These Champagne Cocktails are made FOUR ways: Raspberry Royale, Mimosa, Poinsettia, and Classic — the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve party!
While these champagne cocktails are absolutely PERFECT for New Years Eve, I’m the kinda girl who believes there’s always a reason to celebrate. 😉 Whether, it’s a holiday or a random Friday summer evening . . . bring on the champs!
What is a champagne cocktail?
A classic champagne cocktail is a beverage made with sugar, bitters, champagne, brandy, and garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Today, we’re mixing it up with FOUR different versions:
- Raspberry Royale
They’re all easy to make, festive, and bubbly!
All four of these champagne cocktail variations include champagne, but here are the other ingredients you’ll need if you’re making all four!
- Champagne – the MVP. See: what champagne to use for our recommendations.
- Fruit Juice – used for the mimosa and the poinsettia. Use whatever you have on hand. Try grape juice, cranberry, orange, raspberry lemonade, etc.
- Cointreau – used for the poinsettia. An orange-flavored triple sec liqueur that pairs beautifully with cranberry juice.
- Angostura Bitters – a concentrated bitters flavored with herbs and spices. This is what gives the classic champagne cocktail it’s signature flavor.
- Chambord – a sweet, rich raspberry liqueur used for the raspberry royale variation.
- Granulated Sugar – used to sweeten the classic version.
Champagne cocktail variations
- Raspberry Royale – Chambord (a raspberry liqueur) mixed with champagne.
- Mimosa – a fruit juice of your choice (grape, cranberry, orange, raspberry lemonade) mixed with champagne.
- Poinsettia – Cointreau (orange-flavored triple sec liqueur) and cranberry juice mixed with champagne.
- Classic – Angostura Bitters (a concentrated bitters flavored with herbs and spices) mixed with champagne and sweetened with granulated sugar. This is often also served with brandy and a maraschino cherry, so feel free to add those, if desired!
How to make
The order of assembly varies depending on which variation you’re making, but here’s a brief overview!
- If you’re sweetening with sugar, pour that into your glass.
- If you’re using other liquors (ex: chambord), measure those into your champagne flute.
- Fill the glass with champagne.
- Finish off with fruit juice (if using) and garnishes!
What champagne to use
You can spend as much or as little as you want on champagne. I usually spend between $10 and $20 a bottle.
The type of champagne you use depends on your personal tastes! “Brut” champagnes are less sweet, “sec” are moderately sweet, and “doux” are sweetest.
Some people like dryer, more brut champagnes while others prefer sweeter, wetter, doux champagnes.
Ultimately, how much money and the type of champagne you choose is up to you!
Tips and tricks
- Pick a good champagne. The champagne is obviously a big part of this recipe. Get something you enjoy drinking.
- Keep your ingredients chilled.
- Use fresh fruit and juices. Don’t use the concentrated cranberry cocktail type “juices”, because those have unnecessary added sweeteners.
- Use champagne flutes. Champagne flutes are specifically designed to preserve carbonation.
- Chill your flutes. Keep your champagne flutes in the refrigerator or stick them in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring the drinks so they stay cold longer.
- Don’t stir. Stirring kills the bubbles. Don’t do it! The carbonation helps the drink mix itself.
How to serve
Serve your champagne cocktails in champagne flutes! Not only do they look amazing, but they’re designed to preserve carbonation. If you don’t have champagne flutes, use wine glasses!
Traditionally champagne cocktails are served straight up (without ice), so I like to chill my ingredients and serve my champagne cocktails without ice, but you can also serve them on the rocks if desired.
These champagne cocktails are perfect for serving at New Year’s Eve parties. I love serving them with some delicious appetizers. Here are some of my favorites!
How to store
These champagne cocktails are DEFINITELY best served right away. As they sit, the champagne bubbles will flatten and the drink won’t be nearly as good.
If you have leftover champagne, put a bubble stopper in the bottle immediately and place it in the fridge. Leftover juices and garnishes can be stored in separate containers in the fridge.
Cheers, drink responsibly, and Happy New Year!
Four Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 oz Chambord
- Your choice of fruit juice: grape juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, raspberry lemonade etc.
- 3/4 oz cointreau
- splash cranberry juice
Classic Champagne Cocktail
- 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 6-8 shakes Angostura bitters
- Pour Chambord into a champagne flute and top with champagne.
- Fill flute 3/4 of the way full with champagne and top with choice of juice!
- Pour cointreau into a champagne flute. Fill the glass up (about 3/4 of the way) with champagne, then top with cranberry juice!
Classic Champagne Cocktail
- Place sugar into the bottom of a champagne flute, add in 8 shakes angostura bitters, then top with champagne and garnish with a lemon peel!
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
This post was originally published December 29, 2014 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.