Start the New Year with Champagne Margaritas, Champagne Cocktails, and More

Champagne cocktails

In search of a special cocktail to serve up on New Year’s Eve? Try one of these champagne-filled drinks to ring in 2017 and drown all your sorrows from 2016 away.

Jose Cuervo Two-Step Margarita

How can you not love a margarita? It’s refreshing, citrusy, and whether you’re in Mexico on a beach or braving the cold in New England, it reminds you of warmth, lounging, and for most of us, a lot of fun memories. With New Year 2017 fast approaching, you’ll want something light and bubbly. Luckily for us, the folks at Jose Cuervo came up with a new cocktail that combines the joys of both the margarita and the coveted glass of Champagne. Simply make a Jose Cuervo margarita, which comes in Classic, Pink Lemonade, Grapefruit Tangerine, and White Peach flavors, and top it off with a splash of champagne.

Pommery Royal Blue Sky NV

In the South of France, à la Piscine — champagne served with ice — reigns king among the jetsetters who holiday there in the summer. Lucky for us, Pommery created a semi-dry dosage champagne that’s a lot sweeter than the champagne maker’s traditional brut, but that’s because it’s supposed to be served with ice. It also makes for a refreshing New Year’s Eve daytime drink if you happen to be spending it in a warm locale.

Champagne Cocktail

Of course the most classic of cocktails made with champagne is the champagne cocktail. Simply place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute, lash it with two or three dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), fill the glass with brut champagne or other, cheaper, bubbly (peasant!), and squeeze a lemon twist on top.

Bombay Sapphire French 75

The Bombay Sapphire French 75 combines our favorite gin with our favorite kind of wine! Simply follow the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups ice cubes, divided
  • 1 cup Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 750-ml bottle Champagne

Preparation

  • Stir 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves; bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes.
  • Chill until cold. (Simple syrup can be made 1 month ahead. Cover and keep chilled.)
  • Place 8 coupe glasses or Champagne flutes in freezer and chill at least 2 hours.
  • Place 1 cup ice, 1/4 cup gin, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons simple syrup in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake well, then strain into 2 chilled glasses or flutes.
  • Repeat 3 more times with remaining ice cubes, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to make 6 more drinks.
  • Divide Champagne among glasses and serve.