The Acceptance Peach

The Acceptance Peach is a fun and sophisticated cocktail intended for awards parties, but it makes a great addition to any get-together. Easy to make, this great cocktail is inspired by all the usual favorite drinks, including the Cosmo and the Bellini. The peach nectar adds sweetness, countered by the crisp bite of the cran-raspberry juice.

The sanding sugar garnish offers a classy edge that makes this drink seem far more complicated than it really is. If you want to ensure perfect presentation, turn the rim of the glass in the sugar rather than dipping it straight in, as this prevents grains of sugar from falling into the glass. Continue reading…

 

Champagne Punch with Gingerale and Orange

The word punch conjures up memories of 70s parties and alcoholic concoctions that rendered the drinker very drunk, very quickly, popular perhaps for its ability to loosen people up fast. This is not that kind of punch, but rather a cocktail that is ideal when you don’t want to get too drunk too quickly. This is ideal for Christmas Eve, or the start of a very long night of New Year’s Eve celebrations. With this, you should be able to stay alert longer into the night.

With champagne or sparkling wine as a base, and ginger ale and orange liqueur as the finishing touches, this is not as potent as cocktails can be. It’s not very sweet, but lovely just the same, and pefect for parents to sip whilst wrapping their children’s Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. Continue reading…

 

Strawberry Kir Royale

If you’re looking to bring a drop of French prestige to your next cocktail party, look no further than the delightful Strawberry Kir Royale.

This twist on the typical Kir Royale (which is, in itself, a twist on Kir, a white wine apéritif) includes strawberry liqueur in the pace of the usual crème de cassis, a raspberry liqueur, with basil added for extra sophistication.

May is National Strawberry Month in the United States, and the fruit will be in season, so this is an unmissable treat if you’re planning a start-of-summer or May Day party. The red color will make it the highlight of any function. Continue reading…

 

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

The Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler is a cocktail made with a combination of Italian ingredients. The Prosecco and Limoncello create a true delight for all the senses.

The addition of rasberries and fresh mint garnish make for a truly pretty drink with a beautiful array of colors – deep pink, green and yellow. The colors scream out “summer!“, making this perfect for a gathering on a warm evening.

It’s a light beverage, both in flavor and in calories. If you feel like pushing the boat out, use champagne instead of Prosecco for an even more decadent feel.
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Sparkling Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

This pretty looking cocktail, the Sparkling Pomegranate Champagne, is as delicious as it looks. Its attractiveness comes from the abundance of pomegranate seeds, which look lovely floating in among all the bubbles.

It is the perfect celebratory drink for all your special occasions. Its pretty, watery, pink color works for the ladies, although it’s not so feminine that your male guests will feel awkward drinking it.

I suppose if you’re looking for a good excuse to drink it outside of the regular festive occasions, you could always tell yourself that the pomegranate seeds count towards your recommended daily fruit intake!
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Chopin Cuban Cocktail

The vodka you typically drink is most likely made from fermented grains such as wheat or rye. However, there are some vodkas that are made from something a little different – potatoes. Chopin potato vodka is one such an example, a premium 4-times distilled liquor made in small batches in Poland. Its said to have a creamy taste, with a hint of apple, and it pairs very well with champagne.

The mint and the lime juice bring out the apple notes in the vodka, making for a very fresh, ripe drink. This is certainly a sophisticated cocktail, and it’s perfect for any high-class evening with friends, family or colleagues.
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Valentine’s Rosé Champagne Cocktail

Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated with a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. This year, why not try introducing a spark to the special day? No, not that kind of spark! Simply switch things up a little by using your usual bottle of bubbly as part of this Rosé Champagne Cocktail.

This recipe uses half a sugar cube for a drier effect. If you prefer things on the sweeter side, or you’re looking to enjoy this cocktail with dessert, feel free to use one whole sugar cube per drink.
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Pear Champagne Cocktail

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party and you’re looking for a cocktail which is delicious, but wont leave your guests with a raging hangover, then this is the recipe for you. Created by Michael Lomonaco, executive chef at New York City’s Center Bar, this cocktail is perfect if you’ve made health related New Year’s Resolutions.

At it’s base is champagne (or sparkling wine), instead of hard liquor, making this drink lighter than lots of mixed drinks. Pear syrup is simple to make and adds a fruity sweetness to this delicious cocktail.

Aside from being delicious, the effort involved makes you appear to be a thoughtful host who serves up more to his/her guests than just plain old champagne!
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Frozen Peach Champagne Cocktail

Slushies are a favorite of almost all kids, but the icy treats don’t have to stop when childhood ends. This frozen peach champagne has all the tantalizing sweetness you’ll remember from your younger days, with a wonderfully alcoholic twist.

This drink makes a great daytime drink, an ideal accompaniment for a light meal at an Easter, Christmas or New Year’s brunch. It’s just boozy enough to be worthwhile, but not so strong that you’ll shudder at the taste.

If you’re not a fan of peach, consider other sorbets for this drink – mango and strawberry work great, as do blended mixed berries.
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Grapefruit Flirtini

The Grapefruit Flirtini champagne cocktail is a tart twist on the original Flirtini of Sex & the City fame. With its pink hue and palate-tickling taste, this drink will be right at home at any girly gathering.

Where the original drink uses pineapple, this Flirtini uses a different citrus fruit – grapefruit. Grapefruit is an acquired taste for many, but regardless of whether you’d usually eat this fruit on it’s own, you’ll love it in this champagne-topped cocktail.

Tangy to start, with an underlying sweetness to follow, you’ll feel almost revitalized while sipping this drink. With the addition of cranberry and orange juice, you can even pretend you’re getting your recommended daily fruit intake!
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Kumquat Champagne Cocktail

If you’re looking for a slightly special cocktail to celebrate a festive occasion, you can’t go wrong with this incredibly easy and refreshing kumquat champagne cocktail.

This is the ideal cocktail to make if you’re looking for that wow factor. Kumquats are so pretty that simply slicing the little fruits and dropping them into a glass has an instant effect.

This is a great cocktail for the festive period, and an ideal choice for New Years Eve in particular. The kumquat represents prosperity in the Chinese tradition, and supposedly anyone who eats kumquat during the new year will be insured good fortune, prosperity and happiness.
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Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

The joy of spring is the same for all. After a long winter (especially a bad one) the sight of the sun, the sound of birds singing, and the absence of snow and rain, is truly a reason for celebration.

And celebrate you should, as spring doesn’t always stick around and can occur tentatively to start. So throw open a window – perhaps put a jumper on first – and make something special.

This Elderflower Champagne cocktail is just the thing. Perfect for toasting the start of spring. A marriage of sweet, tart, light and fizzy that tastes delicious.
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Aperol Spritz

Many of you will have heard the term apéritif in cocktail discussions. In Italy, the term is aperitivo, a word dating back to the 19th century. An aperitivo is a drink which is intended to precede a meal; the low alcohol content and dry flavour are designed to get your digestive system working prior to eating, to enhance your dining experience. Most aperitivos contain Campari, Prosecco, vermouth, or – in this case – Aperol.
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Persimmon Champagne Cocktail

This lovely cocktail is made using the Fuyu Persimmon fruit. The seasonal orange fruit, native to East Asia, is rich in vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and fiber. They also contain shibuol and betulinic acid, which have anti-cancerous properties.

Persimmon are in season during fall and winter, and they add a mild sweetness and wintry feel to a champagne cocktail. With the beneficial properties of this fruit, what excuse is there?

I think this would be an ideal cocktail for festive occasions that fall during this fruit’s seasonal months; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve spring to mind.
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Spiced Apple Cider

Spiced Apple Cider is a champagne cocktail that is scrumptious, fresh tasting and simple.

Cider is a drink that is suited to all times of the year. The addition of champagne takes this relatively low cost beverage and transforms it into a drink fit for the best of festive celebrations.

As far as champagne cocktails go, this is one of the easiest, yet it works superbly and tastes divine. It’s one to serve when you want to be free to spend time with your guests, instead of tending bar.
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