For most wine enthusiasts, the word “bubbly” conjures up thoughts of Champagne and Prosecco. While you can never go wrong with sparkling wine in your cocktail (there are a few such gems on this list), there are myriad ways to add fizz to your cocktail.
From gin and vermouth, to espresso and apple cider, we’re ramping up New Year’s Eve with these whimsical and winter-inspired concoctions. Strap on your party hats and check out eight of VinePair’s best bubbly cocktails to drink on New Year’s Eve.
The Winter Mist Recipe
You might need to add a few unique ingredients to your bar cart to make this cocktail, but you won’t be disappointed with the result. This highly aromatic spritz, which uses both tonic water and Cava for fizz, has a touch of spice weaving through the cassis flavors of dark berries. Finish it off with a slice of orange to boost the citrus aromatics from the bitters.
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The French Quarter Fizz Recipe
Elegant yet fluffy, this cocktail reminds us of the playfulness of jumping into a fresh snowbank. The pillowy and foamy dome comes from shaken egg white, while yellow chartreuse brings soft, herbal notes to the palate. The fizz is delivered by club soda to allow the authentic aromas and flavors of the chartreuse to shine.
The Second Summer Recipe
Between the red cranberry juice and the green rosemary garnish, it doesn’t get more wintry than this libation. Juniper berries and cloves round out the cozy essence, signifying that sparkling cocktails deserve a footing in every season.
The Wintry Night Recipe
Make sure to use extra brut (completely dry) sparkling wine for this bubbly cocktail, as the sweetness comes from sweet vermouth and cinnamon simple syrup. The red fruit flavors in a rosé sparkling wine will add to the complexity, while the splash of orange bitters brings a comforting sense of balance on the finish.
The Spiked Coffee Tonic Recipe
Need a little jolt of caffeine to help get you to midnight? This is the bubbly cocktail for you. The simplicity of this recipe will make you wonder why it’s not in your regular cocktail arsenal. Combine espresso, gin, and tonic water with homemade brown sugar syrup for a drink that’s elevated and uncomplicated.
The Apple Cider 75 Recipe
Move over pumpkin spice, apple cider is in the spotlight for this winter-inspired recipe. A riff on the traditional French 75, which uses Champagne, this recipe uses sparkling apple cider for fizz, which also brings just enough sweetness to balance both the lemon juice and herbal notes in the gin. Garnish with thinly sliced apples to embellish the apple theme.
The ‘Sec’ Back Your Clock-Tail Recipe
Relishing in “thyme” is what makes this bubbly cocktail appropriate for New Year’s Eve. As you wait for the clock to strike midnight, mix Vouvray sec, gin, a touch of lemon juice, and a thyme-infused simple syrup. The result is refreshing and distinguished.
The Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe
The bubbly part of this recipe comes from ginger beer, which adds the perfect amount of spice alongside neutral-flavored vodka and lime juice. A touch of sweetness comes from an easy-to-make cranberry simple syrup. Use fresh or frozen cranberries to heighten the wintry cranberry flavor.