Bubbly Cocktail Recipes For Your New Year's Party
Looking forward to toasting in the New Year, but cocktails are more your scene? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
There may be only a few days left before the end of the year, but there’s one heck of a party between now and then. When it comes to sipping and celebrating, bubbles can’t be beat. Nothing screams party more than the popping of a cork and the glasses of effervescent fun that follow.
There are plenty of ways to bring bubbles and booze together in combinations that are easy to make, and even easier to sip. Here are some of our favorites.
A mixture of Prosecco, elderberry syrup, lime, and mint, the Hugo is as simple to make as it is refreshing. Thought to originate from the Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy the name comes from an old Germanic word for “spirit”, and dates back to around 2005 when bartenders from the region wanted to create an alternative to the ubiquitous Aperol Spritz.
The dominant flavor in a Hugo comes from the elderflower syrup, giving the drink a bright, floral flavor instead of the slightly bitter tones of a Spritz. The mint and lime add breezy tang and subtle flavor. If you can’t find the syrup (rumor has it IKEA sells it), it’s pretty easy to make if you have access to the fresh flowers. Of course you could always live my life and substitute the syrup for St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Keep in mind doing so also means upping the alcohol content. That fact doesn’t bother me a bit, and after you take a sip, it won’t bother you either.
(Pro tip: Make this using already-chilled ingredients to preserve as much effervescence as possible. And, the better the Prosecco, the better the final cocktail.)
Makes 1 cocktail
- 4 ounces Prosecco
- 1 ounce elderflower syrup or St. Germain liqueur
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 1 lime wedge
Muddle mint leaves in a white wine glass. Add lime wedge and ice. Pour in elderflower syrup or liqueur and top with Prosecco. Stir and serve.
Pear & Cava Cocktail
Once called “Spanish Champagne” because it is made the same way as the famous French bubbly, this refreshing sipper is the pride of Catalonia. Crisp and sassy, Cava takes really well to fruit juices and purees. This flavorful concoction blends the sharp angles of Cava with the soft curves of pear juice. A little vodka adds a little something under the hood and keep the party moving along. If you want to really turn up the festive look, sprinkle a few pomegranate arils on top as you serve it.
Makes 1 cocktail
- 3 ounces Cava, chilled
- 1 ounce vodka, chilled
- 2 ounces pear juice, chilled
- Pomegranate arils (optional)
Mix pear juice and vodka in a white wine glass. Fill glass with Cava. Top with pomegranate arils if desired.
Strawberry Champagne Cocktail
When I reach for sparkling wine cocktails, it’s because I want to sip something refreshing that won’t weigh my palate down. Chances are I’ll be going a few rounds, and I don’t want to drink anything too heavy or intense. I tried this recipe from Genius Kitchen a few years ago, and...yowza.
This can be made with either fresh or frozen berries, but it really shines with fresh fruit. The elegant and sophisticated flavors of Champagne play off the sweet berry tones perfectly but if you’re not up for the Champagne budget, not to worry. France makes a range of excellent wines called Cremant that will do the trick nicely at half the price. The combination of sweet strawberry puree, bright lemon juice, and sparkling wine really comes together in a cocktail you can sip all. night. Long.
Makes 1 cocktail
- ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 8 ounces Champagne or Cremant
Rinse and haul strawberries, saving one for decoration if desired. Blend berries, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla extract in a blender until pureed. Add puree to a Champagne flute, fill glass with ice-cold Champagne. Garnish with strawberry if desired and serve.