After indulging in hot cocoa and hot “spiked” beverages during the holiday season, sparkling cocktails feel like a refreshing way to ring in the new year. While we’re happy to simply pour a glass and cheers, there is something special about a sparkling cocktail to mark an occasion.
If you’re looking for some refreshing cocktails for your New Year’s Eve celebration (or any special occasion that calls for bubbles) you’ve come to the right place. From the low proof Poinsettia that can be sipped on till that ball drops at midnight, to the super simple Chambrod Royale that takes moments to make but still feels special, there is something on our list for everyone.
Want To Offer Mocktails That Feel Special?
If you are hosting a get together this New Year’s Eve, we always recommend offering some nonalcoholic options that still feel special for you and your guests. And, as more people embrace a more mindful approach to drinking, nonalcoholic wines and spirits are not only becoming more readily available but also higher quality. Offering a nonalcoholic sparkling wine and various garnishes and juices is a great way to level up the sparkling grape juice we all drank as kids.
This low proof, simple-to-make Champagne Spritzer is going to be a huge hit at your holiday party. It goes down easy and won't put you into the stratosphere so your guests can happily enjoy a few without regretting it the next day.
- 1 oz [30 ml.] Cranberry Juice Cocktail
- .5 oz [15 ml] Triple sec or Dry Curacao
- Stir over crushed ice, then pour through a strainer into a glass.
- Top off with Champagne and garnish with an orange twist or fresh cranberries
The French 75
This twist of the classic Tom Collins contains a splash of Champagne to give it a spritz as opposed to a dash of sparkling water. A great citrusy, bubbly cocktail to serve over ice in either a collins glass or wine glass.
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
- 0.75 oz Simple Syrup
- 1.5 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
- Add all ingredients except the Champagne into a large glass
- Shake with ice
- Strain over fresh ice into a high ball glass or wine glass
- Top with Champagne
- Garnish with a lemon twist
Classic Champagne Cocktail
The Champagne Cocktail is one of the oldest cocktails, dating back to at least the mid-1800s. It’s festive and elegant, perfect for New Year’s Eve. And the sugar cube makes it sparkle!
The 21st century version includes either Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored liqueur, or cognac.
- Glass of Champagne
- Dash of Cognac or Grand Marnier
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Lemon peel twist for garnish
- Add a sugar cube to bottom of a champagne flute
- Add 3 dashes of bitters to the sugar cube.
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel off a small strip of lemon skin. Squeeze the lemon skin into the flute to release the oils.
- Fill the glass with champagne and serve immediately: Garnish with a lemon twist.
The Chambrod Royale
The Chambord Royale is a tasty variation of a Kir Royale. We love this cocktail for its festive color, decadent flavor and for the fact that it is so simple to make while still feeling elevated.
- 7.5 ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
- 90 ml Champagne or Prosecco
- Orange twist for garnish
- Pour the Chambord into the bottom of a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne/sparkling wine/whatever bubbly you're drinking.
- Garnish with an orange twist.