Christmas is over, 2021 is almost over, and it’s time to ring in a new year with some fun! Champagne is a classic way to celebrate, but you can change things up (and make that bottle go farther) by creating some fun champagne cocktails instead of drinking it plain.

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Whether you’re hosting friends, want to bring something special to a party, or are cuddling up with your family this New Year’s Eve, these bubbly drinks will bring a little extra sparkle to your celebration. Try one (or several) of these champagne cocktails to usher in 2022.

What Type of Champagne to Use?

All of these recipes can be made with any sparkling wine, like cava or prosecco. If you’re using a champagne, experts recommend Brut, which is a very dry champagne.

Don’t use an expensive champagne! Save that for a special occasion when you are drinking the champagne by itself.

Just Champagne

These cocktails don’t have any alcohol besides champagne. No liquor store needed! It also makes them simple to switch to mocktails if you’re pregnant, don’t drink, or just want to include the kids!

Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple cider feels like the holidays! This is as simple as the classic mimosa but feels like a fall or wintertime drink.

  • Champagne
  • Apple cider
  • Cinnamon and sugar for the rim
  • (If you want to add liquor) Brandy or dark rum

Champagne Sangria

You can make sangria with champagne instead of wine for a fruity, bubbly drink that will serve a crowd. You can also customize it with whatever fruit you like best! Unlike wine sangria, you serve this sangria immediately so the champagne doesn’t go flat.

Feel free to use regular simple syrup, or make your own flavored simple syrup with mint or raspberry (or both!) by bringing a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and a cup of mint or raspberry (or one of each) to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool and then strain.

  • Bottle of champagne
  • Orange juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges

Peach Bellini

You can make a super quick version of this refreshing drink or a really fresh version if you want to take a little more time. Treat it like a peach mimosa and just combine prosecco and peach juice or nectar. Or whip up a peach puree!

  • Peach puree: using a blender, blend peeled, chopped peaches and water. Some people add some peach juice, simple syrup or sugar as well.
  • Prosecco or champagne

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

This simple cocktail is just the right amount of tart. You can also add sugar to the rim to top it off.

  • Champagne
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Simple syrup

Mix and Match Mimosa

If you’re having friends over, set up a mix-and-match mimosa bar so everyone can choose their favorites. Get all kinds of fruit juices (orange, pomegranate, cranberry, pineapple, raspberry lemonade, whatever you can find!) and let your friends choose the ones they want with their champagne. Easy for you, and everyone’s happy!

  • Champagne
  • Variety of fruit and fruit juices
  • (If you want to add liquor) Vodka

Champagne Plus Liquor

If you’re looking to do a little more mixing this New Year’s Eve, here are great options that have champagne and another liquor. Maybe one of these will become your New Year’s tradition!

French 75

Not too boozy and not too sweet, French 75 is a crowd pleaser.

  • 1 oz gin
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Champagne
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Poinsettia

You know this is a holiday drink just by the name! If you like cranberry juice, this is a great option for you. Plus it looks pretty!

  • .5 oz Cointreau
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • Champagne
  • Cranberries and rosemary sprig for garnish

Classic Champagne Cocktail

The classic champagne cocktail is a show stopper because of the constant extra bubbles created by the sugar cube! Just add the champagne last.

  • Sugar cube
  • 5 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Squeezed lemon peel
  • Champagne
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Aperol Spritz

You’ve heard of the Aperol Spritz because it was hugely popular a couple years ago. But for good reason! It’s a great bubbly cocktail without being sickly sweet.

  • 1 oz club soda
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • Prosecco or champagne
  • Orange slice for garnish

Champagne Mule

Who doesn’t love a good Moscow Mule? Make it even better and more sparkly with some champagne!

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz Ginger beer
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • Muddled lime juice and mint leaves
Bethany Farnsworth is a human jungle gym, napkin, and personal shopper to her kids Peter, 5, and Lydia, 3. She met her husband at Baylor and moved from Waco to Houston to Dallas before finally settling in Austin in October 2019. She loves podcasts, iced coffee, uninterrupted bathroom time, traveling, coming home after traveling, and spending too much time planning activities that hold her kids' attention for 30 seconds. On a good weekend, you'll find her and her crew on a hiking trail or at a brewery -- you'll recognize them by the table full of toys and snacks. Read more at @austinwithkids or @bethanyfarns on Instagram.

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