Santa Baby

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Cocktail History

The Santa Baby is a Christmas cocktail that was created by food writer and author Jessica Strand and was first published in her book Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season. The original recipe called for just two ingredients—sparkling white wine and cranberry liqueur. But by a happy accident, we made our version with sparkling rosé and ended up liking how the drier tart wine mixed with the bitter berry flavor even more.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sparkling Rosé: This is the base spirit. It’s a carbonated wine made with red grapes. We used Victorious Pink Grande Cuvée Sparkling Rosé because it’s fruity and flavorful. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Bubbly Rosé in place of the sparkling wine.

Cranberry Liqueur: This is a type of spirit made with cranberries, sugar, water, and a neutral grain alcohol. We used Tattersall Distilling Cranberry Liqueur because it’s high quality and has a deep tart flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Cranberries: These are the garnish.

Tasting Notes

The Santa Baby features effervescent fruity aromas of cranberry and wine and has a dry taste that marries the somewhat sour flavor of cranberry with the bright but muted sparkling wine.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both really loved the Santa Baby! It’s hard not to enjoy this recipe regardless of your experience level, especially given its dazzling red hue and simple format. This drink ended up being one of our favorites of the Christmas season, so we’ll be making a few of them to share with family and friends.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Despite it barely being a cocktail given it’s only made with two ingredients, this drink has a lot to offer thanks to its combination of dry sparkling rosé mixed with an even drier and tart yet slightly sweet cranberry liqueur. It’s a cocktail that really delivers the mood of the season by combining the seasonal fruit’s notes along with the celebratory mood of sparkling wine, and it truly is one that anybody is likely to enjoy.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I don’t really know what I was thinking when I added this cocktail to our calendar because I apparently changed the recipe by swapping out dry sparkling wine for a dry sparkling rosé. Neither of us realized it until after we’d bought the stuff, so we went with the altered version. I enjoy sparkling wine on its own, and adding in a few more ingredients to it is usually a guarantee I’ll like the drink. I wasn’t sure how tart cranberry would mix with sparkling rosé though but knew it was bound to be good. Thank goodness, I was right… Wow, is this tart yet slightly bitter berry a welcome addition to the wine’s flavor profile. I loved this simple cocktail and will be making it again and again, I’m sure.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season by Jessica Strand.

Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Hardcover Book; Strand, Jessica (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books (Publisher)
$19.95

AuthorVery Merry Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 5 oz Sparkling Rosé
 ½ oz Cranberry Liqueur
 3 Cranberries

Method
1

Add cranberry liqueur to a cocktail glass.

2

Top with sparkling rosé.

3

Garnish with cranberries.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 5 oz Sparkling Rosé
 ½ oz Cranberry Liqueur
 3 Cranberries

Directions

Method
1

Add cranberry liqueur to a cocktail glass.

2

Top with sparkling rosé.

3

Garnish with cranberries.

Santa Baby

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Bubbly Rosé in place of the sparkling wine and Monin Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Syrup in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

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$7.69

More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Poinsettia Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Poinsettia Cooler: A tequila cocktail made with cranberry juice, cranberry shrub, lime juice, and cranberries

The Little Donkey Cocktail Recipe

The Little Donkey: A vodka cocktail made with gingerbread syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and a cinnamon stick

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, a mint sprig, and cranberries

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