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11 Champagne Cocktails to Sip While Watching the Ball Drop
The bubbly is bound to flow when the clock strikes midnight, but that doesn't mean you have to drink it straight (or straight out of the bottle). Sipping champagne to toast the New Year will never go out of style, but mixologists throughout the country are shaking things up with Champagne cocktails. You can use other types of more affordable sparklers, like Italian prosecco or Spanish cava, but of course, the traditional French wine is always preferred. READ: 8 Lucky New Year's Foods From Around the World Ready to make your night sparkle? Let your creative side shine and try out these fabulously flavorful Champagne cocktail ideas:
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Cassis Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients 1 oz. crème de cassis 4 oz. champagne 1 rosemary sprig fresh cranberries Preparation In a champagne glass combine champagne and crème de cassine. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.
(Celebrity Caterer and Lenox Home Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)

Clementine Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients .75 oz. homemade fennel syrup .75 oz. lemon juice 1.5 oz. Tito’s Vodka .5 oz. Lillet Rose 1 clementine 1 clementine slice champagne 1 sprig of thyme Preparation Squeeze one clementine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Add syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and Lillet Rose and shake. Pour mixture into a wine glass and top with champagne. Add sprig of thyme and clementine slice for garnish.
(Mulberry Project in New York)

Emily Post

Ingredients ¾ oz. Chandon Brut Champagne ½ oz. Crème de Violette blackberries Preparation Fill champagne flute with ¾ oz. champagne and top with crème de violette liqueur. Garnish with blackberries.
(Mixologust Lauren Lathrop Williams of Jsix/LOUNGEsix in San Diego)

Rose Sangaree

Ingredients 4 orange slices 4 cucumber slices raspberries fresh basil leaves fresh mint 2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur 1 bottle rose Preparation Muddle fresh ingredients together with elderflower liqueur. Add to a pitcher filled with ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with fruit.
(Comme Ca in West Hollywood)

The Hendricks Experience

Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Hendricks Gin ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice ¾ oz. Thai basil syrup champagne 1 lemon wheel 1 basil leaf Preparation Add gin, lemon juice, and syrup into shaker. Shake with ice and strain over ice in rocks glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with lemon wheel and basil leaf.
(Hatfield's in Los Angeles)

Negroni Sbagliato

Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth ¾ oz. Campari 4 ½ oz. champagne (prosecco was used in the original recipe) 1 orange peel Preparation Build ingredients into ice-filled wine glass. Garnish with orange peel.
(Bar manager Paul McGee of RPM Italian in Chicago)

Daisy Fay

Ingredients ½ oz. house-made blackberry and orange simple syrup (recipe below) 5 oz. champagne 1 orange twist Preparation First, make blackberry and orange simple syrup by combining water and sugar in saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil until sugar dissolves. Remove saucepan from heat, then add blackberries and orange peel. Steep the mixture for 20 minutes, or until the desired flavor is achieved. Strain out solids and store syrup in refrigerator for up to several weeks. To make drink, add syrup to a chilled flute or coup glass. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with orange twist.
(Restaurant and bar manager Matt Sayer of The Willcox Hotel in South Carolina/courtesy of Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

The Parasol

Ingredients ½ oz. Lillet Blanc ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur ½ oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water combined) ¾ oz. lemon juice 3 oz. champagne Preparation Add all ingredients except champagne in a shaker filled with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne.
(Bar manager Paul McGee of RPM Italian in Chicago)

Midnight in Paris

Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Grey Goose Vodka ½ oz. crème de peche ¼ oz. Yellow Chartreuse liqueur ½ oz. fresh lemon juice Brut Champagne 2 cucumber slices 1 lemon peel Preparation Add the cucumber and lemon juice to a shaker and muddle for a few seconds. Then add vodka, crème de peche, Yellow Chartreuse, and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a flute glass. Top with champagne. Add a lemon peel for garnish.
(Mixologist Nate Howell of Cusp Dining & Drinks in California)

Pink Power

Ingredients ¾ oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey ¼ oz. Luxardo Amaro liqueur ½ oz. Aperol ½ oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur 2 dashes pomegranate bitters 2 oz. champagne Preparation Stir all ingredients, except champagne, in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a flute. Top with champagne.
(Melibea in New York)

11 Champagne Cocktails to Sip While Watching the Ball Drop

The bubbly is bound to flow when the clock strikes midnight, but that doesn't mean you have to drink it straight (or straight out of the bottle). Sipping champagne to toast the New Year will never go out of style, but mixologists throughout the country are shaking things up with Champagne cocktails. You can use other types of more affordable sparklers, like Italian prosecco or Spanish cava, but of course, the traditional French wine is always preferred. READ: 8 Lucky New Year's Foods From Around the World Ready to make your night sparkle? Let your creative side shine and try out these fabulously flavorful Champagne cocktail ideas:

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