Chilled champagne combined with simple mixers allow you to serve up New Year’s with a delicious twist. Use flutes to preserve nose-tickling bubbles and these three easy steps:
1) Go with a medium-quality dry champagne or other sparkling wine.
2) Use well-chilled champagne, mixers and glasses.
3) Combine the champagne and mixers gently, pouring slowly and stopping for a few seconds if a fizz starts up.
That’s it! Now you are ready to mix champagne cocktails at your New Year’s party. Here are three classic, yet simple, champagne cocktail recipes for you:
Black Velvet: This is nothing more than sparkling wine added to beer — a stout or aged porter, actually, and enjoyed by Londoners for ages. The amount of each ingredient depends on the beer you choose; start with 1 part stout or porter to 4 parts sparkling but don’t hesitate to play with the proportions up to a 50/50 combo.
Kir Royale: Add ½ ounce crème de cassis to your sparkler. Crème de cassis is a black currant liqueur, so the kir is quite amenable to experimentation with other berry and fruit liqueurs. Garnish with a berry or twist of lemon rind.
Poinsettia: Put in ¼ ounce of Cointreau and a splash of cranberry juice. Finish with a careful pour of your sparkling wine. You’ll love the festive color as well as the flavor.
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