Champagne Cocktails for New Year's and Beyond

Bubbly drinks to toast any occasion!

  • 15 Drink
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2016

Bubbles can turn any occasion into a celebration, from New Year's Eve to weddings to simply toasting the end of a long work week. But you don't have to limit yourself to a simple glass of champagne or prosecco in a flute—sparkling wines of all kinds have long been featured in cocktails of all styles.

Classic champagne cocktails like the French 75, Bellini, and, well, the Champagne Cocktail are equally great at brunch or a fancy cocktail party, and modern favorites like the Passionfruit Mimosa or Champagne Julep can spruce up your menu if you're looking to get creative.

No matter what time of year it is, we think it's safe to say your cocktail repertoire could use a bit more effervescence. So go ahead and pop that cork—you've earned it.

  • Prosecco, Peach Puree
    The Bellini is a classic champagne cocktail made with sparkling wine (often Prosecco, since it's an Italian drink), peach puree, and optionally peach liqueur. It has long been a favorite at brunch, as it introduces some fresh, fruity flavors that pair fantastically with breakfast foods. While the Bellini has a reputation for being a bit of a girly drink, we …
  • Stout, Champagne
    The Black Velvet cocktail is a favorite of St. Patrick's Day revelers everywhere, as it takes a classic Guinness stout (you can use any, but that's the most popular) and adds a celebratory dose of champagne or sparkling wine to make it feel festive. It's bubbly, satisfying, and sure to be a hit with folks who are tired of just drinking beer with green food c…
  • Champagne, Sugar, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Peel
    "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman shared these classic drinks in Casablanca, but they don't always require so much drama. The Champagne Cocktail is simple to make and great for any celebration, especially if you're getting dressed up.
  • Champagne, Absinthe
    Ostensibly invented by Ernest Hemingway, this cocktail shares a name with the author's classic treatise on bullfighting. The original calls for absinthe, but Pernod anise liqueur is a good substitute when that's not available.
  • Champagne, Orange juice
    The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that almost makes it feel appropriate to be drinking at 11 in the morning, and it couldn't be simpler to make. All you need is some Champagne (or any sparkling wine), orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed), and a day off to enjoy it.There's some debate among Mimosa "experts" about whether you should add the champag…
  • Passionfruit juice, Champagne
    The Passionfruit Mimosa is a brunch cocktail that's pretty much exactly what it sounds like: passionfruit juice and Champagne. Just like the classic Mimosa, it's super simple to make, and it's perfect for those Sunday mornings when you're feeling particularly tropical. If you want to get fancy, feel free to garnish with some fresh fruit of your choice—strawb…
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, peach puree, Prosecco
    The Cosmobellini is more of a hybrid cocktail than a descendant of any one recipe, combining both the original Cosmopolitan and the Bellini to make something entirely new. Bubbly, fruity, and citrusy, this is an absolutely delicious brunch cocktail that's sure to spice up your menu.
  • Gin, Champagne, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Lemon Twist
    The French 75 is a classic sweet and sour cocktail, augmented nicely by refreshing bubbles from the champagne. This one made its first appearance in print during Prohibition in 1927.
  • Champagne, strawberry, jello
    Jello shots are a staple at college parties, but these elegant Champagne jello shots are pretty enough for brunch.
  • Vodka, Hibiscus flower, Champagne
    Combining pear vodka, simple syrup, champagne, and an actual hibiscus flower, the Pear Hibiscus Brunch Cocktail is an absolute beauty that's sure to make the perfect complement to your next get-together. It's quite a bit stronger than other bubbly brunch cocktails thanks to the vodka, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a try! Just don't knock them ba…
  • Bourbon, Mint, Sugar, Champagne
    This recipe doesn’t deviate too heavily from the original, but employs a bit of champagne to mellow out the sugar and give the drink a bit of cosmopolitan elegance on top of its genteel roots.
  • Champagne, Genever, Angostura Bitters, Creole Shrub, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Rich Simple Syrup, Pineapple
    Erick Castro, former bar manager at San Francisco cocktail bar Rickhouse, came up with this deliciously light, fruity punch for the holiday season.
  • Champagne, crème de cassis
    The Kir Royale is a variation on the classic, simple French wine cocktail the Kir, and is made with champagne and crème de cassis. This is a light and bubbly drink, perfect for brunch or any celebration. It's pretty gorgeous looking, too.
  • Very Brunchy - Prosecco, Cannella Cinnamon Cordial, Fresh Orange Juice, Simple Syrup
    A beautiful riff on the classic French 75, the Italian version replaces gin with Cannella Cinnamon Cordial, lemon juice with orange juice, and of course prosecco instead of champagne.Despite the simple ingredients, you will be surprised by the layers it brings. Happy brunching!
  • White Wine, Shrub of Your Choice
    "My first, and thus far only, trip to Paris came in late 2001. I remember stopping at a bistro for lunch, and I saw a Kir Royale on the menu. I was intrigued, so I ordered it. Quite a tasty drink. The classic Kir is crème de cassis and white wine. The Royale uses champagne in place of the wine. You can make a Kir variation using just about any of the frui…

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