10 Twists on Champagne Cocktails

In a few weeks, we will be on the brink of a new decade: the crazy twenties. At least, we can only hope that they are as roaring, rampant, and revolutionary as the 1920s that preceded them. Simply without the ban, please. And so, with glasses of alcohol in hand, we will leave the 2010s in the dust. Now, those glasses could hold the usual champagne, perhaps even a sugar cube or raspberry for extra flamboyance, but we recommend going the extra mile and pouring a champagne cocktail at the New Years Eve party. It will be just as appropriate in the early afternoon when guests start leaking as it will at midnight, and it will attract far more praise than a glass of sparkling wine.

Here before you have 15 champagne drinks that will adapt to the occasion, or any occasion of celebration, really. There’s the simplest of the simple champagne cocktails (called, literally, the Champagne Cocktail), a shot of champagne to satiate an army of revelers, and more than a few champagne cocktails to drink the next morning, when the dog hair is very necessary (think Mimosas). There’s even an assassin named Death in the Afternoon that only a person who can rise to the challenge of drinking the size of Ernest Hemingway could love, with wormwood and champagne. We recommend brut champagne in all cases, as it is not too sweet. From there, we will leave the rest of the party planning for you.

10 Twists on Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

• 1 sugar cube
• 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
• brut champagne

Directions

Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute, lash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters, fill the glass with brut champagne, and squeeze a lemon twist on top.

Air Mail

Ingredients

• 2 oz. golden rum
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• 1 tsp. honey
• 5 oz. brut champagne

Directions

Mix rum, lime juice, and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then pour unstrained into Collins glass. Fill with champagne. (We recommend using Puerto Rican rum.)

B2C2

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 oz. brandy
• 1 1/2 oz. Bénédictine
• 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau
• 4-6 oz. brut champagne

Directions

Combine the brandy, Bénédictine, and Cointreau in a glass. Top off with room-temperature brut champagne.

Champagne Punch

Ingredients

• brut champagne
• 1 1/2 oz. brandy
• 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau
• 1 bottle club soda
• 1 orange rind
• pineapple slices
• orange slices
• mint
• strawberries

Directions

In a punch bowl, deposit the ingredients and a berg of ice. Decorate with sliced fresh pineapple and orange and plenty of fresh mint. Crushed fresh strawberries add a gala touch, plus some flavor.