Effervescent and fabulous, champagne is the ultimate celebratory drink. And even though a glass of straight Veuve Clicquot or Moët & Chandon never disappoints, when it comes to New Year’s Eve—a night that ritualizes the exciting possibilities that lay ahead in the upcoming year—we like to go all out. And you’d better believe that includes our cocktails.
Yes, it’s possible to make champers even better. Even a splash of cider or a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds can transform a glass of bubbly into a celebration-worthy tipple. Need some libation inspiration? Scroll on for sparkling sippers that are guaranteed to get the party started—and keep it going until the wee hours of the morning. Cheers to 2021!
Strawberry Lemon Mimosa
Kick things off with this brunch favorite (even if it isn’t the afternoon anymore). The only tool you need is a blender to make the strawberry puree, then add your favorite brand of lemonade and bubbly. “It tastes like summer,” says blogger Julia Blanner.
If you don’t have a garden with fresh lavender, never fear: You can pick up quality dried lavender flowers from your local market and substitute frozen berries for ones in the produce aisle. Before you serve, prep the bottom of each glass with blackberry lavender sauce (get the full how-to at the Adventure Bite).
Put your cooking skills to the test by making the lavender syrup from scratch (bring water and the flowers to a boil in a small saucepan, add sugar, simmer, and strain). Then it’s as simple as adding one part champagne and one part peach juice to your glass, with one tablespoon of syrup.
Satsuma Fizz Cocktail
Go beyond the standard mimosa with this upgrade from How Sweet Eats that calls for satsuma (basically easy-to-peel mandarin oranges), simple syrup, and gin or vodka along with your fave fizzy bevvy. Plus the slices of fruit make for a great snack even when you’re not drinking.
Lavender and Lemon Sparkler
This fizzy beverage from Rose and Ivy Journal is like an early taste of spring. Though it requires a little more effort than some of these other mix-and-go drinks (you’ll need to make a simple syrup by combining sugar, water, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a saucepan; wait for the sugar to dissolve; then let the mixture cool), the result is worth the wait.
Sparkling Holiday Punch
Let guests serve themselves by crafting this festive batch from Crowded Kitchen, which uses vodka (but you can swap it for rum); champagne; and a combination of juices, including orange, lemon, pomegranate, and cranberry.
Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail
You just need three ingredients to make this alluring winter citrus libation by Superman Cooks. Give some oomph to the simple recipe by adding a red sugar rim to the glass.
Pear and Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
If you ask us, cranberries are the unsung heroes of the holidays. This tasty tipple spotlights these deep red gems in all their tart glory. Pear, maple syrup, orange zest, and lots of bubbly round out Minimalist Baker’s recipe.
The Love Potion
This DIY blackberry syrup will transform your favorite champagne, Prosecco, or Cava into a sweet and tangy cocktail. Learn how it’s done at Lark & Linen.
This drink became famous because of its backstory: It’s supposedly a long-lost pre-Prohibition cocktail that was rediscovered by the bartender at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Turns out that story isn’t true. The drink slinger completely made up the tale and the drink. So doubt the story, but don’t doubt this delicious union of bourbon and your favorite effervescent bottle. You can grab the full recipe at Turntable Kitchen.
Zesty Lemon Classic Cocktail
Beautiful, boozy, and bursting with bright lemon, this recipe from Boulder Locavore is a total crowd-pleaser. Add a sugar cube to the bottom of the glass before adding the bitters, twist of orange and lemon, and champagne.
Sparkling Cranberry Orange Punch
Make the most of cranberries before they go out of season by adding a mix of fresh berries and juice to your bubbly.
Blood Orange Champagne Mule
Get into the festivities with blood oranges (they’re just starting to come into season around this time of year, and their red hue will brighten up your party). Once you’ve got your juice and fruit, add vodka, ginger beer, and champagne to re-create this celebratory twist on the standard mule.
Poinsettia Cranberry Cocktail
This one‘s brilliant red hue will put you back into the Christmas mood. A Couple Cooks suggests garnishing it with rosemary sprigs. (Psst: You can use the leftovers for holiday decorations, such as a table centerpiece.)
This story was originally published on December 2, 2017. It has since been updated.
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