Evachill drink ideas: New Year’s Eve Champagne cocktails

We can’t believe 2016 is coming to an end already. Whether you think 2016 has been a great year or just plain terrible, there’s no denying that this year has come and gone quickly! The good news is we have New Year’s Eve to look forward to, which means celebrations, parties, drinks, and most probably spectacular firework displays.

One of the drinks heavily associated with New Year’s Eve is, of course, Champagne. In fact, we can’t think of another calendar event that has a drink quite so strongly matched to it. Christmas, for example, has all sorts of strong spirits and festive cocktails but New Year’s Eve is definitely time for bubbles.

Of course if you’re lucky enough to be drinking a bottle of vintage Henriot, Ruinart, Taittinger or Bollinger then firstly, we’re super jealous and want to come to your party, and secondly, those Champagnes are already perfect and don’t need any additional ingredients. For all other standard or no-name bottles of fizz then what better way to bring in the New Year than with our perfect Champagne cocktails.

Our perfect champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve

French 75

New Year's Eve Champagne cocktails - French 75 champagne cocktail

The French 75 cocktail is also sometimes called simply a 75 cocktail. It dates back to World War I and was said to have such a kick to it that it felt like being shelled with a French 75mm field gun.

 

Ingredients to make 1 champagne flute:

2 tbsp Cognac or Gin

2 dashes simple syrup

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2-4oz Champagne

 

Recipe:

1. Combine the Cognac/Gin, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake.

3. Strain into a chilled champagne flute.

4. Top up the rest of the flute with the Champagne.

5. Stir gently.

6. Enjoy.

Top tip: swap the lemon juice for fresh grapefruit juice for a different kick. 

 

Poinsettia

New Year's Eve Champagne cocktails - Poinsettia champagne cocktail

The Poinsettia cocktail is still quite a festive drink because it has cranberry juice in it. So if you feel like extending the Christmassy vibes all the way to the New Year then this is the cocktail for you.

 

Ingredients to make 1 champagne flute:

0.5 oz Cointreau

3 oz cranberry juice

2.5 oz Champagne

 

Recipe:

1. Pour the Cointreau cranberry juice into a chilled champagne flute. 

2. Stir gently.

3. Top up the rest of the flute with the Champagne.

4. Enjoy.

Top tip: make it a virgin mocktail by swapping the Champagne with Ginger Ale and the Cointreau with fresh orange juice.

 

Bellini

New Year's Eve Champagne cocktails - Bellini champagne cocktail

The Bellini was invented at Harry's Bar, Venice, back in 1934. It’s one of our favourite cocktails and a definite go-to drink because it tastes so nice!

 

Ingredients to make 1 champagne flute:

2 tbsp peach purée

5 oz Champagne

 

Recipe:

1. Pour the peach purée into a chilled champagne flute. 

2. Top up the rest of the flute with the Champagne.

3. Stir gently.

4. Enjoy.

Top tip: swap out the peach purée for any other fruit purée you like such as strawberry or cherry.

 

Kir Royale

New Year's Eve Champagne cocktails - Kir Royale champagne cocktail

The Kir Royal cocktail is French and a variation on the Kir. The traditional Kir cocktail uses white wine whereas the Kir Royale uses sparkling wine.

 

Ingredients to make 1 champagne flute:

0.25 oz Crème de cassis

5 oz Champagne

 

Recipe:

1. Pour the Crème de cassis into a chilled champagne flute. 

2. Top up the rest of the flute with the Champagne.

3. Stir gently.

4. Enjoy.

Top tip: swap out the Crème de cassis for Chambord Liqueur.


 

We also get a lot of questions from sparkling wine lovers asking if they can be poured into our Evachill bottles to stay cold. Of course they can! The thought of anyone having to drink warm Champagne is frankly tragic. So you can use your Evachill bottle to keep sparkling wine cold or anything else with bubbles, such as soda or sparkling water.


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