There can always be a reason to celebrate, but a New Year’s Eve party won’t be the same without the right sparkling wine cocktail. After all, it’s always fun to ring in the New Year with a glass of sparkling wine. If you’re just celebrating with a few friends, it might be worth breaking out a fancy bottle of champagne or the best prosecco. However, a good sparkling wine in large quantities can quickly become expensive. So if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you might want to expand your stock. The perfect way to do this would be to make mixed drinks with fresh ingredients like fruits and herbs, which you can prepare in a loving way. Here are some great examples that will give you the inspiration you need.
Table of Contents
- Choose the best recipe for refreshing and festive sparkling wine cocktail
- Prepare simple cocktail with apple cider as a welcome drink
- Sparkling sangria with grapefruit and Lillet Rose
- Sparkling sparkling wine cocktail with roasted lemons and gin
- Prepare sparkling sparkling wine cocktail with chamomile and tangerine
- Sparkling mixed drink with cranberries and spices
Choose the best recipe for refreshing and festive sparkling wine cocktail
A classic cocktail with champagne or sparkling wine is a mixed drink made of sugar, bitter liqueur, champagne, brandy and garnished with a maraschino cherry. However, there are many other sparkling variants to choose from. Once you have procured the wine with brandy or delicious liqueur , as well as the ingredients and the mixer, there is little discernible difference between an expensive bottle and a cheap one.
The fizz is festive with everyone and will create the right mood. To toast the New Year with delicious and inexpensive drinks, you can easily mix traditional drinks with a little imagination.
Prepare simple cocktail with apple cider as a welcome drink.
This simple drink combines fresh apple cider, crisp Prosecco and herbaceous, honey-sweet Benedictine liqueur. The result is fruity, but not too sweet and super refreshing. Be sure to use a high-quality and unfiltered cider here, with fresh and local being best. This gives the sparkling wine cocktail sweet and rich honey notes.
- 60 ml Benedictine liqueur
- 30 ml cider, chilled
- Prosecco, also chilled
- fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs (optional)
- First combine the Benedictine and cider in a sparkling wine flute or champagne bowl.
- Then fill it up with Prosecco.
- Then garnish with rosemary or thyme to your liking.
Sparkling sangria with grapefruit and Lillet Rose.
Sangria probably isn’t the first drink you’d associate with winter, since most of the fruits you’d make it with are out of season this time of year. However, the popular grapefruit is just right for it, and who doesn’t love sangria at a party? Reason enough to make such a fruity New Year’s Eve cocktail with grapefruit juice, mint and bittersweet Lillet Rosé, topped off with Cava.
- 15 fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup simple sugar syrup
- 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice, made from about 2 grapefruits, plus 1/2 a grapefruit, peel intact, cut into rough pieces
- Lillet Rosé, also 1 cup
- 1 bottle of cava, chilled
- First, in the bottom of a pitcher, gently muddle the mint leaves and simple sugar syrup.
- Then add the fruit pieces, grapefruit juice and Lillet Rosé.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, add cava to pitcher and stir gently.
- It is best to serve the mixed drink over ice.
Sparkling Sparkling Wine Cocktail with Fried Lemons and Gin
Lemon juice is one of the most common ingredients in cocktails, but you’ve most likely never tried it this way. Searing lemons in a pan gives them a much deeper flavor and tames their harsh bite. Feel free to combine this complex juice of roasted lemons with woodsy rosemary and gin. The caramel depth and toned-down tartness of the citrus are an absolute game-changer in this sparkling wine cocktail, which is perfect for New Year’s Eve.
For the charred lemon juice:
- 12 lemons, halved
For the gin-rosemary mix:
- 8 rosemary sprigs, halved
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups gin of choice
- 1 cup charred lemon juice
For each cocktail:
- 1/4 cup gin-rosemary mix
- 2 tablespoons sparkling wine
- Rosemary sprig for garnish
- First, preheat a well-seasoned cast iron or stainless steel skillet over high heat.
- Then add the lemon halves, cut side down, and fry until well charred, about 2 minutes.
- Let them cool well and juice them, removing the seeds.
- Then, for the cocktail with gin, mix rosemary and sugar in a pitcher or glass.
- Crush everything with the back of a wooden spoon until you can smell the rosemary.
- Add the gin and lemon juice and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Refrigerate and remove the rosemary sprigs after an hour.
- For each cocktail after that, fill a glass with ice.
- First, pour the gin-rosemary mix through a fine-mesh strainer.
- Fill the glasses with sparkling wine and stir once.
- Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig and serve.
Make sparkling champagne cocktail with chamomile and tangerine
Floral mixed drinks can sometimes taste like they’re perfumed, but that’s not the case here. The herbal gin and floral chamomile are nicely balanced by the juice from tangerines and tart white balsamic vinegar, while the addition of sparkling wine makes it just right for a New Year’s Eve party.
For the chamomile and tangerine syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 4 bags of chamomile tea
- peel of 2 tangerines, white skin removed
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from tangerines
For the base:
- 120 ml chamomile tangerine syrup
- 90 ml white balsamic vinegar
- 120 ml London Dry Gin, like Tanqueray
For any cocktail:
- 150 ml chilled dry sparkling wine, like Cava
- First, for the syrup, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags, tangerine juice and tangerine peel.
- Let the mixture steep for 6 minutes initially, then discard the tea bags.
- Then cover and let stand for another 30 minutes.
- Strain the bowl and store the syrup until in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
For the base:
- Combine syrup, white balsamic and gin in a swing-top bottle.
- Gently swirl to combine and refrigerate until ready to use. The base will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
- For each cocktail: measure about 80 ml of the base into a sparkling wine goblet or cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine.
Sparkling mixed drink with cranberries and spices.
This recipe requires a little more effort than typical sparkling wine cocktail, but the results are worth it. Start with sparkling wine, gin and grapefruit juice, then add a homemade spiced cherry liqueur flavored with cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and cloves. The liqueur can be made several weeks in advance, and you’ll probably have some left over. As a non-alcoholic refreshment, it tastes great with lemonade and a splash of citrus juice.
For the herbal liqueur:
- 3 cinnamon sticks, halved
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 5 cardamom pods
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 cup (240 ml) water
- 2 cups (400 g) sugar
- Peel one orange (use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel only)
- 2 cups (225 g) cranberries
- 1 cup (240 ml) fresh juice of about 8 limes
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) kosher salt
For the cocktail mix (8 servings):
- 240 ml liqueur
- 1 cup (240 ml) freshly squeezed juice of 2 pink grapefruits
- 360 ml London Dry Gin
- 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled cava or other dry sparkling wine to top it off
- Fresh cranberries threaded on skewers for garnish
- To make the spiced herb liqueur, first place the cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom and cloves in a saucepan and toast over medium heat, shaking frequently until fragrant. Also, make sure they don’t burn, either.
- Add water, sugar, orange zest, cranberries, lime juice and salt and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Bring to a boil and simmer, bashing the fruit against the sides with a wooden spoon until all the cranberries have burst open.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely, 1 to 2 hours.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a resealable container.
- The liqueur will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
For cocktail mix:
- Mix liqueur, grapefruit juice and gin in a pitcher, bottle or resealable container up to 2 hours before serving.
- Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
- The mix for this cocktail makes 8 servings, but feel free to double the recipe.
For each cocktail:
- Fill a Collins glass with ice and add about 100 ml of cocktail mix and 60 ml of chilled sparkling wine.
- Stir gently and garnish with cranberries on skewers.