The only thing more festive than bubbly? A ~fancy~ champagne cocktail.

By Laura Rege
December 27, 2019
Greg Dupree

The start of a new decade calls for a New Year's Eve drink that's more exciting than straight champagne. Enter: ultra-fruity, bubbly champagne cocktails. (P.S. Did you know you can also make champagne ice cubes to add to mimosas and other champagne cocktails?)

“Champagne cocktails mixed with flavorful combinations of spirits and fruits modernize the tradition of bubbles for the holidays,” says Aneka Saxon, a bartender at Machine in Chicago, who created this delicious trio. “The champagne enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, plus the effervescent finish is so special.”

Mix them up and bring a big batch to a New Year's Eve blowout, or present them as a fun DIY flight at your own bash: Set out the fixings, and let guests make their own. And don't worry, these cocktails don't have to break the bank. Cava, a sparkling wine from Spain that’s similar to champagne, works beautifully in these cocktails and is budget-friendly. (Looking for a simple drink? Try one of these three-ingredient cocktails.)

Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 ounce chilled hibiscus syrup
  • 1 ounce chilled gin
  • Champagne

Directions:

  1. Pour 1 cup sugar into a bowl, and stir in 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers. Cover, and let sit 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine sieve, and chill.
  3. Pour 1/2 ounce chilled hibiscus syrup and 1 ounce chilled gin into a glass. Top with champagne to fill.

(Use up your extra hibiscus syrup with this margarita recipe.)

Berry Champagne Refresher

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 ounce berry syrup
  • 1 ounce chilled citron vodka
  • Champagne

Directions:

  1. Pour 1 cup sugar into a bowl, and stir in 1/4 cup blackberries. Cover, and let sit 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine sieve, and chill.
  3. Pour 1/2 ounce berry syrup and 1 ounce chilled citron vodka into a glass. Top with champagne to fill.

(Related: Vitamin Vodka Might Spare You the Hangover)

Clementine Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup clementine zest
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 ounce clementine syrup
  • 1 ounce chilled pisco
  • Champagne

Directions:

  1. Pour 1 cup sugar into a bowl, and stir in 1/4 cup clementine zest. Cover, and let sit 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water to the bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine sieve, and chill.
  3. Pour 1/2 ounce clementine syrup and 1 ounce chilled pisco into a glass. Top with champagne to fill.
Shape Magazine, December 2019 issue
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