Each year we come up with a list of Champagne cocktails for you to try in the new year. This year we have an even bigger list. Keep in mind that while these are “Champagne” cocktails, you can always substitute with less expensive options such as prosecco or cava. And as a rule, your Champagne (and your glass) should be chilled for all these libations.
To chill your glasses, simply fill them with ice and water and let them sit for about 5 minutes.
Aphrodite: 1/2 oz white peach juice, 1/2 oz raspberry puree, 3 oz Champagne, fresh raspberries. Pour all the ingredients (except the bubbly) into your flute. Top with Champagne. Dress with 3 fresh raspberries.
Black Velvet: 3 oz Guiness & 3 oz Champagne (both chilled). Pour Guiness into a chilled flute. Top with Champagne.
Cartagena: 1 oz dark rum, 1 oz banana puree, 1 oz mango puree, 1 oz pineapple puree, 3 oz Champagne. Put all ingredients (except bubbly) into a shaker with ice. Shake & strain into a flute and top with Champagne.
Jumping Jelly Bean: 1 oz blanco tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 3 oz Champagne. Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice (except the Champagne). Strain into a martini glass and top with Champagne.
Lady Macbeth: 3 oz Champagne, 1 oz ruby port, twist of lemon. Pour the bubbly into your flute. Slowly incorporate the port. Do not blend. Rub the lemon peel on the rim, drop into the drink.
Lover’s Kiss: 3/4 oz strawberry puree, 3/4 oz triple sec, 3 oz Champagne. Shake the puree and triple sec in a shaker with ice. Strain into a flute and top with Champagne.
Mango Madness: 1 oz vodka, 1 oz mango puree, splash apricot liqueur, 3 oz Champagne. Put all ingredients (minus the bubbly) in a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled flute and top with bubbly.
Meyer Lemon: 2 tbsp softened lemon sorbet, 1/2 oz Cointreau, 3 oz Champagne. Combine the sorbet with the Cointreau in a Champagne flute and slowly top with Champagne.
Mexican Fizz: 1 oz Blanco tequila, 1 oz creme de cassis, 1 oz Champagne. Pour the tequila and creme into a highball glass. Add the Champagne slowly and stir gently to merely incorporate the ingredients.
Twinkling Pinneaple: 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Champagne, 1/4 oz pineapple juice. Stir the vodka and Champagne in a martini glass. Top with Champagne and dress with edible flowers (if you can get them).
December 27th, 2011