While we can’t say we have lots of experience with leftover Champagne, the phenomenon certainly isn’t unheard of, especially this time of year. You are having some friends over for a holiday party, festive dinner, New Year’s Eve fete, and providing plenty of lovely wine, but later find yourself with half a bottle of sparkling wine rapidly de-bubbling in the fridge. What to do?
Relax. These eight resourceful recipes are the thinking drinker’s guide to resourcefulness. Waste not, want not, drink more Champagne?
If you’re planning on entertaining in the near future, grab some ice cube trays and make Champagne ice cubes, a festive addition to a punch bowl or breakfast cocktail.
Want to put that Champagne to good, boozy use, but don’t have a clear endgame in mind? Try making this simple syrup. Just swap out the rosé for Champagne, and you’re good to go. It’s a tasty touch for something like a Gin & Tonic, and also a nice gift for your mixology-loving friends.
If you’re feelin’ fancy, why not make some rose Champagne macarons? Bonus: The recipe only calls for a half-cup of Champagne.
If you’re feelin’ fancy but also lazy, try your hand at homemade Champagne vinegar (summary: let leftover Champagne sit covered on your counter for a few weeks. Done!).
Better still, invite us to the party next time. We’ll ensure there is zero leftover Champagne to be had.