Sparkling wine is synonymous with celebration, so it’s no surprise that sparkling cocktails can pull your holiday event together with a simple pour, stir, and twist. Whether you’re hosting a spirited brunch or an evening affair, feel free to play around with different types of sparkling wine, but keep your grand cru Champagnes in the chiller. This is a time to showcase your inexpensive bottles.
Yellow Bicycle cocktail recipe and photo from CHOW

1. French 75

The French 75 is a classic Champagne cocktail: traditional, elegant, and best suited for a cocktail party.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Persimmon Champagne Cocktail

The persimmons and rosemary make this a lovely, complex little cocktail. The floral and herbaceous notes are wonderful on a chilly winter’s eve.
Photo and recipe from Adore Champagne

3. Marasca Fizz

The bobbing cherries make this sweet cocktail feel extra playful. It would definitely be a crowd-pleaser at a party, but there’s no reason you couldn’t make some with a few friends for an evening in.
Photo and recipe from Food & Wine

4. Pom Kir Royal

Pomegranates are one of the best reasons to look forward to winter. This cocktail is perfect for the season, and it’s a cinch to create. If you can’t find crème de cassis (black currant liqueur), you could substitute any pomegranate juice that you like.
Photo and recipe from Food Network

5. Death in the P.M.

Be careful! Even though this drink feels light, it’s a potent blend. It was purportedly created by Ernest Hemingway, and it’s sure to liven up any party.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

6. Negroni Sbagliato

The Italian word sbagliato translates to “mistaken.” Legend has it this drink was invented when a bartender accidentally grabbed a bottle of Spumante, instead of gin, while mixing a Negroni. It was a happy accident, and these cheery drinks are perfect before a meal.
Photo and recipe from Punch Drink

7. Pear & Thyme Fizz

The thyme gives this bubbly concoction a savory kick. This is an easy yet impressive cocktail that you can mix up for guests in a matter of minutes.
Photo and recipe from Camille Styles

8. Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail

The dried hibiscus flower makes these cocktails as beautiful as they are delicious—they could double as decoration at a holiday party.
Photo and recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon

9. Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

Apple cider and baking spices make this a warming winter cocktail; it’s a perfect pick-me-up for when the next snowstorm hits.
Photo and recipe from Dishing Up the Dirt

10. Poinsettia Punch

Cranberry and orange are a natural combination. This beauty is easy to make in large batches, it’s citrusy, and it reeks of holiday cheer.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

11. Sparkling Rum Runner

Winter got you down? Indulge in a little escapism with this tropical cocktail. It’s the next best thing to an actual vacation.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

By day, Madeline manages the video program at Astor Wines and Spirits and Astor Center. At night, she can be found biking around Brooklyn, seeking out new dumplings in Chinatown, or experimenting in her tiny kitchen in Clinton Hill.
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