Every major holiday that we encounter throughout the year comes with a certain signature item that we seem to stock up on leading up to that fateful day, and are inevitably left with extra after the day is over. For New Year’s Eve, if you weren’t drinking Champagne by the flute-full, I’m not really sure what you were doing. For the rest of you, perhaps you have a few bottles on reserve in your refrigerator that you didn’t have time to guzzle down before the ball dropped and the rest of the night became a bubbly blur.
Champagne cocktails are some of my favorites, mostly because they don’t need many ingredients to be delicious. Champagne on it’s own has a very distinct flavor as well as those signature bubbles, so coming up with a few post-New Year’s Eve champagne drinks can be both simple and fun. Just because the holiday is over doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a glass of bubbly!
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Below are some fun and easy cocktails to make at home with those bottles of Champagne that, somehow, didn’t make it into your belly in 2012. Never fear, your bubbly will not go to waste. Cheers, and happy new year!
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3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups packed mint leaves, plus more for garnish
6 lime wedges
2 cups light rum
3 cups Champagne or sparkling wine
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water over high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. In a large pitcher, combine the syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges. Muddle, and add in the rum. Stir well and strain into another pitcher. Fill glasses with cracked ice and pour in the mixture two-thirds of the way up the glass. Top with Champagne, and garnish with mint sprigs.
1 oz Irish Whiskey
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp honey mixed with 1/2 tsp warm water
1 oz chilled Champagne
1 lemon twist
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients except the Champagne. Shake vigorously and straiin into a chilled flute. Stir in the Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
1 cup orange juice
Chilled Champagne or sparkling wine
In a flute, pour in orange juice two-thirds of the way. Top with Champagne. Stir gently to combine.
1/2 oz cognac
1 tsp Grand Marnier
4 oz Brut Champagne
Pour the cognac and Grand Marnier into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne and stir to combine.
1 1/2 oz brandy
1 1/2 oz Cointreau
1 bottle club soda
1 orange rind
In a punch bowl, combine all the ingredients with ice. Decorate with the sliced pineapple, orange, and fresh mint. Crushed strawberries are a nice touch for flavor and appearance.