Toasting with 2012 a bottle of bubbly or two? Don’t let everyone’s favorite holiday drink go to waste. Splurging on premier French sparkling wine
for the biggest party night ever is a no-brainer, but you don’t need to be a trained mixologist just to shake things up. Champagne
will be flowing all throughout the night and fortunately, there’s a lot more you can do with it to keep the festivities going. Learn how you can easily whip up some of this season’s most sought after champagne cocktails, ranging from lip smacking sweet to strong and powerful. Let the bottle poppin’ begin!
Shore Club’s Lemon Spritz
If you happen to be lucky enough to celebrate New Year's Eve
in Miami, then make sure you visit outdoor oasis Skybar at The Shore Club
, which will feature one of the tastiest concoctions in town. Their Lemon Spritz is no watered down boxed wine. Rather, it’s a zesty elixir featuring chilled Italian limoncello, sweet simple syrup, and plenty of bubbly. It’s a sun soaked treat that’s perfect for beach parties day or night.
.5 oz. Lemon juice
.5 oz. Simple syrup
.25 oz. Limoncello
3 oz. Champagne
1 Lemon twist
Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and limoncello to mixing glass filled with ice. Add champagne and stir. Strain into flute. Float grenadine with a bar spoon. Garnish with lemon twist.
Stoli Mixed Beri Belini
Everyone is familiar with the classic Venetian Bellini, a thirst quenching alternative to usual Mimosas at brunch, but this New Year's Eve
, make your favorite drink taste all the more sweeter. The Stoli Mixed Beri Belini, created by Stoli Brand Ambassador Charlotte Voisey, highlights two types of smooth vodka infused with juicy raspberries and blueberries, as well as fresh blackberry puree. This may be exactly what your guests need after they party until tomorrow afternoon.
¾ part Stoli Razberi
¾ part Stoli Blueberi
1 part Blackberry puree (or 4 berries muddled, either raspberry or blackberry)
2 parts Champagne
Combine Stoli and puree in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a single raspberry.
Sparkling Cinnamon Apple
Add a little spice to your holiday season with a crisp, delicious new cocktail that’s certain to keep the ladies and gents begging for more. This year, Morton’s The Steakhouse is unveiling their Sparkling Cinnamon Apple, a medley of champagne, light bodied beer with notes of crunchy apples dipped in honey, plus homemade whipped cream. The Sparkling Cinnamon Apple is a welcoming complement for any New Year’s Eve dinner right before toasting.
4 oz. Champagne (or Lunetta Prosecco)
2 oz. Lindemans Pomme (Green Apple) Lambic
½ oz. Monin Honey Syrup
2 oz. Homemade whipped cream (4 oz. heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1 dash of vanilla)
First make homemade whipped cream by mixing heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Then, create cocktail by pouring all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously 25 times. Add two spoonfuls of whipped cream on top of cocktail.
Who says you can’t make champagne fun? For New Year’s Eve, explore new ways to celebrate in style
by adding unique spirits to your favorite sparkler. Aside from being a deep royal hue, the SKYY Violet highlights ice cold vodka, orange bitters, and a sweet liqueur made with blooming violets.
1.5 oz. SKYY Vodka
.75 oz. Crème de Violette
3 Champagne (or any other dry sparkling wine/processo)
3 dashes Free Brothers or Angostura Orange Bitters
1 Orange twist
Stir vodka, orange bitters, and crème de violette with ice. Strain into champagne coup or flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.
Patrons are always craving for sweet treats at night, so why not serve a tantalizing dessert just for adults? The alluring Moët Riviera is a mouthwatering heat buster made with premier champagne, smooth vodka, and lemon sorbet. Just be careful, the Moët Riviera is so enchanting that guests may not even pay attention to the clock when it strikes 12.
3 oz. Moët
¼ oz. Chopin Vodka
2 tsp. Lemon sorbet
1 ½ oz. Lemon juice
Add all ingredients except Moët to a chilled martini glass. Top with Moët and add lemon zest.
Wild Turkey Champagne
We get it, Thanksgiving ended ages ago, but rest assure, this cocktail has nothing to do with that other holiday. The Wild Turkey Champagne stands out on its own because it’s one of the very few champagne cocktails prepared with bourbon. Not only is it a surprising twist, but the fiery spirit and delicate bubbles enhance the sweetness of peach-infused liqueur, ensuring that it will satisfy all picky patrons. Plus, it’s easy to make, which means more time for dining and dancing beyond the ball drop.
1 oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon 101
0.5 oz. Peach liqueur
3 dash Bitters
Mix bourbon, peach liqueur, and bitters in a champagne goblet. Top off with champagne.
When an elixir is named after the French 75mm artillery, you know it’s going to have a powerful kick. The French 75 is a classic that has yet to go out of fashion. According to cocktail lore, the French 75 was created by a World War I fighter pilot who found champagne to be weak alone. Therefore, like any self-respecting gent, he decided to add gin. Today, the French 75 reigns supreme as one of the strongest concoctions around
. This variation includes cognac and Sofia Blanc de Blancs, a fruity sparkler featuring notes of ripe apples and pears. Don’t worry, this French 75 isn’t for cocktail rookies. See for yourself after having one!
1 ½ oz. Cognac
Francis Ford Coppola’s Sofia Blance de Blancs
1 Lemon twist
Add cognac, a splash of simple syrup, and a splash of lemonade in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into tall glass. Top with Sofia Blance de Blancs, fill to rim. Garnish with a twist of lemon and/or cherry.
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