What is a New Year’s Eve party without the bubbly? Not a party. One way to make the champagne stretch for the late night festivities is Champagne Cocktails. Only bubbly made in that region in France can call itself “Champagne.” However, Italy’s version is called Prosecco, while Spain’s version of the bubbly goodness is “Cava.” Just like other cocktails, when mixing liqueurs and spirits you do not need top shelf. However, you do not want bottom of the barrel either. If you are mixing your champagne with a sweet liqueur like elderflower, you want a dry less fruity bubbly. Always in the fridge bubbly is Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava. It goes well for weekend brunch mimosas and is great for sipping alone. Depending on your wine vendor, it ranges anywhere from $8-14 a bottle. However, based on your drinking palate and what you’re serving with your holiday party, talk to your local sommelier for suggestions based on your menu and budget. Below are three Champagne Cocktail suggestions to ring in the New Year properly!
1 oz. champagneAdd ingredients except champagne in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with Champagne. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
1 oz. Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Vodka
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Honey Syrup
2 oz. California Sparkling Wine
Add ingredients except sparkling wine in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with sparkling California wine. Garnish with an expressed long lemon peel.
Lemon Twist, garnish
Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and garnish.