When we think of New Year's Eve drinks, the first thing we think of is Champagne. After all, what goes together better than bringing in the New Year while toasting the people around you with a fabulous glass of bubbly, especially after a season of heavy holiday meals. For those who aren’t into it that much, there are plenty of ways to make it taste even better. Mixing it with other flavours and liquors can open a variety of fun festive drinks, especially when it’s combined with blood orange juice, Campari, or even lemon sorbet. Plus, it's way more fun to ring in a new year while drinking something that looks just as awesome as it tastes, right?
We’ve listed some of our favourite Champagne cocktails below which are all easy to make with most featuring festive colours and flavours. Whether you need to make a large bowl of punch for a giant party or you want to do something a little more sophisticated, we've got you covered.
1. Mojito Royale with Champagne
For a fresh, minty experience, try a Mojito Royale. Shake together one shot of white rum, a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, a dash of sugar syrup and a few mint leaves with ice (that’s the Mojito part); strain it into a glass, top up with fizz, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
2. Clementine and Champagne Bellini
For a citrusy, Christmas-y twist on the Bellini (which is one-third peach juice or nectar with two-thirds Prosecco), try a Clementine Bellini. Just substitute the peach with the juice from freshly squeezed clementine’s and add a shot of Cointreau before topping up with chilled fizz.
3. Pomegranate and Orange Prosecco Punch
A Prosecco punch is a great for a party because it's so easy to serve and a more cost-effective way to serve a party full of people. These ice-cubes are filled with mint leaves and pomegranate seeds, which add flavour and come out as they melt. To make the ice cubes: Place 1-2 mint leaves in each space of an ice cube tray. Divide ¼ to ⅓ cup of the pomegranate seeds among the ice cube spaces. Fill with water and freeze for 4 hours or longer, until solid. Mix the pomegranate juice, orange juice and orange liqueur in a large punch bowl over the ice cubes. Add the champagne and stir. Add slices of orange juice and the remaining pomegranate seeds to the juice and serve. Add more mint leaves as garnish if desired.
Ingredients: 1 cup pomegranate seeds, separated, ½ cup mint leaves, 4 cups pomegranate juice 3 cups orange juice, ½ cup orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier, 2 bottles (750 ml) Champagne, Sparkling white wine or Prosecco such as Botegga, and 1 orange, sliced.
4. Pear and Cranberry Champagne
Both pear and cranberry are classic winter flavours, making this perfect for the holiday season. The rosemary sprigs on top make this cocktail even more festive. Mix 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part each pear nectar and cranberry juice. Add a dash of orange bitters (optional). Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries.
5. A quick Prosecco Cocktail