New Year’s Champagne Cocktail

New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktails

Elevate your New Year's Eve celebration with these Champagne Cocktails!

New Year’s Champagne Cocktails

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, there’s no drink more fitting than a champagne cocktail, but with so many options, how do you choose the right one? Let’s go over some of the basics, including the difference between champagne and sparkling wine, as well as a few of our favorite champagne cocktail recipes for your New Year’s Eve party.

Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine

Is sparkling wine champagne? Don’t be fooled by the bubbles; there’s a reason the two have different labels. Though both “pop” when uncorked, Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France and can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. This means that though all champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is champagne.

Champagne Sweetness Guide

Do you prefer your champagne drink to be sweet or dry? Here’s a helpful chart for deciding which bottle to get when mixing your New Year’s Eve drinks:

  • Brut nature: Dry with 0-3g/L residual sugar
  • Extra brut: Dry with 0-6g/L residual sugar
  • Brut: Dry with a hint of sweetness. 0-12g/L residual sugar
  • Extra sec or Dry: Noticeably sweet with 17-32g/L residual sugar
  • Demi-sec: Sweet with 32-50g/L residual sugar
  • Doux: Very sweet with 50g/L residual sugar or more

Champagne Cocktail Recipes

Not sure what to mix with champagne? We’ve got you covered with a handpicked selection of easy yet elegant champagne drinks perfect for everything from simple celebrations to luxury events. The ball’s about to drop – which are you going to choose?

Pomegranate French 75

A homemade simple syrup and pomegranate juice add a sweet twist to this French 75.

Serves: 4
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup gin
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1½ cups champagne
  • 2 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In small pot over high heat, bring water to boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In large cocktail shaker with ice, combine simple syrup, gin, pomegranate juice and lemon juice.
  3. Shake cocktail mixture; strain into 4 glasses. Top each with champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Cherry Lux Cocktail

A must-have for cherry-lovers, this sparkling beverage comes together in minutes and is bursting with sweet flavor.

Serves: 1
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. maraschino cherry liqueur
  • 1 tsp. jarred maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 4 oz. chilled champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 Kroger Brand Maraschino Cherry with Stem

Directions:

  1. In champagne flute, combine cherry liqueur, cherry juice and bitters. Add champagne. Garnish with cherry.

Kir Royale

All you need are three ingredients to create this tasty and impressive beverage.

Serves: 4
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 oz. Chambord® Liqueur, divided

Directions:

  1. Pour 1 ounce Chambord® into bottom of each glass. Top with champagne to taste.
  2. Using a knife, cut away 2”-3” pieces of lemon peel, avoiding the white part of the skin. Twist over cocktail and drop in.

Blackberry Champagne Sparkler

Here’s a novel champagne garnish idea: fresh herbs! Blackberries and rosemary sprigs bring this fizzy beverage to the next level.

Serves: 5
Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup honey, in ramekin
  • ¼ cup silver or gold sugar sprinkles, in ramekin
  • 2 containers blackberries, divided
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 bottle champagne, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. In saucepan over high heat, combine 1 cup blackberries, sugar and 1 cup champagne. Bring to boil then simmer 12-15 minutes. The berries will turn bright in color and the liquid should turn to a syrupy consistency.
  2. Scoop our berries and discard. Let syrup sit 10 minutes or so to thicken.
  3. Dip rim of champagne flute into honey then into sparkly sugar. Pour champagne into glass about ¾ full. Add 4 tablespoons blackberry syrup. Garnish with rosemary and fresh blackberries.

Champagne Cocktail

An uncomplicated lemon twist garnish turns this champagne drink into a truly fashionable libation.

Serves: 1
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 lemon twist

Directions:

  1. In champagne flute, drop sugar cube. Pour in bitters. Fill glass with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

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