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New year, new… bottle of champagne. In honor of the impending new year, we decided to pay homage to everyone’s favorite bubbly beverage. And this time of year, its more popular than ever. In fact, At least 40% of champagne and sparkling wine shipments are sold during the final quarter of the year, according to Wine Institute. And what better tradition is there than to ring in the new year with a bottle of bubbly? To avoid champagne fatigue, here are three interesting ways to jazz up your flute. Sure, mimosas can be nice. But it’s time to stop pretending combining OJ and champagne is really a legitimate libation. These, by contrast… brace yourselves.
This festive drink is as zesty as it is boozy. If you can’t find blood orange liqueur or the fruit, just swap it for oranges, or even grapeftuit.
- 1.5 ounces 1800 Reposado Tequila
- 1 ounces blood orange liqueur
- 0.5 ounces blood orange juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1 ounce champagne
Directions: Add ingredients except champagne in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with Champagne. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
This drink worthy of a prince gets a delicate balance from sweet honey and bright, tangy citrus.
- 1 ounce Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Vodka
- 0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 ounce honey syrup
- 2 ounces California sparkling wine
Directions: Add ingredients except sparkling wine in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Champagne Flute. Top cocktail with sparkling California wine. Garnish with an expressed long lemon peel.
Never thought to combine gin and champagne before? Neither did we. You won’t look back.
- 1 ounce Boodles Mulberry Gin
- 3 ounces champagne
- Lemon twist, garnish
Directions: Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and garnish.
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