When the cork pops at midnight, the real fireworks begin in your glass. Remember that Champagne delights in company: It’s the official beverage of celebrations after all.
Keep the party flowing by offering your New Year’s guests something beyond straight bubbles. Sparkling wine and Champagne dance a lively salsa on the tongue when partnered with the likes of gin, St-Germain and Aperol. Don’t believe it? Let these carefree coupes and flutes be your guide.
Jacques Bezuidenhout created the Champagne cocktail’s rebellious cousin by drawing inspiration from the apple orchard with rich Calvados and tossing in a sly poke of orange essence and Angostura bitters.
Get the recipe for the Forbidden Apple.
This star-studded coupe marries three assertive flavor elements: herbal, floral and bitter. Rounding out the suave trifecta of Plymouth Gin, St-Germain and Aperol? A welcome—and thankfully, lighthearted—float of Champagne.
Get the recipe for the Nomayo.
Meet the classic cocktail that gin and cognac connoisseurs can always agree on. Named for a powerful World War I field gun obscured in a tiny frame, the French 75 is similarly small yet mighty. Enhanced only with lemon juice and simple syrup, this strong spirit-and-Champagne coupling is locked, loaded and ready for combat.
Get the recipe for the French 75.
Who says all New Year’s cocktails need be golden? Light a spark under the traditional flute and serve this Lillet Rosé–enhanced glass. Grapefruit juice deepens the blush of the fortified wine while a wisp of yellow Chartreuse and cap of sparkling wine counter with sweet bubbles.
Get the recipe for the Magic Hour.
The standouts of this sweet and sour flute? Surely the vibrant honey syrup and the curly locks of citrus peel that perch above the rim. Vodka and Champagne could ask for no finer adornments.
Get the recipe for the Singing Telegram.
Stage an element of surprise at midnight with a pleasantly tart toast. The pucker behind those pink bubbles lies in a homemade strawberry shrub that’s countered with white crème de cacao and a generous infusion of bubbles.
Get the recipe for The Little Kiss.
Freshly prepared lime sour adds nimble zing to this vodka-and–St-Germain Fizz. Crown that combination with a crisp, brut sparkling wine and a sprig of thyme—a nod at the earthy undertones of elderflower.
Get the recipe for the Elderflower Fizz.
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