Whether 2015 was your year or not, it still deserves an appropriate send off. What is more appropriate than sparkling, celebratory wine? While champagne—and its sexy Italian cousin prosecco—are quite tasty straight, both are also a posh ingredient to a number of creative cocktails. As you usher in 2016, don’t forget to turn the fresh calendar page toasting to cocktails that look as good as they taste. Below are our favorite, easy-to-make sparkling wine cocktails that will make New Year’s Eve that much more glamorous.
To create a simple yet classic cocktail this New Year’s Eve, test out Parker & Quinn’s “Fleur-de-lis”, made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, St. Germaine, fresh lemon juice, pomegranate blueberry juice, prosecco, and honey. Available at Parker & Quinn – 64 West 39th Street, New York, N.Y.
1.5 oz Grey Goose Cherry Noir
0.5 oz St. Germaine
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Honey Simple
0.5 oz Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
0.75 oz Prosecco
In a Mixing Glass, shake Grey Goose, St. Germaine, Fresh Lemon, Honey, and Pomegranate Juice with ice. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
Glass: Champagne Flute
Garnish: Three blueberries
For a New York Classic, whip up a “French ‘75” made with 18 Brooklyn Gin, lemon juice, a splash of simple syrup and bubbles from La Marca Prosecco. Available at Winnie’s Jazz Bar located inside of Refinery Hotel – 63 West 38th Street, New York, N.Y.
1.5 Brooklyn gin
0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
0. 25 oz of simple syrup
Shake ingredients and strain into a flute glass
Top with Prosecco
Garnish: lemon peel
Ginger Fizz is a sure way to please the senses this New Year’s Eve. To recreate this delicious cocktail you will need:
1 part The Classic (order at Owl’s Brew for a complete line of tea mixers)
1 part Champagne
1/2 part Ginger Liqueur
Shake The Classic and Ginger Liqueur with ice. Strain and pour into champagne glass. Top with Champagne.
New Year’s Eve is “Martini Thyme” – create this cocktail at home using Bombay Sapphire, thyme simple syrup, fresh lime juice, peach purée, and top with prosecco for a bubbly effect. Available at Refinery Rooftop – 63 West 38th Street, New York, N.Y.
2 oz Bombay sapphire
1.5oz thyme simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz peach puree
Top with Prosecco
Add all contents (with the exception of Prosecco) into a mixing glass shake then strain into glass, top with prosecco and add garnish with sprig of thyme.
Garnish: Spring of thyme
Chandon’s Lavender-Lime Fizz
Soft and subtle like spring itself, the lavender provides an unexpected lift to this classic combination. The perfect promise of months ahead.
1 oz lavender simple syrup
2 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz Brut Classic
Pour the simple syrup and lime juice in a decorative glass and stir to mix. Add the Brut and serve.
Bonus: How can we forget, below are a few of our favorite bubbly to use when creating your NYE cocktails.
Altaneve is a classic Italian sparkling wine epitomizing the best Prosecco the world has to offer.
Recently released, The Blanc de Noirs has rested in the cellars in France since it was bottled in 2009, before it was finally disgorged in early 2015. Less than 3,000 bottles will be released. The Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs, also a new varietal, was crafted with fruit from some of the best Pinot Noir producing villages of Champagne, including Verzy, Verzenay and Chigny-les-Roses. The Blanc de Noirs features peach, apricot and red berry aromas, which are followed by crystalized citrus, orange blossom and hints of brioche. There are also hints of mint and a very light toastiness
Embellished with festive gold text, The Chandon Limited Edition bottle is a perfect host gift and affordable way to send your “Bestie Wishes” this season.
For a lavish holiday party,opt for the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006. The “King of Champagne” has teamed with musician Björk and video director Chris Cunningham to create a limited edition for the holiday season.
As you revel in the evening, the dynamic layers of this vintage champagne – from citrus aromas to nutty finishing notes – unravel like the memories of the past year. An evening not only to reflection upon what has been, but to celebrate ambitions for the future; Brut Millésimé 2006’s elegant bubbles elicit excitement for the year to come. Ring in the New Year with Champagne Laurent-Perrier.
This year, Moët has released a limited edition artistic collaboration with world-renowned designer Marcelo Burlon. The Moët & Chandon Nectar Rosé Marcelo Burlon bottles are exquisitely embellished with exotic tiger print and Burlon’s futuristic touch. Available in Copper, Gold, and White.
The incomparable finesse of this cuvée results from a blend of eight of the House’s traditional Grands Crus. La Grande Dame was created for very special occasions and also make for the perfect addition to an intimate dinner party or sipping when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
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