There’s nothing like popping open a bottle of champagne to bid farewell to 2014 with style. But if you’re feeling adventurous tonight, here are some cocktail ideas to spruce up your bubbly.
Blackberry Fizz Martini
Recipe from Climbing Grier Mountain. Makes 2 cocktails.
This cocktail mixes gin and champagne and brings some flavors from the summer.
- 1 container fresh blackberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups gin
- 1 cup lime juice
- 2 lime wedges.
- 4 limed wedges
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon course ground pepper
- In a blender, puree blackberries with sugar. Puree until sugar has dissolved. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. Take the blackberry-sugar mixture and strain it through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the seeds once it’s been strained.
- In a large pitcher, add the blackberry, gin, and lime juice. Stir to combine. On a small plate, combine salt and pepper. Take a lime wedge and rub the lime around the top of the glass. Flip the glass over and coat the rim of the glass with the salt and pepper mixture.
- Fill each glass with ice. Divide blackberry mixture evenly between glasses. Fill the rest with champagne and garnish with lime wedge.
Recipe from The Crepes of Wrath. Makes 2 cocktails.
Skip the champagne and use other sparkling wines for this twist on the traditional cocktail.
- 2 ounces Campari
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 ounces dry gin
- Sparkling wine (like prosecco or moscato d’asti), to finish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds, then pour over chilled glasses (they can also be filled with ice or not, this is up to you). Top with sparkling wine and enjoy.
Lemon Drop Champagne Punch
Recipe from Martha Stewart. Makes 8 servings.
When life gives you lemons, mix them with champagne and vodka.
- 3 lemons, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Champagne, chilled
- ¾ cup best-quality vodka, chilled
- 4 ounces candied lemon peels
- With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. Juice lemons, and strain pulp (you should have ¾ cup juice). Set aside.
- Heat sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add zest. Let syrup cool completely, about 2 hours.
- Pour Champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl; stir. Serve glasses of punch with candied peels.
Cork County Bubbles
Recipe from mixologist John Coltharp for Food and Wine. Makes 1 cocktail.
This cocktail, inspired by a traditional drink in Ireland’s Cork County, mixes champagne and whiskey.
- 1 ounce Irish whiskey
- ¼ ounce yellow Chartreuse
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey mixed with ½ teaspoon warm water
- 1 ounce chilled Champagne
- 1 lemon twist, preferably spiral-cut, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the Champagne and garnish, and shake well.
- Strain into a chilled flute, stir in the Champagne and garnish with the twist.
OK, not a recipe. But when in doubt, just go for a glass of bubbly to greet the new year. You can garnish simply with a raspberry or slice of strawberry for a little something special.
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