5 Ways to Use Leftover Champagne at Breakfast

posted: 12/27/16
by: Blythe Copeland

Most New Year's Eve parties just aren't complete without a Champagne toast at midnight -- and if you wake up the next morning to a bunch of unopened (or half-finished) bottles of your favorite sparkling wine, then you're halfway to a delicious breakfast. Get inspired with these recipes for French toast, pancakes, and fruit that help you make the most of your leftovers.

1. Cocktails

The easiest way to use leftover champagne at breakfast: Keep drinking it. Mix it with orange juice for a classic mimosa, or with peach puree for a sweet Bellini. You can also mix it with whatever fruit juice is left on your at-home bar -- pineapple, cranberry, orange -- for a quick and tasty champagne punch. Garnish with fresh fruits and berries to give the impression that you're starting the New Year with a healthier choice.

2. Sparkling Fruit with Granola Streusel

If you're planning a main dish of omelettes or quiche, serve Champagne-topped sparkling fruit with granola streusel from Delish as a light side dish. The base of the dish is a combination of pears, apricots, blackberries, and crystallized ginger, while the granola topping gets a homemade tweak with the addition of cashews, brown sugar, and ground ginger. You can put it all together the night before, too, though the recipe suggests using a dry wine instead of sparkling if it's prepared in advance.

3. Strawberry and Champagne Pancakes

4. Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French toast sounds like a labor-intensive dish, but it's simpler than you'd think -- and the end result from this recipe for Challah French toast stuffed with mascarpone, chocolate, and banana from Eating the Beats is worth the extra step. Spread slices of bread with a mixture of mascarpone and melted chocolate chips, and then layer with sliced bananas and top with a second piece of bread. Whisk Champagne into a bowl of milk, eggs, and cinnamon, and dip each sandwich before cooking. Top with berries, powdered sugar, almonds, or syrup.

5. Berries with Champagne Cream

Not in the mood for a big, heavy breakfast on January 1? Think lighter with simple berries and Champagne cream from Taste of Home. Whipping cream, egg yolks, sugar, and Champagne combine for a rich and simple homemade topping for fresh raspberries and strawberries. Serve the parfaits as low-key breakfasts on their own or as a refreshing dessert after a New Year's Day brunch.