Ah, champagne. Simply sipping on the effervescent beverage evokes the feeling of being at luxe soirée where attendees are dripping in diamonds, fireworks are bursting, and glasses are overflowing. But that doesn't mean you need to pop a bottle of Dom Pérignon to transport yourself to an extravagant New Year's Eve fête.
In fact, the following list of celebratory sparkling cocktails are best when made with the cheapest of champagnes. That's right—the moderately priced prosecco, the bottom-of-the-barrel brut, and dare we say, the sparkling wine. Spanning a fizzy pomegranate punch to a bubbly pear bellini, these champagne cocktail recipes ensure that you end the year on a high note.
Poinsettia Spritz Punch
Level of Difficulty: Easy. This poinsettia spritz punch only calls for four ingredients and comes together in a pitcher (or punch bowl if you happen to have one on hand).
Hero Ingredient: Elderflower liqueur lends a sweet, herbal, floral fragrance to this bubbly beverage.
Serving Tip: Make a batch, and let guests fill their glasses themselves to make your job as hostess as easy as possible.
Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail
Level of Difficulty: Medium. You'll need to break out a saucepan to make the candied rosemary garnish for this cranberry orange prosecco cocktail.
Hero Ingredient: "The cranberry orange jam brings out the prosecco's acidity while adding a slightly sweet flavor," notes recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery.
Serving Tip: Candied rosemary makes for a seasonally appropriate (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) garnish.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Level of Difficulty: Medium. This sparkling pomegranate punch requires a bar cart stocked with orange bitters.
Hero Ingredient: When paired with sparkling pomegranate juice and bubbly champagne, apple cider shines in this effervescent punch.
Serving Tip: Top each cocktail with pomegranate arils before serving. If you're feeling ambitious, add a sprig of candied rosemary too.
Pomegranate Jingle Juice Punch
Level of Difficulty: Easy. Well, we should clarify: This pomegranate jingle juice punch is easy to make if you omit the sugared cranberries, which aren't hard to make but do require a bit of time.
Hero Ingredient: Quality orange liqueur ties together the flavors of the tart pomegranate juice, the sweet champagne, and the slightly spicy ginger beer.
Serving Tip: A sprig of mint brightens up this ruby-hued cocktail.
Sparkling Pear Bellinis
Level of Difficulty: Hard. You'll need a baking sheet, a blender, and a bit of patience to make the spiced pear puree staring in these sparkling pear bellinis.
Hero Ingredient: The spiced pears—made with cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar—steal the spotlight in the fragrant, sweet drink.
Serving Tip: Garnish each glass with a showstopping pear star before serving.
Apple Cider Mimosas
Level of Difficulty: Easy. These two-ingredient apple cider mimosas only require a bottle of bubbly and a carafe of cider.
Hero Ingredient: Sweet, spicy, and evocative of the season, the apple cider is hands down the hero ingredient in this pared-down champagne cocktail.
Serving Tip: Rim each glass with ground cinnamon before garnishing with apple slices.
Raspberry Sorbet Rosé Floats
Level of Difficulty: Easy. These raspberry sorbet rosé floats come together in just minutes. Pro tip: Dip your ice cream scoop in a bowl of hot water before plunging into the sorbet.
Hero Ingredient: The vanilla vodka adds a welcome hint of sweet flavor to this sparkly beverage.
Serving Tip: A spring of mint beautifully contrasts with the raspberry sorbet and rosé brut.