New Year’s is almost here and that means two things: Bowl games and champagne. On New Year’s we love to tailgate at home. Which means that we get a little more into the spirit than when we’re at the stadium. So we thought why not make some champagne cocktails to celebrate the New Year. We pulled some of our favorites so that you could experiment yourself. Here are fifteen champagne cocktail recipes for your New Year’s tailgate at home.
Champagne Versus Cava Versus Prosecco
Before we get to the recipes, we just wanted to take a minute to talk about the different types of sparkling wine. Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France. It is made in a traditional method where carbonation appears after bottling. Champagne tends to be dry with nutty notes. Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain. It can be white or rose. Cava also tends to be dry and has citrus notes. Prosecco is made in Northern Italy. It uses secondary fermentation to create carbonation. Prosecco is often sweeter, bright and fruity. All are great options for New Year’s, it just depends on personal taste and what cocktails you are making.
Champagne Cocktail Recipes For New Year’s
Now that you’ve stocked your wine fridge with sparkling drinks for your New Year’s tailgate party at home, let’s get to these awesome homegating recipes.
We’re starting off with the classic champagne cocktail. The cocktail is made with sugar, bitters, and a lemon twist. Dating all the way back to the 1800s, this cocktail highlights the flavor of the champagne. You can also add a splash of brandy or cognac to spice it up as well.
2. French 75
French 75 is another classic champagne cocktail. It dates back to WW1 and was extremely popular at the famous Stork Club. Some recipes call for calvados or cognac instead of gin. However, we like the classic version the best.
3. Kir Royale
We’re not sure what we like better, the cocktail or the name. Perfect for an aperitif or to ring in the New Year. This cocktail uses a blend of creme de cassis and champagne. Not only is this a tasty cocktail, it’s very easy to make.
Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Filtered Water
- 1 Large Pomegranate
- 1 Bottle Sparkling Wine (Prosecco)
Pomegranates are considered a lucky fruit in Mediterranean countries. It makes sense then to kick off your New Year with a pomegranate cocktail. We featured this cocktail a few years back and it was a huge fan favorite.
Not only is this a delicious cocktail with a blend of blackberry, rosemary, and champagne, it is also beautiful. The sugared rim sparkles against the layered cocktail. It’s definitely one that will impress your team when you serve it.
You read that right. There is such a thing as a champagne margarita and it’s delicious. It speaks for itself.
If we don’t celebrate with champagne on New Year’s, we’ll usually have a martini. So when we found this delicious martini that uses champagne, we knew we had to make it. With only two ingredients, it’s a perfect option to serve at your New Year tailgate at home.
Amaretto sours are really one of the best cocktails to warm you up in the winter. This version takes the classic cocktail and adds champagne. The result is a warm, light cocktail that is perfect for celebrating the New Year.
Sangria is always a hit at parties. It’s easy to make but you do have to plan ahead of time. This sangria is made by steeping the fruit in the wine, but right before serving you add champagne. The result is sweet, refreshing, and bubbly.
Bellinis are a really tasty champagne cocktail, but they are definitely for warmer weather. However, this twist using pear and spices warms up the cocktail for cooler weather. This is an excellent champagne cocktail to serve with a cheese plate.
Another warm weather cocktail that has been winterized is this winter aperol spritzer. Aperol is a more bitter spirit, but blended with pomegranate, citrus, and prosecco, it mellows the bitterness and brightens the citrus and herbal notes. It’s also very pretty, so great to serve to guests at your tailgate at home party.
Spiced Maple Bourbon Fizz
Spiced Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Tbsp Cardamon Pods
- 1 Star Anise
- 1 Inch Fresh Ginger, sliced
- Zest from 1 Orange
- 3 Tbsp Bourbon
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1-2 Dashes Orange Bitters
- 2 Tbsp Spiced Maple Syrup
- Champagne, for topping
Is there anything better than the warm vanilla caramel flavor of bourbon to warm you up on a cool day? We’d argue this spiced maple bourbon fizz. This is the most involved cocktail on the list. It uses a variety of ingredients and takes a bit of prep time, but the results are worth it.
We definitely went through a Moscow Mule phase where we could not get enough of the cocktail. So when we saw this variation, we knew we had to try it. Adding the citrus and the champagne has made us fall in love with mules all over again.
14. Prosecco Punch
We’d be remiss if we put together a champagne cocktail list without featuring a couple of punches. Punch is such a great option for parties. It’s easy, impressive, and there’s always enough to go around. We love this prosecco punch, it’s bright, tasty, and easy to make.
Spiced Bourbon Punch
- 2 Cups Spiced Apple Cider
- 1 Bottle Bourbon
- 1 Bottle Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- 1.5 Cups Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
- 1.5 Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Spiced Simple Syrup
Spiced Simple Syrup
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 10 Whole Cloves
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 6 Star Anise
If you’re in the mood for something a little spicier, try this spiced bourbon punch. Made with citrus, spices, and champagne, it’s a great punch to keep you and your guests warm. We know it will be a hit at your New Year’s tailgate at home.
These champagne cocktails are a great way to ring in the New Year. Whether you choose champagne, prosecco, or cava, you’ll be sure to have a tasty holiday. For more cocktail recipes and other ideas to tailgate at home, the team at Inside Tailgating has you covered. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check out our Amazon Storefront as we share tons of ideas, recipes, and product reviews to help you have the best time at your event.