Everyone expects a flute of something sparkling on New Year's Eve, but fewer may expect a champagne cocktail to ring in the New Year. Fortunately, we're bubbling over with new ways to mix champagne into your cocktail routine.
Of course, not everyone approves of champagne cocktails, as cocktail historian David Wondrich notes in Esquire. He quotes David Embury, whom he calls "the dean of postwar mixologists": "From every point of view, other than cost, this cocktail is a decidedly inferior drink, and no true champagne lover would ever commit the sacrilege of polluting a real vintage champagne by dunking even plain sugar — much less bitters — in it. So if you must...serve this incongruous mess ... in the name of all that a true lover of the grape holds sacred, use a cheap domestic champagne or even an artificially carbonated white wine." Ouch, no holiday spirit?
If you do decide to serve something bubbly, Embury has a point: now's not the time to splurge on a champagne or sparkling wine that will quickly be masked by other ingredients. Think about using seasonal fruit in a cocktail, as champagne is a versatile base "spirit" that shows off the right flavors. An easy, rule-of-thumb cocktail? Muddle fruit, such as fresh berries, add about one tablespoon of it to a champagne flute, and top it off with bubbly.
Fortunately, our frends at Loku have made mixing up New Year's cocktails even easier. Check out the infographic to learn how to make any champagne cocktail you can think of.