If learning French cooking techniques has made you fall in love with all things France, then odds are you’ll want to ring in the new year with a glass of genuine Champagne. Whether you host a party or spend a night out on the town, Champagne has become a longtime tradition for toasting the new year. For some, a flute filled with Brut might be enough on its own. However, if you’re looking for a little variety with your bottle of bubbly, here are five cocktails that demand Champagne:
A Bellini is a simple cocktail that only requires pureed peaches and Champagne. If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, this is a nice, easy way to add some color and character to your midnight toast without having to put in a significant amount of work.
2. Air Mail
Esquire’s recipe for an Air Mail calls for 2 ounces golden rum, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1 teaspoon honey and 5 ounces of Brut Champagne. Excluding the bubbly, mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and then pour into a Collins glass. Top with the Champagne and you’re good to go. This plain and simple cocktail is another great addition to your menu if you’re hosting a holiday party.
3. French 75
A French 75 is another fairly simple cocktail recipe that adds a bit more kick to your Champagne. Again from Esquire: Mix 2 ounces of dry gin, 1/2 ounce lemon juice and 1 teaspoon superfine sugar in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Pour into a Collins glass and top with 5 ounces Brut Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist if you want to add a bit of flair.
4. Black Velvet
For the avid beer drinker, a Black Velvet may just be the best way to ring in the new year. Similar to a Black and Tan, a Black Velvet is simply half a glass of your favorite stout topped generously with Champagne. Lightly stir the two together and you have a beer and bubbly perfect for the occasion.
While a mimosa might not be the ideal drink for New Year’s Eve, odds are this classic hangover remedy will come in handy the morning after. As you sit around watching football trying to regain your energy, use whatever leftover Champagne you may have and combine with orange juice to preference.