6 Delicious Champagne Cocktails You’ve Never Tried

posted: 12/29/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Whatever you're celebrating -- a new year, a big promotion, making it through a visit from your in-laws -- you can always find a reason to open a bottle of sparkling wine. These six inventive cocktails, which incorporate everything from coconut to pine sprigs and stout beer to raspberry puree, mean you can make the perfect drink for any occasion.

1. Juniper Champagne Cocktail

This version of a Champagne cocktail from Martha Stewart starts with homemade juniper syrup, which you can make up to a week in advance. Then mix it with your favorite sparkling wine and add a sprig of fresh pine for garnish; the result is a refreshing wintry drink perfect for parties on snowy nights.

2. The Volstead

This bright pink Volstead cocktail from Saveur, a specialty of New York City's now-closed MPD restaurant, gets its gorgeous color from a mixture of pureed raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Shake it with vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and top with Champagne for a showstopping overflow that's as fun to watch as it is to drink.

3. Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

This pretty cotton candy cocktail from new redhead Lauren Conrad may be too sweet for everyday drinking, but it's a sugary treat ideal for serving at baby or wedding showers, summer brunches, and holiday parties. Put a piece of cotton candy in each glass (you can make your own candy, or purchase prepackaged versions from companies like Spunlight on Etsy). Then top with St. Germain and Champagne; since the liquid will dissolve the candy, you'll want to pour on request for each guest to get the full effect.

4. Platinum Sparkle

Even the name of this Food & Wine drink -- the Platinum Sparkle -- sounds like something you need at your next New Year's Eve party. And since you can make most of it ahead of time by mixing batches of vodka, Lillet, and lemon juice, it's ideal perfect for serving a crowd; just shake with ice, pour into glasses, and top with Champagne as your guests arrive.

5. Black Velvet

Give your beer-drinking guests a Champagne option with the Black Velvet, a half-and-half mixture of stout and sparkling wine in a Collins glass. It's not as frilly as the rest of the cocktails on this list, so the tough guys at your party won't complain, but the added fizz and sweetness of the Champagne are a festive contrast to the dark stout.

6. Coconut Vanilla Bellini

Celebrate a snowy winter with this sparkly-rimmed white cocktail from How Sweet It Is. The coconut vanilla bellini mixes coconut puree with prosecco and gets its final sweet touch from glasses rimmed with homemade vanilla sugar and icing.