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7 Best Sparkling Cocktails for the Holidays

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Nothing gets us in the party spirit quite like the sound of a popping bottle, which makes bubbly cocktails the perfect beverage for your holiday celebrations. These seven sparkling cocktails all use cozy seasonal ingredients—like apples, cranberries and cinnamon—and are sure to bring a festive touch to any holiday party.

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Inspired by the classic Champagne Cocktail, this effervescent cocktail soaks a demerara sugar cube in Nocino walnut liqueur instead of the usual Angostura bitters. A splash of sweet apple brandy makes the tipple even more suited for the holiday season.

The Essentials

apple brandy
Nocino
Champagne, to top
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Warm, nutty sherry is an underrated spirit for winter cocktails, and this seasonal spritz proves it’s just what your holiday drinks need. It’s incredibly easy to make. Just mix Fino sherry and ginger syrup in a rocks glass, and top with some Cava sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon and lime wedge for acidic brightness.

The Essentials

Fino Sherry
Ginger Syrup
Cava
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Tequila isn’t just a summer sipper; this spritzer incorporates the agave spirit with tart blood orange juice, Aperol and cranberry sauce—the same kind you’d find on the Christmas dinner table spread. A topping of Champagne lightens up these bold flavors, creating a vibrant, easy-drinking refreshment.

The Essentials

Reposado Tequila
Blood orange juice
cranberry sauce
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The traditional Scotch & Soda gets a wintery makeover in this smoky-sour variation. Blended scotch, bitter Campari, sweet honey and fresh lemon get shaken together, and topped with dry sparkling apple cider. It’s light and crisp, and perfect to serve as an aperitif at your party.

The Essentials

scotch
Campari
apple cider
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Inspired by the French 75, this crowd-pleasing cocktail is stylish, elegant, and couldn’t be easier to whip up. Herbaceous Hendrick’s gin mixes with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a little cranberry juice, which is then topped with bubbly Champagne. Skewer three fresh cranberries and lay them on top of the flute for an eye-catching garnish.

The Essentials

Gin
cranberry juice
Champagne
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Transform the basic brunch staple into a drink filled with Christmas cheer with a few simple adjustments. Add richness to the orange juice and Champagne blend by muddling in fresh cranberries, honey, orange liqueur and Angostura bitters. Then top with a whole cranberry and rosemary sprig for a pop of color and inviting aroma.

The Essentials

Fresh Cranberries
Cointreau
Champagne
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Instead of prepping and pouring individual cocktails for all of your guests, take the easy (but no less delicious) route by batching this Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria ahead of time and letting your guests pour a glass for themselves. Add the apple cider, white wine, Applejack, fresh lemon and cinnamon syrup to a pitcher. Throw in chunks of red apple, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate, and right before serving, top it with a little club soda for extra effervescence. Then sit back and actually enjoy your own party.  

The Essentials

White Wine
Sparkling Apple Cider
applejack

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