champagne cocktails

Here’s to you!

Carol cheers

And a toast to what the new year has in store for all of us, with a few simple champagne or sparkling drinks. Just pour the ingredients into a flute, or mix in a pitcher for a larger quantity. For a non-alcoholic version of the diamond fizz or cosmo, use a sparkling white grape juice, sparkling apple juice, or lemon-lime soda instead of champagne or sparkling white wine. I like to serve these to my guests in aperitif glasses, so that they have the opportunity to sample several of the flavors!

quick bellini

1 part peach schnapps
3 parts champagne

kir royal

1 part cassis (currant liqueur)
3-4 parts champagne

original champagne cocktail

1 sugar cube
2-3 drops bitters

Drop a sugar cube into the bottom of a flute. Drop bitters onto the sugar cube; pour champagne over to fill the glass. 

parisian twilight

1 part creme de cacao (light or dark works well)
1 part cherry brandy
4 parts champagne

leapin’ lizard

1 part creme de cacao (light or dark works well)
1 part orange liqueur (orange vodka, triple sec, cointreau or grand mariner are some choices)
4 parts champagne

diamond fizz

1 part red or pink grapefruit juice
1/2 part rosemary infused simple syrup
4 parts champagne

cosmo champagne cocktail

1 part cranberry juice
1 part orange liqueur
1/2 part freshly squeezed lime juice
4 parts champagne

Garnish with lime zest and cranberries; serve in sugar rimmed flutes.

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