Tuesday, December 30, 2014

15 Champagne Cocktail Recipes For New Year's 2015

15 Simple Champagne Cocktail Recipes to Ring in the New Year



As much as I love experimenting with recipes, it should be no surprise that I also love to try new drinks. Although I don't drink often, my drink of choice is champagne. It makes me feel all grown up and fancy like. Plus I can't, say, speak or even think of the word, "Champagne," without saying it like Christopher Walken on Saturday Night Live... "Champagnyah."


Which of course makes me laugh. Hysterically. Not so grown up or fancy like.

You win some, you lose some I guess.  :)

In the spirit of a Happy New Year, I would like to share 15 easy Champagne Cocktail recipes that are quick, simple, won't break the bank, and are fun and fancy so you can feel all grown up like when toasting the New Year.



Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 Sugar Cube
Bitters
Champagne
Lemon Twist For Garnish

Place sugar cube in champagne flute, sprinkle with bitters, fill glass with champagne, garnish with lemon twist.

Mango Sparkler
ICE
1 1/2 oz Mango Nectar or Juice
1 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 1/2 oz Champagne

Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker, shake, strain to glasses, add champagne.

Sparkling Punch
1/2 C Sugar
1 Bottle Red Burgundy
4 oz Brandy
2 Bottles Champagne
1 Quart Sparkling Water or Sprite or Ginger Ale
Strawberries / Oranges / Berries / Lemons / Lime (Fruit of your choice)

In Punch Bowl or Large Pitcher, combine sugar and red burgundy until dissolved. Add brandy, champagne and sparkling water (or soda). Muddle and or float fruit of your choice for flavor and garnish.

Champagne Mojitos
1 C Simple Syrup
2 C Light Rum
3 C Champagne
1 1/2 C Packed Mint Leaves + Sprigs for Garnish
Limes
Cracked Ice

Combine Simple Syrup with mint leaves and lime wedges, muddle with muddler or wooden spoon. Add rum, stir, strain. Fill tall glass with cracked ice, 2/3 full with strained liquid, top with champagne, garnish with mint sprigs.

Grapefruit Sparkler
1 C Gin
4 tsp Sugar
1/4 C Grapefruit Juice
1 Bottle Champagne
ICE
Lemon Slices

In punch bowl or large pitcher, combine gin and sugar, stir to dissolve. Add juice and champagne. Float ice and lemon slices.

Sunrise Champagne Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 1/2 oz Brandy
1 1/2 oz Champagne
Grenadine

Stir vodka and brandy over cracked ice, strain. Top with champagne and a splash of grenadine.

Mandarin Sparkler
1 oz Mandarin Liquor
4 oz Champagne
Tangerine or Orange Peel for Garnish

Pour liquor and champagne together, add garnish if desired.

French 75
1 1/2 oz Cognac (or Gin for the classic drink)
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Champagne

Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add cognac, syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain to glass, top with champagne. 

Mimosa and Mimosa +
2 oz Orange Juice
4 oz Champagne
1/2 tsp Grenadine
Optional:
1 tsp Grand Marnier or Cointreau 

Combine juice and champagne, top with grenadine and optional liquor. 

Champagne Saboteur 
1 oz Cognac
1 tsp Grand Marnier
4 oz Champagne
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 tsp Grenadine
ICE

Combine ice, cognac, juices and grand marnier in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain. Top with champagne and grenadine.

Cranberry Vodka Sparkler
2 C Fresh or Frozen thawed Cranberries
1 C Sugar
1 C Vodka
2 Bottles Champagne

Puree cranberries, sugar and vodka until smooth. Strain and pour in punch bowl or large pitcher. Add ice and champagne.

Sparkling Sangria
ICE
Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
1 Orange
1/2 Lemon
Strawberries
1 Bottle Champagne

Muddle, rough chop or pulse fruit together, saving all liquid. Combine with champagne in punch bowl or large pitcher.

Coconut Grape Sparkler
12 seedless Grapes 
1 tsp Dark Brown Sugar
2 oz Vodka
2 oz Unsweetened Coconut Water
Crushed Ice

Muddle grapes with brown sugar. Add vodka, coconut water and ice. Stir and pour into glasses and top with champagne.

Cranberry Orange Sparkler
1 C Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1/3 C Orange Liquor (Grand Marnier or Cointreau) 
1 Bottle Champagne
24 oz Ginger Ale

Combine all in punch bowl or large pitcher. Float with ice and orange slices.

Pucker Up Sparkler
1/3 C Orange Juice
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Grenadine
1/3 C Champagne

Combine Juices, top with champagne and grenadine.



Happy New Year my friends! As with everything in life, moderation is key. Enjoy these recipes responsibly, and I hope you all have a very fun and fancy new year, drinking your Champagnyah! 


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