New Year's Eve is all about celebrating friends and family as we look back on the year behind us and rein in a new one full of opportunity and growth (we hope). It's about all things sparkly, so having a glass of champagne to raise as we toast to new beginnings is key. But it shouldn't be filled with just anything. This is a special occasion, after all, which is why we found eight champagne cocktail punch recipes to pour it up with something sparkly and delicious.
Since you can make and serve these drinks in big batches, they're ideal for anyone hosting a New Year's Eve bash or pre-party, or even just a festive winter gathering (award show season is just around the corner). They're also special enough to make a good impression too. Ready to step up your beverage game a notch without requiring too much heavy lifting and small-batch bartending on your end? Say cheers to 2019 with these festive champagne punch recipes.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
This sparkling pomegranate punch from Half Baked Harvest is refreshing, delicious, and pretty—the exact trifecta we're aiming for given the occasion. And even better, it only takes 10 minutes to make. All you need is pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange bitters, pomegranate, apple cider, and champagne. If you want to make the virgin option, replace the bubbly with club soda instead.
The Golden Night Cocktail
The golden hue of this cocktail is going to be the life of the party—just look at that glowing aura. This golden night cocktail from Salt and Wind is made with cardamon pods, pear Williams brandy, chilled champagne or sparkling white wine, and ripe pears for garnish (that fanned effect is going to be a crowd pleaser). It's sophisticated, elegant, easy on the palate.
Pointsetta Spritz Punch
Spread the celebratory spirit with a pop of color and seasonal ingredients. This poinsettia spritz punch from Half Baked Harvest will do the trick. It's super easy to make—you just toss everything into the pitcher (St. Germain, pomegranate juice, fresh cranberries, vodka, and rosemary) except for the champagne, which you should chill until it's ready to serve. Then pour it in and voilà!
Bittersweet Sparkling Cocktail
If you like your cocktails to be a tad sweet with bitter undertones, try this five-minute sparkling cocktail from Salt and Wind. Though it's crisp and refreshing, this champagne cocktail also boasts a warming wintery aroma, thanks to the pears and Suze liqueur, a French bitter aperitif. Just double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you'll be hosting.
Pomegranate Ginger Apple Cider Punch
Not too sweet, not too boozy, and easy to make in 15 minutes, this pomegranate apple cider punch recipe from Salt and Wind ticks all the boxes. Did we mention it somehow manages to set a cozy mood while also being refreshing and light? The secret ingredient is ginger, which gives it a nice sharp, spicy kick to it that really balances out the sweeter fruit flavors.
Blackberry, Raspberry, and Mango Cocktails
Looking for something healthier to make after an indulgent holiday? Look no further. These champagne punch cocktails from Food Faith Fitness are about as healthy as it gets when it comes to boozy and delicious beverages. They're not overly rich and decadent, but they definitely offer a nice, full taste. For tropical vibes, make the coconut mango sparkler or try the blackberry raspberry champagne cocktail for something moodier.
Blood Orange Champagne Mule
For a cocktail that will inspire all your guests to let loose and have a good time, you'll need a drink that embodies and inspires the sense of fun. And this is that cocktail. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, this blood orange champagne mule is citrusy, beautiful, and low-stress to make. You'll just need some ginger beer, champagne, vodka, lime, blood orange, and mint.
Classic with a twist, this lavender bellini from Salt and Wind is the perfect drink for a festive brunch or evening soirée. And the purple-and-orange color scheme gives it an even cooler edge. It's pretty easy to make, and you won't need any experience as a bartender to give it a try at home. The most difficult element will be making the syrup—it's so worth it though. You can really taste the homemade difference.