December 30, 2013
Put That Champagne on Ice
6 champagne cocktails to make your NYE really POP!
This New Year’s Eve, don’t fall prey to that tragic been-there-sipped-that drinker’s block when it comes to the big toast. Upgrade that glass of bubbly with any of the below recipes! Happy New Year, love SS!
Martha’s Berry Little Cocktail via Martha Stewart
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka
2 oz champagne
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz black currant juice or blackberry puree
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discarding liquid, and place cranberries on a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer and chill at least 2 hours. Mix together vodka, champagne, cranberry, and currant juice in a champagne glass. Garnish with a skewer of 4 or 5 frozen cranberries. Reserve remaining cranberries for another drink.
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail via Zested
Thinly sliced cucumber
Fill a tumbler with ice. Fill 3/4 of the glass with dry champagne. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint. Top off with St Germain.
Pomegranate Champagne Punch via Martha Stewart
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
1/4 cup orange- flavored liquer, such as Grand Marnier
1 bottle champagne
In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange flavored liquer. Slowly add champagne. Serve over ice.
Pear Nectar and Thyme Mimosa via The Glitter Guide
1 chilled bottle of champagne
12 oz pear nectar
4-6 sprigs of thyme
Fill each glass with 3 oz of peach nectar and a sprig of thyme. Top with champagne and add an additional sprig of thyme to garnish. For entertaining, combine chilled wine and pear nectar in a pitcher with 6 sprigs of thyme.
Champagne Punch via Martha Stewart
1 thinly sliced peach
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Simple Syrup
1 bottle champagne
In a pitcher, combine ice, peach, raspberries, blueberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Slowly pour in champagne.
Citrusy Champagne Sangria via Kiran Tarun
4 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 cup ginger ale
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 blood orange, thinly sliced
3 clementines, thinly sliced
1 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1 bottle of chilled champagne
Prepare simple syrup by stirring sugar and water until sugar completely dissolves. Keep in refrigerator to chill while prepping other ingredients. In a tall pitcher, add all fruits and grapefruit juice, salt, simple syrup, and ginger ale. Chill in refrigerator for a few hours. to serve, add sangria to a glass and top it with bubbly champagne.
Got a little left over? Really? Catch Erica’s tip on how to keep that bubbly bubbly!
Opening image taken from Erin & Christina’s Sweet Soiree.
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