It seemed fitting to share some champagne cocktails to help you prepare for New Year’s Eve. NYE is the most popular time to enjoy sparkling, aside from Valentine’s Day, and if you’re not already aware, I adore sparkling. There’s something special about drinking a glass of champagne. I love the taste, the color, the sparkly bubbles dancing in the glass, even champagne glasses themselves. I love the classy finger foods that get served alongside sparkling and the events that call for multiple flutes of yummy bubbly. So yeah, I adore sparkling. Some people feel most comfortable holding a beer, a glass of red wine, a martini, but I’m most in my element with a glass of La Marca (or a half dozen other favorites) in my hand. And I’m open to trying just about anything in the sparkling spectrum from champagne to prosecco to cava. All the bubbly love makes infographics like the one below so much fun. Like wine, there are different kinds of sparkling wines that pair best with different foods. My favorite is the most popular style of Brut which pairs well with cheese but I would have never thought to pair Doux (the sweetest of the bunch) with potato chips. One thing on 2015 my to-do list is to experience a sparkling wine and food pairing event. Food + sparkling wine. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
I’ve put together some of the yummiest sounding champagne and prosecco cocktails for your celebratory pleasure. Yes, there’s a certain amount of glamour that comes with drinking champagne but prosecco, cava, and other sparkling wines can all also create delicious drinks. We have everything from the classic pairing of St-Germain to the unexpected – a harvest style cocktail with cider honey syrup. Experiment with your sparkly drinks, champagne is delicious on its own but who knows what glorious or unique creation you can come up with.
Feel free to let us know about your favorite champagne cocktail combination in the comments below and remember, champage is always the answer.
Cocktail Hour Blackberry Thyme Sparkler | The Effortless Chic – This is one gorgeous cocktail. I’d go for this on New Year’s based on looks alone but the combination of gin, champagne, blackberries, and thyme sounds tasty. The key to that beautiful color? Blackberry simple syrup.
Prosecco Cocktail by Cocoa+Kelley photography: Woodnote Photography | Style Me Pretty – The color of this cocktail is gorgeous but it’s the ingredients that make it unique. It features prosecco, Campari, Strega, grapefruit juice and raspberries for garnish. I drank Strega over the holidays and it’s a liquor with over 70 ingredients but the dominant flavors are fennel and mint.
Champagne and Strawberries with a Gold Rim | Sugar and Charm – What could be more festive than champagne, strawberries, and a gold-rimmed glass? What I love about this cocktail is that it uses pureed strawberries so you really taste the juicy, sweet berry flavor with the champagne.
Happy Hour Tuesday: Clementine Lemon Champagne Cocktail | Rometti – Clementines and pomegranate are two perfect winter fruits to grace your champagne cocktail. It’s bright, fun, and refreshing.
The Harvest Sparkle | Fed & Fit – Fall might be well past us but you can still indulge in the beauty of harvest time with this cocktail. It calls for whiskey, sparkling (your choice of which kind), some sprigs of rosemary, and the key ingredient: cider honey syrup.
St-Germain Signature Cocktail Inspired by Soft Romance photography: White Loft Studio | Style Me Pretty – This cocktail is as beautiful as it is classic. All you need is St-Germain and Brut Rosé for this simple, stunner cocktail.