15 Best Bubbly Cocktails for Toasting the Holidays
Add a little sparkle to your holiday celebrations with our best Champagne cocktails. These bubbles bring the party! We feature some recipes that go low on the alcohol along with a few higher octane choices. They're our best bub's! Great for Christmas parties, for pre-gaming holiday dinners, and, of course, for ringing in the New Year.
The Best Champagne Cocktails
Let's kick this off with a classic! Sipping the original champagne cocktail just feels sophisticated. A cube of sugar, a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, and some sparkling wine -- that's all there is to this glamourous cocktail.
If you thought it couldn't get easier than the original champagne cocktail, may I introduce you to the two-ingredient mimosa? Bubbles and OJ. "This mimosa is a traditional brunch beverage," says Jodi Hamrick. "Enjoy this light delight on Mother's Day, Christmas, or any special occasion."
Here's another simple, low-alcohol option for holiday parties and Christmas brunch. Cranberry juice and sparkling wine, that's it! "I made it on Christmas Eve and, of course, Christmas morning for my family," says ashergirl2. "Everyone really enjoyed the tart cranberry flavor with the sweet sparkling champagne. TIP: Freeze the cranberries before adding them to your glass to keep the drink even colder!"
4. Party Mimosa
Apricot-mango nectar and pineapple choice are the secrets to this party cocktail! "A nice change from just plain orange juice for mimosas," says OStreetGuy. ""Made this for Christmas brunch and everyone enjoyed it."
Agave nectar and Chambord, the raspberry-flavored liqueur, create "a nice easy champagne variation with a Southwestern twist," says The Jazz Chef.
Here's one for holiday party punch people! Cranberry juice, pink lemonade, and limeade concentrate mix it up with Champagne, white wine, and club soda. Garnish with lemon slices, fresh mint leaves, and whole cranberries for an extra festive punch bowl of fun. "Fruity, but not too sweet," says DPRYOR. "I've added more club soda to make it a little lighter. Keep the punch cool with ice cubes or an ice ring."
A little orange liqueur elevates the OJ here to create a real treat for the holidays. "Don't skip the sugar rimmed glass," recommends texascook. "It gave it the right festive touch."
Here's a classic party punch that's fruity and refreshing with cranberry juice, pink lemonade, limeade, Champagne, and white wine. "This punch was a HUGE hit at my Christmas Eve party," says ANGELA. "Everyone loved it."
Pretty pomegranate juice adds rosy hue to this classic. Garnish with ruby-red pomegranate seeds if you like. "I made these for Christmas Day, everyone loved them!" raves Barbara Jurado.
10. French 75
Time to bring out the big guns! It's gin for the win, with lemon juice and simple syrup in supporting rolls. Shake it up over ice and strain this hard-hitting cocktail into a Champagne flute or collins glass and top it off with Champagne. "This drink is fantastic!" raves Rebecca Mayhew. "It's also great to partially mix in bulk, then top either in a pitcher or individually with the champagne! Perfect for a group Brunch!"
11. Pear Mimosa
This sparkling pear cider take on the mimosa "tastes lighter than the orange juice version and doesn't diminish that lovely champagne fizz," says Kris Swiggum.
Another two-ingredient classic. "Canned peaches, sparkling wine, and a blender are all that is needed for a nice cold peach beverage," says MAGNOLIAWENCH. "Add a dash of grenadine for a more colorful drink!"
13. Christmas Mimosa
Sparkling wine, cranberry juice, and a splash of orange liqueur create "a wonderful Christmas morning drink with a pink hue that looks lovely when garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries," says ERIKIM21.
The classic poinsettia goes large here with the addition of club soda and gets a boozy boost from orange-flavored vodka. "Wow," says Kim Serrano. "I made an ice mold with fresh cranberries and orange slices with a few rosemary sprigs for green. As it melted the cranberries were a fun pop of sour in our glasses."
Sparkling rose and apricot mango juice are all it takes! "This is a twist on the classic mimosa," says thedailygourmet. "The apricot mango juice gives this mimosa a taste of the tropics.">.
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