5 CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
With Christmas out of the way it is now time to focus on New Year's! I usually head out of NYC for New Year's Eve, escape the madness, and have a quiet one with my family somewhere (preferably warm!). But, when I'm here, I love having a fun evening in with friends and family. The thought of going out and dealing with all the crowds just isn’t my thing. Besides, who doesn’t love a party with little finger bites to snack on along with some champagne cocktails!? Keeping it super simple is key, and I want to share some easy, champagne cocktails with you - the best way to end the holiday season!
The French 75 is a classic and super simple - gin, simple, lemon juice + champagne. You can't go wrong with this one.
SORREL CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
This is hands-down one of my favorite champagne cocktails to make and is always a feature at my events. Sorrel is a sweetened, hibiscus drink scented with cloves and cinnamon that hails from the West Indies. I love to make a sorrel simple syrup and top with champagne for a gorgeous, sweet-tart, rose-colored cocktail. Take 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers + 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water and bring up to a boil - if you want to up the ante, throw in a cinnamon stick and 4 whole cloves. Remove from the heat and let steep 20 minutes. Strain and cool the syrup. Add 2 oz. of the cooled syrup to a champagne flute and top with the champagne of your choice!
With only 3 ingredients, grapefruit juice + Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur + champagne, this drink is easy, elegant and tasty. Although I'm not a grapefruit eater myself, a touch of grapefruit in a cocktail (think: paloma) adds the perfect bitter note. The ginger liqueur adds just the right amount of sweetness, and the whole thing goes down really easy....a bit too easy if you know what I mean.
The basis for this cocktail is again citrus because 'tis the season. Orange juice + lime juice form the base. Add a little vodka, brown simple syrup, and champagne and top with raspberries to keep it festive!
CHAMPAGNE SORBET FLOATERS
When in doubt, go to your grocery store (or local bodega...), pick up a pint or two of your favorite sorbet and throw it on top of champagne, prosecco, sparkline wine, cava or whatever you are serving. It will look gorgeous, and, as the sorbet melts, it will infuse your champagne with fruity sweetness!
Wishing everyone a very happy New Year's and all the best in 2016!!!