Serving champagne is an important part of New Year’s Eve. This year, rather than simply popping the cork and pouring it into champagne flutes, why not try something a little fancier? These cocktails are every bit as festive as a glass of straight champagne.
No, it isn’t a typo. The name of the drink is really “champagne cocktail” and it offers a great way to make even the most inexpensive champagne taste delicious! To make, chill your champagne flutes in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Add a sugar cube and about 3 shakes of bitters, and top off the glass with any champagne you want.
The Bellini is a classic cocktail that is always a hit! While it is traditionally made with sparkling wine, it can also be made with champagne. To make, add 2 ounces of peach purée to the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne and garnish the glass with a peach slice. You can substitute the peach purée for nectarine or even mango purée.
A classic brunch favorite, the mimosa is also a delicious drink for that New Year’s Eve toast! To make, fill a champagne flute 1/3 of the way with orange juice. Top the glass with champagne. To give it a similar texture as a Bellini, use orange juice that has plenty of pulp!
This cocktail is ideal for those who love beer but want to drink champagne on New Year’s Eve. There’s no need to choose between the two! Fill a chilled Collins glass halfway with your stout beer of choice. Top the glass the rest of the way with champagne. Stir gently with a plastic cocktail rod, a chopstick, or a butter knife.
The Barbotage is a New Year’s Eve favorite because it contains elegant ingredients suitable for any party! To make the perfect Barbotage, add ½ ounce of cognac or brandy to a champagne flute. Add 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or other orange flavored liqueur and top with chilled champagne.
No party is complete without punch! Pour 1 bottle of brut champagne into a large punch bowl. Add 2 ounces of brandy, 2 ounces of Grand Marnier, and 1 bottle of club soda or ginger ale to the punch bowl, as well. Garnish with fresh orange slices and a few scoops of sorbet.
Spritzers are usually a mix of wine and club soda. Instead of club soda, this version uses champagne! Simply pour equal parts of wine and champagne in a champagne flute. To make it sweet, use a sweet white or red wine or drip a sugar cube in the glass before you pour in the champagne and wine.
No matter where you’ll be spending the evening, these champagne cocktails are perfect for New Year’s Eve!