6 champagne cocktails to help ring in the new year in style
Out with the old, in with the ... best champagne drinks this side of the bar.
There's only one way to end a year like this: with a strong, stiff drink.
Our recipe contributors have rallied for a cause we know you'll thank them for: making sure you're stocked up with the most stylish, satisfying cocktails to help you usher in the new year. From mango-infused liquor to the most merrymaking mimosas, these Israeli Kitchen champagne cocktail combinations will surely let all your acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ... at least until the morning after.
Orange cranberry champagne sangria
Someone once said that putting fruit in your drinks is for sissies. That someone has never had a champagne sangria. Our "crangria," made with cara cara oranges and fresh cranberries, is both seasonal and delicious. It's festive, fruity and sophisticated. For best results, use fresh fruit!
Madame 57 (mango champagne cocktail)
This one comes to us courtesy of French 57, a hip new bar in Tel Aviv, Israel, helmed by Oron Lerner. It's based on the classic French 75 cocktail, made from Cognac or gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar. But at this bar, which merges New Orleans style and recipes with local, Israeli ingredients, a hint of mango and habanero are used to cap off their top-shelf sparkling wine.
Is it a brunch drink? Is it a dessert? Is it a midnight snack? We can't be sure, but we do know one thing: This is our new favorite way to drink a mimosa. It's like a boozy, fizzy creamsicle that also packs on the Vitamin C.
Champagne fruit cocktail with fruit-filled ice cubes
You can serve ice cubes with your drinks like everyone else, or you can serve these adorable ice garnishes filled with all sorts of fruits for a champagne cocktail with a metaphorical cherry on top. Israeli Kitchen contributor Sarah Berkowitz admits this one takes some advance prep, but the result is a colorful enhancement to any New Year's celebration.
Mango sorbet champagne cocktail
Probably the easiest one of the bunch, this frosty concoction brought to us from Jerry James Stone requires only two ingredients: mango sorbet and champagne. The result is a stunner in the visual sense, as well as a flavor powerhouse. And you can use the leftover sorbet to feed the little ones, who undoubtedly are trying their best to stay up till midnight.
'That's What She Said' cocktail
Acclaimed mixologist Kelsey Didit has been spinning her booze-tinged yarn in New York's nightlife scene for some time now. Recently, she's taken over the craft cocktail menu at Bustan, a modern Israeli restaurant on the Upper West Side. So when we asked her to whip up her best New Year's cocktail, she knew it had to be special – and include a Mediterranean flair. She gifted us with the "That's What She Said," a simple yet sophisticated blend of fine liqueur and smooth Prosecco.
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