It’s New Year’s Eve! The guests have RSVPed “Yes!”, the noise makers have been purchased and confetti is set to deploy; you’re New Year’s Eve celebration is nearly ready. But wait, something is missing. Something bubbly, perhaps? Yes, of course! You’re missing the BOOZE!
You simply can’t ring in the New Year without the champagne; that would be un-American. And while the crisp and effervescent taste of champagne is a delicious treat, it could use some sprucing up. So, as your official Party Booze Captain, I took it upon myself to scour the web for the most delicious champagne cocktails to add a little *sparkle* to your NYE party. Please enjoy responsibly.
Raspberry Sparkler | Via somethingturquoise.com
- dry sparkling wine
- fresh raspberries
- 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur (i.e. Chambord)
Do: Place raspberries at the bottom of a champagne flute. Add a splash of raspberry liqueur. Top off with sparkling wine of your choice.
Pink Lemonade Champagne | Via valsocal.blogspot.com
- 1 pink lemonade
- 1 bottle champagne (chilled)
- 1 cup vanilla vodka
- sugar for rim
- ice cubes (optional)
Do: Mix the vodka and pink lemonade in a pitcher. Add sugar to rim of glasses. Pour vodka/lemonade mixture into glass. Top off with champagne of your choice.
Sparkling Champagne Cider | Via stylemepretty.com
- Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- Apple Cider
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Coarse Sugar or Cinnamon
Do: Combine Pumpkin Pie Spice and Coarse Sugar in bowl. Pour a bit of the apple cider in another bowl. Dip the glass rim in the apple cider then dip into the spice mixture. Fill each flute with a mixture of 3/4 champagne to 1/4 cider.
Champagne Jello Shots | Via 1finecookie.com
- boiling water
- unflavored gelatin
- sprinkles (optional)
- food coloring (optional)
Do: Boil water and pour 1/2 cup into a bowl. Sprinkle two envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the water (add food coloring at this point if you want). Once cooled, pour 2 1/2 cups of cold champagne over gelatin mixture. Mix together until dissolved. Pour it into a small baking dish lined with wax paper. Refrigerate. Once firm, cut jello into squares and place on a serving dish. Add sprinkles for a little shimmer.
Homemade Angostura Sugar Cubes & Champagne Cocktail | Via reclaimingprovincial.com
- 1 cup of superfine sugar
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 fl oz.) of Angostura bitters
- twist of lemon
Do: Combine sugar and bitters in a bowl and stir until liquid is evenly distributed. Press into molds, packing it down as much as possible. Microwave at 50% power for 20–30 seconds (you can also let the molds sit out overnight to dry and harden) Once set, pop the cubes out of the mold. Place sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add another dash of bitters if, you’d like. Top with champagne, then garnish with the twist of lemon.
Champagne Etoile | Via cocokelley.com
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- Bourbon of your liking
- sparkling wine (i.e. Prosecco), chilled
- Lemons, cut into wedges
Do: Combine the sugar, water, bean and seeds in small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature and discard the bean. Add a shot of bourbon and two tablespoons the vanilla bean syrup to a chilled champagne flute. Fill to the top with sparkling wine. Squeeze lemon juice into glass and drop rind in.
Try one (or a few) of these recipes and toast to 2016! Happy New Year!
Please enjoy responsibly.
Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay