5 Bubbly Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

2014 is coming to a close. New Year’s is almost here and soon we will be ringing in and welcoming the beginning of a brand new year- 2015! New Year’s is about new beginnings, new opportunities and new chances to make memories with the ones we love. Whether you are throwing a huge party, celebrating with a few friends or even just watching the ball drop at home in your sweat pants, why not celebrate with one of these beautiful, elegant and bubbly cocktails? Let’s send 2014 off in style by reminiscing with one of these five gorgeous drinks in your hand. 

These bubbly cocktails all have a base of the most traditional New Year’s drink of them all- champagne! By starting with some classic sparkly champagne and adding in some unique flavors like basil, cranberry and even coconut, you are left with five truly special drinks that will leave your guests saying WOW and asking for another round!

Cranberry Champagne Punch

A simple to make sparkly punch perfect for any New Year’s party!

  • 1 bottle dry champagne 
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 10 fresh basil leaves

Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve well chilled. Makes 8 servings.

Basil Vodka Fizz

A fresh and sparkly cocktail that is not only tasty, but beautifully elegant.

  • 3/4 c brut champagne
  • 1 oz basil infused vodka
  • 1 basil leaf

Fill your champagne glass 3/4 of the way with the champagne and add in the vodka. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf. Makes one cocktail.

Having a hard time finding basil infused vodka? Why not make your own? To make some, get about a cup of fresh basil leaves and 2 cups of good vodka. Pour both in a large mason jar or other glass bottle and store together from 1-4 days in a cool dark place, gently shaking the jar once a day. When it has the desired taste, strain the vodka into another mason jar and store in the refrigerator. This vodka would be great in a variety of recipes, like a Bloody Mary, adding a fresh from the garden taste to them.

Coconut Bellini

A gorgeous twist on a classic summer drink!

  • 3/4 cup sweet champagne (like spumante)
  • 2 oz. coconut juice (or fresh puree)
  • granulated suger (for rim)
  • raw suger (for rim)
  • 1 marshmallow 

First rim the glass with the sugar. To do that, open the marshmallow a bit and drag it around the rim of the glass to make it sticky and sweet; discard the rest. Mix the two sugars in a shallow bowl and rim the glass with it. Pour in the coconut juice or puree and then fill with the champagne. Stir with a long spoon before serving. Makes one cocktail. 

French 75

Created at the New York Bar in Paris in the year 1915, this drink packs a lot of punch and is beautiful to look at too!

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • fresh lemon for garnish

To make some simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin, lemon juice and syrup. Strain into glass and top with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist. Makes one cocktail.

Champagne Margarita

The perfect combination of New Years and summer, wrapped in one refreshingly light cocktail!

  • 3 T. lime juice
  • 2 oz. white tequila
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 6 oz. champagne
  • 1 oz raw sugar
  • 1 oz granulated sugar

Wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and then dip it in the two sugars mixed together, set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 with ice and then add the tequila, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, and champagne. Gently shake a few times and then strain into the prepared glasses (leaving ice in the shaker) and garnish each glass with a lime wedge. Makes two cocktails.

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Michelle; full time mama, part time blogger, wife extraordinaire. This busy mama to three “peas” is a lover of all things running, crafting and baking. A New England native and current desert dweller, she is the brains and wit behind the blog Our Three Peas, where she writes about the hilarious reality that is motherhood. She strives to live a green and natural life and swears that most motherhood-related dramas can be solved by having a nice glass of wine at the end of the evening.

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