This is it. The end and the beginning. The alpha and the omega. The time to wash away every crappy thing that happened in 2015 and the moment to start 2016 on the right foot, locking lips with someone you maybe just met. You can’t just go up to any old person, though, and expect them to kiss you (though for the record, if that were to happen on any night, this night would be it) but with these Champagne cocktails, you’ll be well on your way to ringing in the New Year in boozy, beautiful style.
Don’t want to mix up your bubbly? Check out a couple of our favorite offerings from Bollinger below. These bottles will have everyone wanting to kiss you at midnight.
- 2 parts Facundo Neo
- ¾ part Lillet Blanc
- ¾ part Fresh Squeezed Clementine Juice
- ¼ part Benedictine
- Martini Rossi Prosecco
Method: In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients except prosecco until very cold. Pour into Champagne flute and top with Martini Rossi Prosecco. Garnish with gold leaf.
Grey Goose Fruits de Fête
- 2 parts Grey Goose Le Citron
- 1 part pineapple juice
- 1 part clementine juice (or orange juice)
- 5 parts Champagne
Method: Chill all the ingredients, then build them straight into a coupe, finishing with the Champagne. Stir and serve.
- ½ part Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
- Good French Champagne
- 1 sugar cube (optional)
Method: add Courvoisier Cognac to Champagne glass. Fill with Champagne and drop in 1 sugar cube.
- 4 oz. Chilled Bolla Prosecco
- 3 Drops Bitters
- 2 Sugar Cubes
- 1 oz. Cognac
Method: Pour bitters onto sugar cube and let soak in, place sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Add Cognac, and top with Bolla Prosecco.
The Midnight Tea
(Created by Marco Zappia, Bittercube)
- 1 oz The Famous Grouse
- 2 oz The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea
- .5 oz Lemon Juice
- .5 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 Blackberries
- 2 oz Sparkling Wine
- 2 Dashes Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters
- Garnish: Bouquet of Mint
Method: Add all ingredients—except the sparkling wine—into a cocktail shaker and shake. Once shaken, add in the sparkling wine. Double strain over crushed ice into a Champagne flute. Garnish with a bouquet of fresh mint leaves.
Nolet’s Silver Dutch 75
Method: Pour lemon juice, Nolet’s Silver and Grand Marnier into a mixing glass with ice. Shake well. Strain into a Champagne flute. Carefully top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Bollinger R.D. 2002 ($350 or $850 in magnum) – It’s aged more than three times longer then required by the appellation, Bollinger R.D. is an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation and made from a blend of pinot noir (60%) and chardonnay (40%). Even better, the R.D. has been James Bond’s actual on-screen champagne choice for more than 40 years.
Bollinger Special Cuvée ($79 or $175 in magnum) – A true icon among non-vintage champagnes, the Special Cuvée is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines, including some aged in magnums for more than 15 years in Bollinger’s cellars. Special Cuvée is made from a blend of pinot noir (60%), chardonnay (25%) and meunier (15%).