Liven up your New Year's Eve gathering with one of these three delicious and quick champagne cocktails...

Festive Champagne Cocktails for Your New Year’s Eve Party….

on December 30 | in Dinner, Drinks, Entertaining, Food, Holidays, Quotes, Recipes | by | with 12 Comments

Folk Champagne Toast with quote by G.K. Chesterton - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

Ringing in the new year among friends and family is one of the things I cherish most about the holiday season.  Thanksgiving may mark the start of the holiday festivities but it is New Year’s Eve that is the season’s true culmination.  Old and new friends, family and strangers gather close to toast the passing of one year and to usher in the start of one anew.  For me, nothing symbolizes this right of passage better than lifting the proverbial glass of bubbly.  But a whole night of one drink can get a bit repetitive, so why not mix it up a little with sparkling wine cocktails!

I know for some, sparkling wine is sacred; a treat best left pure and unadulterated.  However, there is always part of me that is always searching for a way to create traditions that  incorporate the aspects of how I live.  I love respecting the past, but sometimes you need to merge the old with the new to create new traditions.  In this case, I wanted to give champagne a twist so I asked several of my mixologist friends for what they thought were the best champagne cocktail recipes.  What I got were three very different cocktails that are fun, easy and will totally impress your guests….

FOLK New Years Eve Champagne Drinks Trio - Cherry Bomb, Champagne Mojito & Raspberry Champagne Fizz.

Who says that mojitos are only for hot weather?  Why not surprise your guests with a Champagne Mojito?  Choose a slightly sweet sparkling wine like a demi-sec to really play up the lime elements in this drink.  The best thing about this drink?  You can make a pitcher in advance and set it up for guests to serve themselves!  Now you are free to salsa the night away are you welcome the new year……

Folk Champagne Mojito. Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

Champagne Mojito Recipe - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

Like many of you, I have friends who prefer beer over wine and my recipe for a Raspberry Champagne Fizz meet my fermented grain-loving friends half way since the secret ingredient in this recipe is raspberry wheat beer or lambic.  The addition of rosemary garnish adds a nice herbal note that cuts what could be an overly sweet drink….

Folk Raspberry Champagne Fizz - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

Raspberry Champagne Fizz Recipe - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

But for those of you who do like your drinks on the sweet side, then get your sugar fix with the Cherry Bomb.  The combination cherry liqueur, cherry syrup and yup, you guessed it….cherries make this the perfect drink for those guests who love big flavor.  I promise you, it is like a fruit bomb going off in your mouth….

Folk Champagne Cherry Bomb - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

Champagne Cherry Bomb Recipe - Styling by Courtney Lake, Photography by Adrienne Aubry

So as the clock strikes 12, raise one of these cocktails to the coming year and I am positive your guests will have stories to tell the next day.

Credits: Photo Styling: Courtney Lake // Photography: Adrienne Aubry 

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12 Responses to Festive Champagne Cocktails for Your New Year’s Eve Party….

  1. Oh my, Courtney… I don’t drink wine but these photos have me wanting to change my mind! They sound positively delicious! Outstanding and gorgeously inspiring post!

  2. Beth at Unskinny Boppy says:

    Wow!! Those all look delicious! What a way to break out from the normal (boring) drink rotation!

    Ok, it’s official. You’re awesome. I love everything about this post. Standing O for Courtney!

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  4. Alejandra says:

    Courtney! These are STUNNING! You did an amazing job. LOVE the raspberry rosemary skewer idea SO much.

  5. Gina says:

    All three for me please! These look so festive and yet are so simple to pull off.

  6. Courtney – these look amazing! I’m all about the cocktails and love a good mojito so I’ll be mixing up a batch before I salsa the night away – cheers!
    Kelly

  7. Fabulous Courtney!! I can’t wait to try each one. Headed out in the morning to purchase what I need! Thank you for sharing these amazing cocktails with us.

    Heather

  8. Vanessa says:

    I think I’m coming to your house for New Year’s Eve ok Courtney? ;-) Those all sound perfectly delicious but I’m pretty sure that raspberry fizz will be making an appearance at my home tomorrow night! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful post and yummy recipes with us!
    Vanessa

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