Bring On the Bubbly With These Sparkling Cocktails

Dec 31 2013 - 6:45am

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

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Temporary Getaway

Thinly sliced apples add both visual interest and floral fruity flavor to a delectable cocktail [2] that's like a vacation in a glass.

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Sparkling Pear and Elderflower Cocktail

Bright, effervescent, and subtly spiced from the crucial addition of Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka, this elderflower cocktail [3] is simple yet elegant. It's a great predinner cocktail that will steal the show.

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Grapefruit Mimosa

Add vibrantly hued grapefruit juice to Champagne [4] 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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Sparkling Pomegranate

Ruby-hued and ultrasimple to prepare, this three-ingredient (including the garnish!) stunner [5] is sure to enter your cocktail rotation.

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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. Watch the video to learn how to make this perennially popular sipper.

Death in the Afternoon

If it was good enough for Hemingway, then Death in the Afternoon [6] is good enough for us. It's a stiff drink, but remarkably smooth, and sure to start your night off right.

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Champagne Cosmo

Mixing the best of both worlds, this Champagne cosmo [7] blends vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime, and sparkling wine.

Seelbach Cocktail

Slowly sip Seelbach cocktails [8] throughout the evening — this one is meant to be savored.

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Grapefruit-Elderflower Sparkler

Floral St. Germain rounds out the tangy grapefruit juice and effervescent Champagne for a celebration-worthy sparkler [9].

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Sparkling Lillet and Grapefruit Cocktail

Light, refreshing, and almost too easy to sip on, this Lillet aperitif [10] 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.

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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 [11] so guests can pour their own drinks, freeing you up for the festivities at hand.

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Grapefruit Mimosa

Don't let the orange hue fool you — this mimosa [12] 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.

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Lemon Raspberry Fizz

In this lemon raspberry fizz [13], the marriage of limoncello [14], 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 [15] and still goes down almost too easily.

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Bubbly Poinsettia

Keep party guests guessing at the secret ingredient in this crowd-pleasing tipple [16]. Spoiler alert: it's maraschino liqueur.

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The Hummingbird

Ethereal, light, and floral, this bubbly concoction isn't likely to get you very tipsy — a pro or con, depending on who's asking — but the hummingbird [17] is too lovely to pass up and is sure to inspire a fun night.

Prosecco Cocktail

Think of the Prosecco cocktail [18] as the laid-back little sister to the traditional Champagne cocktail [19].

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Classic Mimosa

The tried-and-true combination of orange juice and Champagne [20] is a classic for a reason. For extra sparkle (though it hardly needs it), add a splash of Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur.

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Paradise Mule

Made with pisco, sparkling wine, and St-Germain, a paradise mule [21] is like a Peruvian take on the perennially popular moscow mule [22]. It's definitely a cocktail that will have you toasting for more.

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