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Top 10 Sparkling Rosés for New Year's Eve

Top 10 Sparkling Rosés for New Year's Eve

Step out of the box with some sparkling rosés for the holidays

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Sparkling roses for the holidays.

When people think of sparkling wine they tend to think of the white varieties, which of course are delicious and festive. However, when I think of the holidays and sparkling wines, my mind instantly goes to rosés. The addition of a bright hue that can range from summery copper to a salmon pink, and even an assertive red just adds something more distinctive to the equation. And then of course there are the added flavors.

Sparkling rosés tend to share certain elements with their white brethren; citrusy notes, yeast, toast, perhaps a touch of caramel, but at their best they add in layers of red berried fruit. This not only makes for a wine that is certainly out of the ordinary, and something special, but also makes for a wine that more often than not is better suited to pairing with the cold weather nibbles we so often pair sparkling wine with during the holidays. I’m not talking about caviar and salmon, but rather pate, cheese and in particular, the cured meats that adorn so many party platters.

So break out of the sparkling wine box this year and try a rosé on for size.

Click here for 10 rosés for New Year's Eve.

Gregory Del Piaz, Snooth

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10 Sparkling Wines for Leaving 2020 Behind

The end-of-the-year parties will look different in 2020, but the featured bottles will still be bubbly, whether they come from Champagne or elsewhere.

It’s been a dismal year, but let’s look at the bright side: It’s nearly over.

Recently in Wine School, we had a polite discussion about whether 2020 was worthy of being ushered out with sparkling wine. The verdict was clear: Forget about what 2020 deserves. We have earned all the sparkling wine we want.

The manner in which sparkling wine will be served, though, will differ this year. The Covid-19 pandemic precludes the usual sorts of holiday blowouts and packed celebrations. Instead, corks will be popped quietly among couples, small friendship pods, over Zoom and even alone for those who have had to isolate for one reason or another.

Though the year has certainly been singular, bubbles still feel right to mark its end. While many people will miss the bustle and excitement of crowds, smaller gatherings offer new opportunities to explore the versatility of sparkling wines. Instead of the usual jammed rooms, with standup noshes and snacks, sparkling wines this year may be poured with dinners for two, with a movie or an all-night New Year’s Eve binge.

In anticipation of whatever passes for a celebration this year, I recently shopped on the websites of a number of New York City stores, and picked out 10 sparkling wines well worth drinking.

I know not everybody will have the budget for Champagne prices, by which I mean $40 or more. So I divided the list in two, with five sparkling wines under $30 and five Champagnes $40 and over.

Some of you will note that among the sparkling wines, I’ve included bottles from France, Germany, Italy and Portugal, but not from the United States. That’s partly the random nature of shopping, and because I wanted to offer some new names.

If you yearn for homegrown bubbles, I highly recommend bottles from Roederer Estate, Schramsberg, Iron Horse, Blue Ox, Cruse, Soter and Under the Wire from the West Coast, along with assorted pétillant naturels from all over the country.

The worldwide universe of sparkling wines is exceptionally diverse, with multiple production methods and innumerable grapes involved. Champagne, on the other hand, is generally limited to three major grapes — pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier — and conforms to a single method of production. Yet it, too, is surprisingly varied.

The big Champagne houses account for most of the production, collectively making many millions of bottles annually. These houses practice the art of blending, combining grapes from many different terroirs within the Champagne region, along with aged wines from previous vintages, until they arrive on the style they are seeking.

Some of these are wonderful wines. Others are surprisingly mediocre despite their famous names. Simply emblazoning “Champagne” on a label is no guarantee of quality.

A small fraction, around 6 percent of the Champagne shipped to the United States, comes from vignerons, who both grow their own grapes and make the Champagne. These, too, can be superb, often more idiosyncratic than the big house Champagnes because they are made from smaller sets of sites and older wines. But they can be more expressive of the terroir of a particular village or even a single vineyard.

Just as with the big brands, though, the fact that a bottle comes from a small grower-producer is no promise of quality. The five Champagnes I suggest include two bigger producers and three growers.

Here are my 10 recommendations, from least to most expensive.

Sidónio de Sousa Branco Portugal Brut Nature NV $17

Sidónio de Sousa is a stalwart producer in the Bairrada region of Portugal. The estate works traditionally, even down to aging its wines in old barrels made of Portuguese oak. This wine, a blend of three Portuguese grapes (arinto, bical and Maria Gomes), is balanced and subtle, with flavors of herbs and citrus. It’s a superb value. (NLC Wines, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal Seyssel Methode Traditionelle NV $20

This wine, from the tiny appellation of Seyssel in the Savoie region in eastern France, has become part of our regular rotation at home. It’s fresh and energetic, and it tastes almost like walking through a cool cloud on a hot summer day. It’s subtle and insinuating, with flavors that never quite reveal themselves, so you want to keep returning to the glass. The wine is made of molette and altesse, two grapes that are seen largely in the Savoie. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.)

Hild Mosel Elbling Sekt Brut No. 52 NV $20

Matthias Hild farms about 15 acres in the Upper Mosel, near the Luxembourg border. This part of the Mosel is not known for riesling but rather for elbling, an ancient variety that early in the 19th century accounted for 75 percent of the vines in Germany, according to the authoritative book “Wine Grapes.” The best elbling wines I’ve had from the area all share a joyous vivacity. This bottle, made entirely from elbling, is lively, chalky, well balanced and deliciously drinkable. (Vom Boden, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Castel Noarna Rethium Vigneti delle Dolomiti I.G.T. Frizzante Bianco 2018 $27

This natural wine comes from northeastern Italy. It’s a blend of nosiola, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grown in soils of limestone, quartz, slate and silt, and the tender bubbles come from a second fermentation in the bottle. It’s lovely, with flavors of herbs and grapefruit, easy to drink and to enjoy. (Selection Massale, San Leandro, Calif.)

Agnès & René Mosse Vin de France Moussamoussettes Rosé 2019 $28

Agnès and René Mosse are longtime vignerons in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, producing a wide range of natural wines. This rosé petillant naturel is a blend of the indigenous Loire grapes grolleau and pineau d’aunis. It’s dry, spicy and delightful, gently carbonated, and produced with no sulfur dioxide, an almost universally used antioxidant. Keep it cool and drink it up, not because it’s unstable but because it’s so good. (Louis/Dressner Selections, New York)

Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut NV $40

This is a superb bottle of Champagne, and I confess it surprised me. Lanson is an old house, founded in 1760. For a while it was something of an orphan, bought and sold repeatedly in the late 20th century. It appears to have achieved some stability now as part of Lanson-BCC, a group that includes Philipponnat, an excellent house, and several other brands. This entry-level bottle is composed of 50 percent pinot noir, 35 percent chardonnay and 15 percent pinot meunier. It was fresh, creamy, brisk, balanced and refreshing, a terrific wine and a good value. (Lanson International Americas, Miami)

Deutz Champagne Brut Classic NV $48

Deutz is owned by the esteemed Louis Roederer Champagne house, but operates independently. Over the last few years, I’ve been impressed by the quality and consistency of the wines. The Brut Classic, comprising roughly equal parts pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, was medium-bodied, yet lively and energetic, with floral and citrus flavors. (M.S. Walker, Boston)

Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Brut Cuvée Sainte Anne NV $52

Alexandre Chartogne, the proprietor, is one of the most interesting producers in Champagne. He farms conscientiously in the village of Merfy, north of Reims, where he is the only grower and producer. His series of single-vintage Champagnes are fascinating, and Sainte Anne, his entry-level bottle, has improved steadily over the last decade. It is a blend of the three major grapes, aged in a combination of barrels and steel vats, and is subtle, lively and focused, with creamy, spicy, herbal flavors. (Skurnik Wines, New York)

Éric Rodez Champagne Brut Cuvée des Crayères Ambonnay Grand Cru NV $60

The village of Ambonnay is renowned for its pinot noir, but small pockets within the area are excellent for chardonnay. Éric Rodez grows both biodynamically, and Cuvée des Crayères is roughly a 60-40 blend, with pinot noir predominant. This is a gorgeous wine, smooth, elegant and distinctive, with precise, savory flavors. (AP Wine Imports, New York)

Benoît Lahaye Champagne Brut Nature NV $75

Bring on the Bubbly! 30 Choice Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Break out the confetti and cocktail-making supplies it’s time to get ready for the biggest boozy night of the year — New Year’s Eve! We’ve got tasty cocktail recipes here that’ll help you ring in the new year in festive fashion. And just in case these concoctions prove too tempting, we have you covered with a DIY recovery kit and a roundup of hangover-cure foods.

1. French 75 Punch: There’s just something about this classic cocktail that pairs so well with New Year’s Eve frivolity — give this punch version from Cocktails for a Crowd a try at your next party. (via Chronicle Books)

2. 24 Carat Champagne Cocktail:Edible gold glitter stars are reason enough for us to mix up these Goldschlager and Champagne cocktails. (via Brit + Co.)

3. Regent’s Punch: The caffeinate kick from this tea-infused Champagne punch will help you stay awake ’til the clock strikes midnight. (via Saveur)

4. Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch: Spiced blood orange syrup makes even the most budget bubbly taste great. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

5. Melon Rumballa: This colorful melon ball cocktail may scream summer, but it’s a concoction to sip and nibble on while waiting for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve. Most grocery stores should have honeydew melon available at this time of year. (via Design Sponge)

6. Pink Grapefruit and Thyme Bellinis: Thyme simple syrup, grapefruit, and Prosecco combine to create a wintery twist on the classic bellini for New Year’s Eve or the morning after. (via Food Network)

7. Champagne, Lemon, and Lavender Cocktail: Gin plus lavender and a double dose of lemon courtesy of Limoncello and freshly squeezed citrus create a refreshing, herbal cocktail when topped with bubbly. (via Mont d’Hor Champagne)

8. Pink Champagne Punch: Pomegranate syrup and sparkling rosé mingle to create this stunning drink. (via Gourmet)

9. Frost Bite: This wintry drink can be made into a cocktail or mocktail so all of your guests can get into the festive sprit. (via This Week for Dinner)

10. Hibiscus and Ginger Champagne Cocktail: Wow your holiday guests with this gorgeous cocktail that takes mere seconds to throw together. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

11. French 75 Jello Shots: These pretty Jello shots are another unique take on the French 75. You won’t have to tend bar all night long. (via Bakers Royale)

12. Basil Vodka Fizz: Channel the ladies of Ab Fab with this basil-infused vodka and Champagne cocktail. For a true Boli Stoli, use Stoli vodka and Bollinger Champagne for the most authentic experience. (via Kristen LeQuire)

13. Pomegranate Margaritas: Whether you’re mixing drinks for one or a crowd, margaritas are a solid choice. This version incorporates pomegranate, a food symbolizing prosperity for the year ahead. (via So Let’s Hangout)

14. Sparkling Apple-Pear Mock Sangria: Sparkling cider works for non-drinkers. It gets dolled up here with the addition of sliced pears, apples, pomegranate seeds, and a few other surprises — yes, it can even be spiked if you like. (via Boulder Locavore)

15. Bad Day at Work: This citrus-y gin and seltzer helps take the edge way off. (via NY Times)

16. Ginger Shandies: Simply combine Belgian wheat beer with lemon slices and ginger beer like Bundaberg to create a super easy punch that beer drinkers will love. (via Food and Wine)

17. Mulled White Wine With Pear Brandy: Mulled wine is a traditional New Year’s Eve drink in some parts of the world, so we’d be remiss if we failed to include at least one version of the warming drink. A splash of pear brandy amps up this spice-infused concoction. (via Food52)

18. Lemon-Cassis Jelly Shots: How good do these look? Grape Jello and crème de cassis create a rich, almost-black layer atop a sour lemon-vodka base in these classy, edible cocktails. (via 10th Kitchen)

19. Funfetti Cake Batter Martini: What better way to ring in the new year than with a cocktail that calls to mind confetti? (via She Knows)

20. Kombucha Punch: Start those resolutions a day early — well, kind of — with this kombucha punch that combines three complementary flavors of the fermented tea with assorted fruit, vodka, and bubbly. (via Brit + Co.)

21. Auld Lang Syne: This Drambuie-spiked Champagne cocktail borrows its name from the traditional NYE tune. (via Chatelaine)

22. Sparkling Grapefruit Gin Mule: Ginger beer, gin, and Champagne come together for this interesting take on the Moscow Mule. A garnish of grapefruit and mint keeps it fresh. (via Whitney Bond)

23.Strawberry Elderflower Champagne Spritzers:Elderflower has an almost citrusy quality that makes it a nice counterpart to sweet strawberry simple syrup. A bit of bubbly on top makes the flavors sing. (via The Millennial Cook)

24.Sparkling Mint Julep: Do some work ahead of time by making mint julep ice cubes that dissolve right into your drink. The cubes don’t have any alcohol, so teetotallers can top them with sparkling water instead of Champagne if desired. (via Goodie Godmother)

25.Blueberry Lavender Sangria: Blueberries and lavender give this sangria an icy look. Make sure you use culinary grade lavender when making the simple syrup and for your garnishes. (via Lively Table)

26. Champagne Margaritas: Give margaritas a celebratory makeover by adding Champagne to the mix. A touch of honey sweetens the deal. (via 40 Aprons)

27.Cranberry, Clementine, and Rosemary Cocktails: Seasonal clementines bring juicy, sunny flavor to these fizzy drinks. The rosemary garnish looks like a festive branch of pine. (via Coley Cooks)

28.Basil French 75: French 75s are a classic celebration cocktail. Mix things up a bit with this recipe, which adds lemon and fragrant basil to your glass. (via Feast and Fable)

29.Pear Sparkling Martinis: Slice pears vertically and drop them in each glass for an eye-catching presentation. It will highlight the pear flavor that dominates these sparkling martinis. (via A Bubbly Life)

30.Holiday 75: Sugared cranberries add a festive look to any drink. Drop a few into each serving of these gin, cranberry, and Champagne cocktails. (via Home Sweet Jones)

What’s your go-to drink for ringing in the new year? Share with us on Instagram!

Nothing but Bubbles

12/23/14 By Lizzie Munro

No matter when you pop a bottle of Champagne, it feels like a party.

Champagne, not mere sparkling wine, is the stuff of Hollywood legend, of romance and of celebrations both big and small. Biggie rapped about it, Marilyn Monroe bathed in it and F. Scott Fitzgerald famously argued that there's no such thing as having too much of it.

Indeed, there's something magical about a splurge-worthy bottle of bubbly, and during the holidays, there's often no better thing to gift or get. But let's face it, real Champagne, the stuff that comes from a little province in Northeastern France, can be expensive. Picking a bottle can get pretty confusing, too.

To make the buying process an effervescent affair, we asked some experts for their sparkling suggestions. Whether you're buying for a big New Year's Eve party or for an intimate holiday dinner, here are their top five tips for splurging on a bottle of Champers.

① Champagne is expensive for a reason, so budget accordingly.
"Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France, and it's really expensive to produce, which is why it's more expensive than other types of sparkling wine," Dan Davis, wine director at Commander's Palace in New Orleans and guest curator of Tasting Table's Winter Wine Cellar, says.

But some styles are less expensive than others. The most affordable Champagnes tend to be non-vintage (NV) wines, which make up the bulk of the market. These are blends of fruit from several harvests, the goal being to achieve a bottling that's consistent in style from year to year. In exceptional vintages with stellar growing conditions, a Champagne house might make a vintage wine made from grapes from only one harvest, labeled with the vintage year. These wines are typically aged longer before release and are more expensive, but are often worth the splurge.

So how much should you spend? Davis suggests setting your initial price point somewhere in the $35 to $48 range, where you'll find some great values and nice entry-level wines, such as Louis Roederer's NV Brut Premier ($47), as well as the NV Delamotte Brut Le Mesnil-sur-Oger ($40) and NV J. Lassalle Brut Cachet d'Or Premier Cru ($36).

If you want to spend a little more, moving past the $55 mark will give you access to vintage Champagnes and premium, multi-vintage bottlings.

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② Look beyond dry Champagne and understand what "dry" really means.
If you enjoy dry wines (for whites, that would be Sauvignon Blanc reds, Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec), you're in luck: These days the overwhelming majority of Champagnes are made in a dry style. But David Speer of Ambonnay Champagne bar in Portland, Oregon, says that the real question is, how dry?

"Some Champagne, especially extra brut and brut nature Champagnes, are piercingly dry, and it's too much for a lot of people," Speer says, "so I caution them against saying that they like them until they've experienced enough Champagne to know what they really enjoy."

Need a cheat sheet? You'll find wines labeled extra brut, brut nature and non dosé to be the driest of the bunch, with little to no residual sugar. Next up is brut and sec, which are very dry and dry, respectively. If a touch of residual sugar is what you're after, look for demi-sec, which is medium sweet, or doux, which is the sweetest in style. Don't be afraid of rosés, either. Davis says, "Brut rosés are just as dry and crisp as their paler cousins."

The labels will sometimes help to indicate the blend as well. Though, typically, Champagne is a blend of three grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), you might come across a Blanc de Blancs, which refers to Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. Blanc de Noirs, on the other hand, is made solely from darker, pressed Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier grapes.

③ Understand the difference between Grower Champagnes and Champagne houses.
Traditionally, grape growers in the region have sold their fruit to cooperatives or to large Champagne houses, rather making and marketing their own cuvées. But that's changed in the past few decades with more and more grower-producers exporting—and finding a market for­—their wines. Though they still make up a very tiny portion of the market, they've recently become a darling among Champagne lovers and sommeliers.

Hype aside, this can be a great place to score an affordable bottle, provided you know where to look. Davis suggests keeping an eye out for wines made by one of the 26 grower-producers in Champagne's Special Club, formed in 1971. He recommends bottlings from Champagne Henri Goutorbe, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils and Champagne René Geoffroy. Look out for the grower-producer label, too. Called Récoltant-Manipulant in French, these bottles are labeled with the letters RM.

④ Skip the flute—pick up some tulip-shaped glasses instead.
You'll find some debate when it comes to glassware, but most Champagne lovers will argue in favor of a tulip-shaped glass over a flute, which was initially designed to highlight the look of the bubbles in the glass—not to accentuate the taste. "All too often, Champagne is put in these tiny, little vessels, and it's really hard to detect the flavor and aroma," Speer says. "Putting it in a bigger glass helps it to really open up."

⑤ Keep your party small and your bottles big.
Small, intimate celebrations are the perfect time for Champagne, as you'll want to take some time nosing, sipping and enjoying what you're pouring—especially if you've splurged.

But depending on the size of your party, there's also a lot to be said for investing in a large-format bottle. "No one is really sure why, but Champagne from a large bottle is significantly more complex and intense," Davis says. "Buy the biggest bottle you can. Something magical happens with a big bottle of Champagne." 

Affordable Bubbly

Bisol Prosecco Brut, $14, Drink Dispatch

This wine comes from some of the best plots in the hills of Veneto in northern Italy. It is made from the glera grape, so the wine is fruit driven which makes for easy sipping with classic flavors of green apples and pears.

Raventos i Blanc Blanc de Blanc 2017, $21, Wine

This wine comes from northern Spain and uses the French term "blanc de blancs," meaning a white wine made from white grapes. It's biodynamically grown, and it's also very dry, fresh, complex, plus it has a great structure and so it's great for mimosas.

10 Vegan Cocktails to Make This New Year’s Eve

To say goodbye to 2020, we&rsquore going to need something stronger than champagne. San Francisco-based bartender Lauren Fitzgerald has supplied us with plenty of cocktails (and mocktails) over the years, so in lieu of shots, we&rsquore going to mix up a few of her recipes for a smooth and tasty finish to this very long year. Her creations range from sophisticated to alcohol-free to pretty darn strong. Raise your extra-large martini/margarita/moscow mule glass, here are 10 fantastic vegan cocktails to help you say goodbye to 2020.

1. Blood Orange Ginseng Margarita
&lsquoTis the season for blood oranges. Take advantage of this citrus by coupling it with lime juice, simple syrup, and a generous pour of your favorite tequila. The addition of ginseng adds a pleasant, earthy flavor to an otherwise tropical drink.

2. Grasshopper
Christmas may be over, but the craving for peppermint lives on. This luscious, chocolate minty beverage doubles as dessert&mdashespecially if you rim your glass with chocolate shavings. Alternatively, you could spike a vegan chocolate mint milkshake with a heavy pour of Baileys Almande and serve it in a martini glass. You do you.

3. Time After Time
This spiced whiskey libation will warm you right up on a chilly New Year&rsquos Eve. The ingredients do require a well-stocked bar cart, but if you have to purchase these unique items, just think of it as equipping yourself for the new year. You&rsquoll likely go through a few of these drinks the night of New Year&rsquos, and there&rsquos no doubt you&rsquoll want to make it all winter long.

4. Pineapple Caipirinha
Find your island with this sweet, pineapple-forward cocktail. It&rsquos straightforward candied pineapple, a bit of lime, and an adequate pour of silver cachaça. That&rsquos it, and it&rsquos delicious. We&rsquoll have a few of these, thank you!

5. Square Root
It&rsquos not just the alcohol that gives this citrusy drink a kick&mdashginger syrup packs a punch and the sparkling wine provides an unexpected note of effervescence. It&rsquos sophisticated yet tasty&mdashthe ultimate pinky out, &ldquotreat yo&rsquoself&rdquo cocktail.

6. Alameda Buck &lsquon&rsquo Breck
This pretty orange cocktail is for the wine lovers who enjoy a bit of bubbly. Made with sparkling wine, pear brandy, and a bit of simple syrup, this pleasantly sweet drink guilds the lily with its sugar-rimmed finishing touch. One sip and you&rsquoll feel the bitterness of 2020 melt away.

7. Whiskey River
Add a kick to your champagne (or sparkling wine) by adding a shot of bourbon. The burn is mellowed out with a splash of pineapple syrup making for a sippable yet strong drink. Buh-bye, 2020!

8. Kir Royale
Don&rsquot want to fuss with a ton of ingredients or a cocktail shaker? This is your drink. Instructions: pour half an ounce of creme de cassis (a sweet, blackcurrant liqueur) into six ounces of champagne or sparkling wine. Drink. Cheers to simplicity.

9. Pomegranate Margarita (non-alcoholic)
Start dry January early with this wonderfully balanced mocktail. It&rsquos got a tartness to it thanks to the lime and pomegranate juice, but the orange syrup prevents an unpleasant pucker. Not ready to give up alcohol? Add an ounce or two of tequila.

10. Hibiscus-Ginger Punch (non-alcoholic)
This is one punch recipe you don&rsquot have to be wary of drinking too much of. It&rsquos floral, fruity, and goes down easy. Like the mocktail margarita above, you can certainly spike it, just be aware of how many glasses you have. As much as we want to forget 2020, we also want to remember how we rang in the new year.

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

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Best Italian: Ferrari Perlé Trentodoc

While you might think of Italy as being synonymous with Prosecco (which isn’t wrong), there’s much more of the country’s sparkling wine scene just waiting to be discovered. Miguel Martinez, a sommelier at Vino Veritas Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in Portland, Oregon, is partial to this lovely bottle of bubbles from Trentino, a mountainous winemaking region in northern Italy that uses the Traditional Method to make its namesake wines. Iconic Trentodoc producer Ferrari and its beloved vintage Blanc de Blancs, Perlé, is Martinez’s go-to, thanks to its golden-yellow color, elegant richness (though make no mistake, this is a dry wine), and notes of almonds, apple skin, and subtle spice.

21 Best New Year's Eve Drinks That Will Elevate Your Evening

These cocktails and mocktails are delicious and chic.

New Year's Eve is practically synonymous with champagne. All season long, you see images of people popping bottles, clinking glasses, and making toasts. But just because the sparkling stuff is the star of the show on December 31 doesn't mean you can't enjoy other types of drinks on the holiday. In fact, we whole-heartedly recommend it. In addition to allowing you to test your bartending skills, serving a creative New Year's Eve drink menu of cocktails and mocktails will also wow everyone you watch the ball drop with. Not to mention, you just might find a new favorite winter drink you'll want to mix all season long.

Ahead, we've found the best New Year's Eve drinks to serve this year. These cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks highlight the best flavors of the season, including pomegranate, cherry, ginger, chocolate, and more. And because it's New Year's Eve, many of them include sparkling wine &mdash which means you'll still get your champagne fix. No matter what you're doing this December 31 &mdash whether you're watching a New Year's movie, planning your 2021 resolutions, or hosting a quarantine NYE party with members of your immediate household &mdash you'll want to have one of these chic drinks on hand.

10 New Year's Eve Drinks That Take Champagne to the Next Level

What better way to celebrate the nearing new year than bubbles? This list of New Year's Eve drinks will convince you to stay in instead of a night on the town. Channel your inner mixologist and gather a bunch of good friends! Then pick a few of these tasty champagne cocktails to sip on while the clock ticks the minutes until midnight.

Choose from classic cocktails like "the" Champagne cocktail and French 75, or unique spins like the Champagne mojito and sparkling rosé punch. Ever tried a champagne and beer cocktail? We've got that too. Keep reading for the best ways to take champagne to the next level!

Need some tips on how to buy champagne? Here's a guide to picking the right bottle.

"The" Classic Champagne Cocktail

Just a few simple adders to champagne makes it "the" classic Champagne cocktail. Adding a sugar cube makes a fountain of bubbles that positively sparkles! (via A Couple Cooks)

Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail

Here's the perfect sweet tart champagne cocktail, accessorized with pomegranate and orange juice! Drink it at your New Year's Eve celebration, or it doubles as a brunch drink like a mimosa. (via Grandbaby Cakes)

Gold Shimmery Champagne Cocktail

This cocktail shimmers. with real gold! There's edible gold luster dust in this one, along with St. Germain, vodka, and of course: champagne. (via The Flavor Bender)

Blackberry Ombre Sparkler

How festive is this ombre sparkler? Pour in a layer of homemade blackberry syrup, then top with champagne. (via The Cookie Rookie)

Champagne Mojitos

Don't to use stuffy stemware? This laid-back mojito uses mint, lime, rum, and Cava: Spanish sparkling wine. (via Foodie Crush)

Sparkling Rosé Punch

Even better than champagne: how about sparkling rose? Make a big punchbowl with St. Germain and homemade ginger syrup. (via A Cozy Kitchen)

Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

These apple cider cocktails set off the champagne with the sweetness of apple cider, and swirl in brandy for a little kick! Don't forget the cinnamon sugar rim. (via Well Plated)

French 75

The French 75 will have you New Year's Eve ready in no time! Gin, lemon juice, and a little simple syrup combine with the bubbly to make a refreshingly balanced drink. (via Gimmesome Oven)

Black Velvet Cocktail

The black velvet cocktail combines champagne with an unlikely partner. beer! Yes, pair Guinness or another stout beer with bubbly and creme de cassis for a truly unique (and tasty!) New Year's Even drink. (via Salt & Wind)

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Also called a Poinsettia, this vibrant champagne cocktail is sweet tart and perfect for toasting! It features cranberry juice, Cointreau, and champagne. Garnish with cranberries and settle in for a cozy evening. (via A Couple Cooks)

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