Johnny Miller
December 31, 2012 02:50 PM

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.

Kir Royale
Combine a splash of cr me de cassis (black currant liqueur) with champagne.

Black Velvet
Combine equal parts champagne and stout or porter beer.

Bubbles ‘N’ Blue
Combine equal parts champagne and Hpnotiq liqueur.

Midori Sparkle
Pour ¾ oz. Midori liqueur into a glass; fill with champagne.

Blushing Saint
Combine 1 oz. St. Germain liqueur and 1 oz. cranberry juice in glass; fill with bubbly.

Perfect Pear
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.

Champagne Julep
Pour ½ oz. ginger syrup (found in the gourmet aisle) into a glass and fill with bubbly. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

French 75
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.

Champagne Cocktail
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.

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