The sound of a cork popping and sensation of effervescent bubbles tingling on the tongue feel synonymous with holiday festivities. It all culminates with the champagne toast on New Year’s Eve. Incorporating sparkling wine into cocktails adds variety and gives anyone interested the chance to practice their mixology skills. You don’t even need to open the good-good to craft sophisticated champagne cocktails—budget friendly cava, brut, and prosecco work beautifully, too
Bonus, you can make each of the following with only five ingredients or fewer (excluding garnishes), so you can focus on other hosting duties.
RECIPES FOR CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS
The holidays usher in the perfect time to break out the rarely used punch bowl. Even better, you can make a big batch in the beginning and free yourself of beverage for the rest of the evening. Prep this citrusy spiced, gin-based punch the day before and chill until it’s time to add the sparkling wine.
Simple yet sophisticated, the french 75 adds instant class to any setting. Double or triple the liquor and base ingredients to make more than one serving at a time, portion into flutes or coupes, and top with bubbles.
We know there’s a long way to go before the tricentennial, but we love this champagne cocktail for its seasonal citrus and ginger flavors.
Rises in the East
This variation on the french 75 combines bright Aperol with sweet St-Germain for an unexpected but balanced take on the classic cocktail.
Todd Thrasher’s Champagne Cocktail
For a performative cocktail preparation, this one calls for igniting a portion of the ingredients. It’s definitely one way to start the festivities. While it may require six ingredients, we have faith you can handle it.
The Drowsy Chaperone
This citrusy, gingery, and herbaceous cocktail utilizes seasonal flavors in its base syrup before incorporating vodka and sparkling wine. Whether you’re planning a small-scale event with your pod or a glitzy blowout, this recipe offers the proportions for either two cocktails or an entire punch.
- by Trisha Boyer
- by Local Palate