Cheerily toasting the new year with your friends, families, and neighbors while watching the fireworks is a beautiful tradition. And let's be honest, most of us start the champagne-drinking hours before. But why not jazz up the whole thing a little and upgrade your regular glass of bubbly for a change and serve some fabulous Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve instead?
Ready to impress your guests? Here is a list of seven elegant, exquisite, and super-easy-to-make Champagne Cocktails for a perfect New Year's Eve Party.
1. Royal Bramble
The Royal Bramble is a glamorous combination of Gin, Champagne, and blackberry. It is the luxurious and sparkling twist on the blackberry-flavored regular Bramble cocktail.
1 oz Gin
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz Crème de Mûre
2.5 oz Champagne
blackberry and 1/2 lemon wheel for garnish
Combine Gin, lemon juice, and Crème de Mûre in a tumbler and stir for a few seconds. Strain over ice into your cocktail glass and fill up with the Champagne. Then skewer a Blackberry and half a lemon wheel on a cocktail pick.
2. French 75
The French 75 is an absolutely classic Champagne Cocktail. The original version of this drink contained Absinthe and Calvados and was so high in ABV that it reminded people of the fast-firing French field gun, the 75mm caliber. Hence the name. Today's version is way more refined and a really elegant sip for New Year's Eve.
1.5 oz Dry Gin
2.5 oz Louis Roederer Brut Premier
0.5 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 bsp Simple syrup
1 lemon peel twist for garnish
Put Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into your shaker and shake with lots of ice until the mixture is well-chilled. Then strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Add the lemon peel as garnish, and cheers!
3. Kir Royale
The Kir Royale is another famous and elegant Champagne Cocktail for New Year's Eve, and it consists of two ingredients only. So this one will look and taste fabulous, plus it is incredibly easy to prepare. The Kir Royale is a perfect option if you want to offer a refined and sophisticated sip without having to go through the trouble of extra prep time.
4 oz Champagne
0.5 oz creme de cassis
Pour the creme de cassis in your champagne glass and fill up with the Champagne or Sparkling wine of your choice. You can use a lime or an orange peel for garnish, or Raspberries also work very well with a Kir Royale.
4. Russian Spring Punch
The Russian Spring Punch, invented in the 1980s in London, is somewhat of a spiked version of the Kir Royale. It was born when the renowned bartender Dick Bradsell helped out some of his friends who wanted to throw a decadent party on a budget. He made a virtue of necessity and created this drink, which led to an epic night.
1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz creme de cassis
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 – 2 oz Brut Champagne
Add Vodka, Creme de cassis, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until well-chilled and strain over ice into your glass. Top up with Champagne, and you're ready to get the party started.
5. Porn Star Martini
The Porn Star Martini is a fruity, fun, and unique cocktail with an intense passion fruit flavor. Also, it is a very unusual way to drink your Champagne, as you serve it on the side and not actually mixed into the cocktail.
2 Passion fruits
2 oz Vanilla flavored Vodka
0.5 oz Passoã
0.25 oz Vanilla simple syrup
0.5 oz Lime juice
2-4 oz Champagne
Cut the two passion fruits in half, scoop out the flesh of three halves into your shaker, and put the remaining half aside. Add Vodka, Passoã, syrup, and lime juice shake with plenty of ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with the remaining half passion fruit.
Pour Champagne into a Flute or shot glass and serve it beside the cocktail. Now drink alternately from the cocktail and the bubbly.
6. Mimosa Margarita
2 oz orange juice
2 oz Champagne
0.5 oz Tequila (Silver)
0.25 oz lime juice
Fleur de sel for the rim
Cover the rim of your champagne glass with lime and dip it into fleur de sel. Then combine orange juice, Tequila, and lime juice in a tumbler and stir for a few seconds. Carefully pour the mix into your prepared champagne glass and top it off with the Champagne. Garnish with the lime wheel. Cheers!
7. Champagne Cocktail
Last but not least, the classic Champagne Cocktail. A very exclusive and festive cocktail for your New Year's Eve Party. Cognac, sugar, and bitters underline the delicate taste of Champagne instead of diverting from it. That's why you absolutely should go with a quality Champagne or sparkling wine here.
3.5 oz Brut Champagne
1 oz Cognac
3 dash Angostura bitters
1 Sugar cube
lemon peel for garnish
Soak the sugar cube with Angostura bitters and drop it into a chilled Champagne glass. Then pour 1 oz of chilled Cognac over the soaked cube. Fill up with Champagne and cheers to the new year.
Of course, for all these New Year's Eve cocktails, you can replace Champagne with your favorite kind of sparkling wine - alcoholic or not. I only have two general recommendations: don't use overly sweet bubbly; go with something semi-dry or dry. And, also, opt for something more on the fizzy side -especially with Prosecco, where there is frizzante and spumante (the one with more sparkly). Otherwise, your Champagne Cocktails might fall flat too fast.