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New Year’s Eve is just more than a week away, which means that all over the world people will be celebrating by staying up late and enjoying glass after glass of champagne.

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13 Favorite Champagne Cocktails

Between the flurry of holiday parties and family gatherings that fill the social calendar this time of year, chances are that by the time New Year's Eve rolls around, you're starting to experience a little sparkling wine exhaustion.

Not that anyone here would say no to another night of simple, champagne-fueled imbibing, but why not expand your bubbly horizons to include some sparkling cocktails this holiday?

Jonathan Pogash, cocktail expert and co-editor of the 75th anniversay edition of the renowned Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guide says, "Fresh and seasonal fruits work extremely well in sparkling cocktails, the level of sweetness in these fruits balances out the wide array of flavors that burst in sparkling wines." As for spirits, he notes that gin works particularly well in bubbly cocktails because of its herbal-botanical qualities, but he also enjoys using dark liquors and bitters-based spirits (like bourbon and Fernet-Branca, for example).

One of his favorite sparkling cocktails from the book? A seasonally appropriate creation called the Cranberry Spiced Sparkler, made with pumpkin pie spice, agave nectar, lemon juice, sparkling wine, and fresh cranberries.

Check out the recipes below for some ideas for great sparkling cocktails to make this New Year's Eve.

Champagne Cocktail

A sugar cube, bitters, and, of course, your favorite champagne are all that are needed to create this simple, classy cocktail. Make this to add some fizz to your end-of-the-year festivities.

Kir Royale

A French classic, this recipe uses Chambord for a raspberry kick.

French 75 

There's no going wrong with this classic Prohibition-era cocktail made with cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne.

Peacock Alley Champagne Cocktail

The famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City features a champagne delight in honor of the international Champagne Day, made with Galliano infused with black peppercorns and fresh strawberries.

Raspberry-Champagne Mojito Recipe

Another raspberry-infused champagne sparkler, the mojito lovers in the crowd will go crazy for this cocktail. 

Cinn-Apple Sparkler

This superb sparkler, featured in Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guide: 75th Anniversary Edition, mixes in cinnamon schnapps and apple cider for a wonderful spicy-sweet effect.

 

When people think of sparkling wine they tend to think of the white varieties, which of course are delicious and festive.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

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Four Seasons George Le Cinc, Paris

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