
Make a Large-Batch Sorbet Mimosa
Make an easy large-batch mimosa or cranberry punch by freezing scoops of homemade sorbet before your party or event. Then simply pour a few bottles of bubbly and gently add the sorbet. Garnish with fresh cranberries and thinly sliced apple rings to let guests know what to flavors to expect in their festive and fresh punch.
Cranberry Apple Mimosa Float Recipe
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 ½ cups apple cider
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 750 ml champagne chilled
- In a medium saucepan bring cranberries, cider and sugar to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cover, careful to avoid popping cranberries, until cranberries have pop and mixture reduces slightly.
- Process in a food processor or blender until smooth and strain through a large mesh strainer into large measuring cup. Add additional apple cider to measure 4 cups of liquid total.
- Pour into a shallow baking dish and freeze for 2 hours, then scrape into little icy pieces with a fork.
- Cover and continue freezing until set, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
- Break up again with a fork to make a cranberry apple granita. Or transfer to a food processor to puree until smooth to make sorbet.
- Transfer to an airtight container and refreeze until ready to serve. Makes one quart.
- When ready to serve scoop sorbet into serving glasses and top with champagne.
- Tightly cover remaining sorbet and return to freezer for up to 2 months.