New Years Eve is less than 36 hours away here on the west coast of the United States, and many of us are fastidiously checking our alcohol lists for tomorrow night to make sure we can make our favorite champagne cocktail recipes. After all, what is a New Years Eve kiss if it’s not followed by a little bubbly love?
Some of us out there in alkie-land are champagne purists. I personally prefer mine straight and unadulterated, but recently my friend Josh introduced me to a champagne cocktail that made me realize that I might have been kidding myself all these years. Done well, champagne mixers can be a transcendent experience.
New Years Eve Champagne Cocktail Recipes Are Your Friend
Here are a few champagne cocktail recipes that rock my socks, and I’ll bet my bebida you’ll love them too. If you’ve got a favorite that’s not listed here, please leave a comment telling me how to make it!
Death at Dusk Cocktail Recipe
This is the drink that Josh used to turn me to the ways of the dark side. I enjoyed it a great deal, even though I’m not generally a fan of absinthe – the subtle flavor is far from overkill if played correctly. This drink also has a lovely lavender color that I found charming. Apparently I’m a sucker for a pretty drink.
If you like a stronger tasting cocktail, feel free to add another teaspoon each of the mixers.
2 teaspoons (or 1/3oz) Creme de Violette
5oz chilled champagne (or one glass)
2 teaspoons (or 1/3oz) absinthe
Pour in Creme de Violette first, then gently pour champagne down the side of the glass to let the violet liquor rest at the bottom. Float the absinthe along the top for a great presentation, but mix before drinking for full taste effect.
French 75 Cocktail Recipe
I love a good gin cocktail above all else, so this recipe was destined to win my heart. Whoever thought of mixing gin with champagne was a smart man or woman, and I am forever in their debt.
1 tablespoon (1/2oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar, finely textured or powdered for easy mixing
2oz iced gin
4oz chilled champagne
lemon peel for garnish
Rim champagne flute with sugar, if you like that sort of thing. In a shaker half filled with ice, combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice, shaking well. Pour into a flute (or a collins glass, which I’ve read is also somewhat traditional) and top with champagne. Garnish with curly lemon peel.
La Vie en Rose Cocktail Recipe
Pink champagne is the perfect indulgence for any lady who enjoys reveling in her estrogen levels, and this cocktail is nothing if not girlie. The faint scent of roses will linger on your senses until you pass out. Win-win, in my opinion.
You can buy rose water at fine liquor stores, herbal shops, posh groceries, or you can make it yourself: boil a handful of washed rose petals in two cups of water for about ten minutes. Let it cool before using.
I like this drink less on the sweet side, so I add half the amount of sugar. Sometimes I leave it out altogether.
1 teaspoon sugar, or one sugar cube
4oz champagne (pink, if you’ve got it)
2 tablespoons (1oz) rose water
Dissolve sugar in a flute with champagne, then pour in rose water. Drop in a slice of strawberry for that extra girlie touch.
The Pomosa Cocktail Recipe
Anyone who’s courted champagne heavily knows that she can be a fickle mistress – sweet and sultry for a few hours, but leaving you the recipient of a coyote ugly the following AM. The only times I’ve woken up still drunk the next morning were all champagne-related incidents, and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s not pretty, either figuratively and literally.
For just such a spinny-room, puffy-eyed, smeared mascara occasion, only one thing will suffice: hair of the dog.
Pom iced tea (or any other brand of pomegranate tea for that matter) makes an amazing mimosa. How did we figure this out? A few summers ago, while hanging out on a certain infamous back deck, we ran out of orange juice for our morning concoctions. I had brought a lychee-flavored Pom iced tea, which we figured would make a great cocktail in a pinch. What resulted was a light, yet still intense, morning beverage that made everyone around the table go, “oooooooooooh.” In the interest of paying forward good alcohol karma, here’s the recipe:
3 parts champagne
1 part pomegranate iced tea
1 appropriately ironic morning cocktail cup, such as a plastic Spiderman tumbler or 7-11 coffee mug
Pour and sip. You don’t need to be hung over to appreciate this bad boy – it makes a great addition to any alkie-breakfast table.
Happy New Year Everyone!
If you make any of these New Years Eve champagne cocktail recipes, have one for me! And please, be safe out there – have your designated driver, cab fare, or walking shoes ready when you need them. My next post will be about hangover cures, so check it out.