The New Year is upon us. Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! It’s time to celebrate! And here to help is the one-stop-shop solution to all your New Year’s Eve Resolutions…. Champagne, champagne, and more champagne! Don’t question it, just let your tastebuds guide you to the sparkling wines aisle.
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “too much of anything is bad, but too much of champagne is just right,” and believe me, that guy knew how to party. So don’t get caught up in whether or not popping that bottle you’ve been saving is worth it. Chances are it is entirely worth it. There is no time like the present.
But why limit yourself to just sparkling wine in a glass when there is a world of cocktails out there waiting for you. Champagne and other sparkling wines are some of the most popular mixing agents around. Champagne cocktails range from old-school ballroom standards, such as the Classic Champagne Cocktail, to pinnacles of mixological molecular development.
So don’t hold back. Kick off the New Year right with a champagne cocktail before, after, or just as the clocks strike midnight. Here’s four champagne cocktails to get excited about this New Year’s Eve.
This slight twist on the Kir Royale exchanges Creme de Cassis for Framboise liqueur. The most important part remains the same, though. A high quality dry champagne, such as the NV Champagne Delamotte, will do wonders.
Bearing the name of it’s creator, Canon Felix Kir, who also served as mayor of Dijon, France following the end of World War II, the Kir Royale represents the perfect balance of tradition, elegance, and simplicity for New Year’s Eve.
- 1 oz. Framboise liqueur
- Dry Champagne
- Lemon Peel Twist
To make, fill a Champagne flute with one ounce of Framboise Liqueur. Then, top the flute off with Champagne, add your lemon peel twist, and enjoy!
Perhaps you live in a warmer climate than your average depiction of a New Year’s celebration. No snow this year, no matter. The Aperol Spritz can be your New Year’s champagne filler.
Aperol itself, like so many other Italian apéritifs, is a secret concoction of herbs and spices, with orange peel, rhubarb and more, that hits the just the right balance of sweet and bitter.
Bright orange and with a lower alcohol content than other cocktails, the Aperol Spritz provides great refreshment and appetite whetting capability. Think of it as your apéritif to the new year. And since this an Italian drink, of course, prosecco is preferred. Something like the NV Angelini Treviso Prosecco should do you fine, without breaking the bank.
- 2 oz. Aperol
- 3 oz. of prosecco
- 2 oz. (or enough to taste) of club soda
- Orange slices
To make, combine the Aperol and prosecco in a wine glass with ice. Top off with club soda (or just add a splash for a stronger drink) and garnish with fresh orange slices. Bada bing, bada boom. You got yourself a bright orange taste bomb.
This recipe was provided by Esquire.
This blend of brandy, triple sec, champagne, and mint sprigs is a Blue Lifestyle original. It’s the kind of drink that makes you wonder why you can’t put it in a bottle and bring it with you wherever you go. The sweetness of the brandy and triple sec is nicely balanced by a dryer champagne, or can be accentuated with a sweeter variety, and the mint sprig garnish will be appreciated by anybody looking for a kiss near midnight.
- 1 oz. Brandy
- 1 oz. Triple Sec
- Chilled Champagne (to top off)
- Mint sprigs
To prepare, combine the Brandy and Triple Sec in a champagne flute. Top off with your preferred Champagne, such as the NV Le Chemin Du Roi Brut Champagne. Garnish with the mint sprigs and voila! Refreshing and addictive!
This drink can be prepared with a variety of champagnes, from dry to sweeter varieties.
The standard cocktail of brunch hours, the mimosa could be an all day and all night drink if only you let it be. So why does orange juice and champagne work so well together? Something about the dry breadiness of champagne and the sweet acidity of orange juice make for a match made in heaven.
I don’t know the exact science behind what makes the blend so darn tasty (and believe me I looked), but mimosas just seem to work. Plus they are relatively healthy compared to some of the other cocktails available. Vitamin C? Yes, please! And only about 85 calories a glass! There’s really nothing like a good mimosa.
- Orange Juice (fresh squeezed, and strained for pulp is preferable)
- Chilled Champagne
The ratios here are up to you! The traditional mimosa is 50/50 champagne to orange juice, but there is nothing stopping you from going a little more on either side. In fact, you can eschew the orange juice completely, in favor of one of the many mimosa off-shoots: cranberry mimosas, mango mimosas, pineapple mimosas, grapefruit mimosas… you get the idea. Fruit juice + champagne is a winning combination. So long as you pick a great champagne or sparkling wine you should be good.
Much like the new year to come, how you enjoy your mimosa will be up to you.
So, that’s it. Go out and make some champagne cocktail history. Stay safe, and we will see you all in 2021! Happy New Year’s!
By Aldo Moreno