There’s no question that 2021 was a pretty rough year, and all of us are hopeful and excited to usher in 2022. It also marks the first time in several years we have the option of gathering with friends and family, which means that celebratory cocktails are absolutely on the menu.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve, we’re all about sparkling wine. Whether that means straight-up Champagne or a fun cocktail, we’re ready!
Floozy & Bubbly
This bubbly New Year’s cocktail offers a delicious mix of gin, lemon, apricot liqueur, China-China Amaro, Amargo Chuncho bitters, topped with a float of Crémant. “This New Year’s season we took one of our best selling cocktails, the Still Floozy, and topped it with Crémant for a refreshing, citrus take on a French 75. A light and festive cocktail,” said Daniel King, Director of Operations at Butchertown Hall in Nashville.
Available at Sunda New Asian in Nashville and Chicago, this beautiful cocktail features Grey Goose La Poire, ginger, pineapple, sparkling sake and a cinnamon rim. Sunda New Asian head mixologist, Nahm Kim says: “The Peared Sake is one of the most popular drinks at Sunda. The sparkling sake really brings the freshness to a different level and is the perfect drink to celebrate the New Year.”
Available at I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, this is a refreshing and celebratory cocktail that combines St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit Rose, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, Prosecco, and a lemon peel twist. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago Food and Beverage Director Grant Gedemer says: “Our Grapefruit Spritzer has been a perennial favorite since it is so well balanced, and because it is made with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, a lower ABV spirit for easy drinking. This cocktail is an excellent blend of tart, sweet, bitter, and effervescent. It lends itself well to cooler-weather celebrations – especially for the new year!”
Available at Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, this cocktail is made with Yola Mezcal, grapefruit liqueur, Salers Aperitif, orange bitters, Cava or similar natural sparkling wine and sparkling water. “With an ideal balance of smoky, bitter and sweet, this spritz gives you a little bit of everything to ring in the new year. The grapefruit liqueur in particular (this recipe uses Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse) gives the drink a citrusy brightness that evokes the optimism of the holiday. Whichever wine you choose, make sure it’s natural and off-dry to keep the cocktail fresh,” said Noah Manskar, Beverage Director of Colonia Verde.
Berries and Bubbles
At The Listening Room Cafe, with locations in Nashville and The Smoky Mountains, Berries and Bubbles has light notes of hazelnut, raspberry and a creamy finish, offering a lighter take on a holiday beverage by combining Frangelico, St. George Raspberry Liqueur, and a touch of half and half, topped high with Champagne. “Our Berries and Bubbles cocktail offers a sweet and creamy palate that is lightened by topping with sparkling wine. Best enjoyed after dinner and before the Champagne starts flowing this New Year’s season,” said Chris Blair, owner and founder.
At Casa Limone in New York City, the Kir Italiano is an elegant, bubbly cocktail, made with Prosecco, lemon juice, simple syrup, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and Crème Yvette—a fragrant liqueur made with parma violet petals, blackberries, red raspberries, wild strawberries and cassis, honey, orange peel and vanilla. Its dramatic red color and delicate bubbles make this the perfect festive cocktail to toast to the new year! “The Kir Italiano is a great holiday cocktail as its vivid color brings out the holiday spirit. It’s a take on the classic Kir cocktail—in ours, we add Crème de Cassis and elderflower liqueur, which gives it a unique flavor. Although served chilled in a champagne flute, this is a cocktail that will keep you warm on cold winter days in New York City,” said Alex Teisanu, CEO and Director of Casa Limone.
Embury’s Champagne Redux
At Boston-based Atlántico, the Embury’s Champagne Redux is made with champagne, spiced cranberry cordial, Royal Combier, lemon juice, an angostura soaked sugar cube, and is garnished with sugar dusted cranberries.”While giving a dutiful nod to the classic, this champagne cocktail delicately balances wintry, warm spice with fresh cordial to create a complex cocktail experience to liven any gathering,” said Head Bartender Seth Corliss.
Sleigh All Day
At Wynn Las Vegas, this cocktail is made with Grey Goose Essence White Peach & Rosemary Vodka, Cointreau, spiced-orange cranberry rooibos tea syrup, lemon juice, and topped with rosé sparkling wine, cranberries, and rosemary. “The Sleigh All Day is inspired by my love for hosting celebrations during the holidays, especially New Year’s Eve. I used my favorite holiday flavors and ingredients and topped them with the ultimate celebration ingredient— Champagne! This cocktail is great in a punch bowl to make ahead so you can enjoy the celebration as well!” said Mariena Mercer Boarini, molecular mixologist.
The Big Crush
At Grill 23 & Bar in Boston, The Big Crush is made with Stoli razberi vodka, chambord, bauchant, citrus, and a prosecco float. Beverage Director Hugo Bensimon says, “The Big Crush is a fun, festive drink that makes enjoying a cocktail feel like a special occasion in itself! The drink is an eye-catching pink and looks especially sparkly with its bubbles and crushed ice-covered rim. It’s extremely drinkable with food or without and has become a guest favorite since debuting on our me
Sparkling White Negroni
At Church & Union in Nashville, this twist on a classic white Negroni, featuring Moet, bitters, and banana liqueur. “This twist on a classic white Negroni includes fruity, festive flavors that will get your spirits bubbling!” said Corey Schwarz, Assistant General Manager.