Ready or not, it’s nearly time to ring in 2013. These 13 cocktails – from Elise Loehr, co-owner and sommelier at Nashville’s popular F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar – will add an extra fizz to your New Year’s celebration.
“Champagne cocktails are celebratory,” says Loehr of the drinks, which can be made with any sparkling wines. “They’re a wonderful combination of the brightness, slight acidity and texture of champagne with the sweeter qualities of the cocktail.”
Combine equal parts champagne and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Combine 2 parts champagne or Prosecco with 1 part peach puree.
Combine a splash of cr me de cassis (black currant liqueur) with champagne.
Combine equal parts champagne and stout or porter beer.
Bubbles ‘N’ Blue
Combine equal parts champagne and Hpnotiq liqueur.
Pour ¾ oz. Midori liqueur into a glass; fill with champagne.
Combine 1 oz. St. Germain liqueur and 1 oz. cranberry juice in glass; fill with bubbly.
Fill a shaker with ice and add 1 oz. pear vodka and 1 oz. pear-flavored liqueur. Shake well, strain into a glass, then add a splash of bubbly.
April in Paris
Fill shaker with ice, 1 oz. Creme de Violette liqueur and ½ oz. simple syrup. Shake, strain into a glass and fill with bubbly.
Pour ½ oz. ginger syrup (found in the gourmet aisle) into a glass and fill with bubbly. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Fill shaker with ice and add 2 oz. gin, 1 tsp. sugar and ½ oz. fresh lemon juice; shake well. Strain into a glass half full of ice and then top with champagne. Garnish with lemon slice.
Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a flute glass and add a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Fill with champagne and garnish with lemon twist.
Drop a sugar cube into a flute glass and add 1 oz. Hum Liqueur and 1 oz. ruby red or pink grapefruit juice; fill with bubbly.