POPSUGAR Food

Bring On the Bubbly With These Sparkling Cocktails

Dec 3 2014 - 12:15pm

Champagne or sparkling wine is wonderful enjoyed on its own [1], but why not step it up a notch? Take a look at our recipes for cocktails that have just the right amount of effervescence to them.

— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb

Photos: Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts, POPSUGAR Studios

Sparkling Lillet and Grapefruit Cocktail

Light, refreshing, and almost too easy to sip on, this Lillet aperitif [2] is a great way to kick off the night. Even better, it clocks in at a mere four ingredients and requires naught but a languid stir in the glass and a quick swipe of a vegetable peeler along a juicy orange for the twist garnish.

Temporary Getaway

Thinly sliced apples add both visual interest and floral fruity flavor to a delectable cocktail [3] that's like a vacation in a glass.

Grapefruit Mimosa

Don't let the orange hue fool you — this mimosa [4] is actually made with mango purée and grapefruit juice! Mango thickens and sweetens the mimosa, while the grapefruit provides a crispness that complements the sparkling wine.

Sparkling Pear and Elderflower Cocktail

Bright, effervescent, and subtly spiced from the crucial addition of Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka, this elderflower cocktail [5] is simple yet elegant. It's a great predinner cocktail that will steal the show.

Strawberry Kir Royale

For a fresh, tangy take on a classic French cocktail — the kir royale — swap strawberry liqueur for crème de cassis [6].

Hummingbird Cocktail

The hummingbird [7], an ethereal, floral concoction, isn't likely to get you very tipsy — a pro or con, depending on who's asking — but it's too lovely to pass up.

Classic French 75

Gin, lemon juice, Champagne, and festive garnishes like maraschino cherries and lemon twists combine for a cocktail far greater than the sum of its parts.

Sparkling Pomegranate

Ruby-hued and ultrasimple to prepare, this three-ingredient (including the garnish!) stunner [8] is sure to enter your cocktail rotation.

Champagne Cosmo

Mixing the best of both worlds, this Champagne cosmo [9] blends vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime, and sparkling wine.

Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail

Think of this sparkling bourbon cocktail [10] as an effervescent take on the old fashioned.

Death in the Afternoon

Equal parts bright, zesty, and bittersweet, the Aperol spritz [11] is a classic for a reason.

Grapefruit-Elderflower Sparkler

Floral St. Germain rounds out the tangy grapefruit juice and effervescent Champagne for a celebration-worthy sparkler [12].

Pomegranate Citrus, Grapefruit Basil, and Cranberry Mint Champagne Cocktails

Set up a bar topped with Champagne-cocktail-friendly syrups like pomegranate citrus, grapefruit basil, or cranberry mint [13] so guests can pour their own drinks, freeing you up for the festivities at hand.

Lemon Raspberry Fizz

In this lemon raspberry fizz [14], the marriage of limoncello [15], berries, and sparkling wine is not only beautiful, but also delicious — and this drink can be easily multiplied if you're hosting for a crowd!

Honeyed French 75

Love the French 75 cocktail, but looking for something with even more punch? Try this version that's sweetened with honey and has twice as much gin [16] and still goes down almost too easily.

Bubbly Poinsettia

Keep party guests guessing at the secret ingredient in this crowd-pleasing tipple [17]. Spoiler alert: it's maraschino liqueur.

Classic Mimosa

The tried-and-true combination of orange juice and Champagne [18] is a classic for a reason. For extra sparkle (though it hardly needs it), add a splash of Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur.

Paradise Mule

Made with pisco, sparkling wine, and St-Germain, a paradise mule [19] is like a Peruvian take on the perennially popular moscow mule [20]. It's definitely a cocktail that will have you toasting for more.

Grapefruit Mimosa

Add vibrantly hued grapefruit juice to Champagne [21] for an enticing tipple that's most at home during the day. To fortify it for nighttime celebrations, add a splash of liqueur like ginger-packed Canton or citrusy Grand Marnier.


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