Since the holidays are all about celebration, festivity, and joy, why not apply that mindset to your cocktails, too? This New Year's Eve, raise a dressed up glass by getting fancy with herbs, berries, bar gadgets, and color. It's the best way to usher out 2016, and give a warm welcome to 2017. If you want your bottle service to boast a fresh twist with inventive additions to the classic cocktail repertoire, you've come to the right place.
And because New Year's Eve is associated with bubbly, we're honor tradition by keeping champagne in the cocktail mix in more ways than one. If you haven't caught on, we're loving the extra fancy flourishes to poppin' bottles this winter. From homemade bitters to a vibrant-hued garnish or two, keep scrolling to see our favorite champagne cocktails.
Don't be Passe, Brulée
This wintery recipe from Waiting on Martha is a bruléed grapefruit and gin fizz. Yes, you finally have an excuse to bring out the torch from your kitchen drunk, oops, junk drawer. But seriously, the bruléed top adds a nice sugary twist to the tart grapefruit flavor.
Keep you bubbly cool in an equally sophisticated ice bucket like this one.
Go aLl out And Be Berry Festive
Berries have a lower glycemic index than other fruits, so if you're looking for something not overly sweet, a pop of raspberry or cranberry will fit the bill. This poinsettia spritz punch recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a colorful combination of tart cranberry with sweet, aromatic elderberry liqueur. It's completely delectable.
This handsome marble base and playful barbell top tell us that this corkscrew has had the proper training for some hardcore beverage concocting.
Sage Advice: It's Herb Thyme
Spruce up your sparkling beverages with a sprig of rosemary or sage. The savory aroma will add a lovely layer to any champagne cocktail. We love this recipe from Floating Kitchen that calls for sage. Imbibe in an afternoon pick-me-up combining equal parts prosecco, cava, or champagne with some freshly squeezed grapefruit. Because champagne and grapefruit cocktails are even better when you add the right garnish.
With another year come and gone as well as the promise of new possibilities, New Year's Eve is bittersweet. Just like these sugar cubes when paired with the right bitters.
Practice Your Pick-up limes
If you're hosting a cocktail party, it's all about presentation (well not all, but you know what we mean). We like the way this drink from Minimalist Baker is thinking… Add pomegranate seeds and lime wedges for a pop of color, and up the ante with one giant ice cube. This champagne cocktail is the perfect low-maintenance party drink.
Pour it up with this chic pitcher. The wide opening will make you a heavy-handed bartender, too, so your guests will be happy.
Have a favorite champagne cocktail? Tell us in the comments below.