As the clock counts down to midnight, there’s no better way to toast the New Year than with a glass of Champagne—except for a Champagne-based cocktail. Spritzy, festive and often boozier than a straight glass of bubbly, these fantastic drinks will kick any New Year’s Eve party up a notch or three. Here, the best Champagne-based cocktails to ring in the New Year.
6 Best Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve
The ur-boozy bubbly beverage, the Champagne Cocktail is an oldy but a goody, which will be as good next year as it was this year, as it was last year. It’s perfect for those ringing in the new year without any intention of changing or making phony resolutions.
The French 75 is named for the drink’s powerful kick, which rivals that of WWI-era French artillery—or in this case, New Year’s fireworks. The recipe amps up Champagne with a hit of gin and lemon juice, making for a dazzling display of boozy delight.
Blackcurrant liqueur adds a sultry tone to a New Year’s celebration, giving revelers a striking red alternative to the typical golden flute of Champagne. Sip this dark, romantic nectar as the clock counts down to midnight.
Crème de Cassis
Like celebrating with grapes at midnight, the fresh peach in a Bellini is a fruity way to note the passing of another year. While the drink might not carry the same notions of good luck, you certainly won’t feel unlucky drinking this delicious combo of peach purée and Champagne.
This low ABV spritz will ensure you make it all the way to midnight. Made with apricot liqueur, Aperol and dry Champagne, it’s a beautiful, bright, sparkling beverage that will whisk you away to a sun-dappled patio, no matter how chilly it is outside.
Keep the Champagne party going all through the night and into the New Year with a Mimosa at New Year’s Day brunch. The eternal king of day drinks will start you off right in the New Year (or at least help you recover from a long night of debauchery).