Perhaps you were hosting a New Year’s Eve party, or maybe there was a great discount on champagne at the liquor store. Regardless of the reason, most people have an abundance of leftover champagne after the clock strikes twelve. Since most people only drink this sparkling beverage to ring in the new year, finding alternative ways to finish your leftover champagne seems to be a major challenge of 2018. Below are some creative cocktails from Food and Wine featuring champagne to keep you toasting well past January 1st.
French 75
Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces of VSOP cognac
  • ½ an ounce of simple syrup
  • ½ an ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the cognac, simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a martini glass, top with champagne, and serve.

Champagne Mojitos
Ingredients:

  • ¾ cups of sugar
  • ¾ cups of water
  • 1 ½ cups of packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs for garnish
  • 6 limes cut into wedges
  • 2 cups of light rum
  • Cracked ice
  • 3 cups of champagne

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the mint leave and lime wedges and middle well with a spoon. Add the rum and stir well. Strain into another pitcher.
  3. Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs, and serve.

Platinum Sparkle
Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces of vodka
  • ½ an ounce of maraschino liqueur
  • ½ an ounce of Lillet blanc
  • ½ an ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ an ounce of brut champagne
  • 1 brandied or maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, Lillet, and lemon juice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass or flute and stir in the champagne.
  3. Garnish with a cherry.

Red Grape and Coconut Refresher
Ingredients:

  • 12 seedless red grapes, plus 4 halved grapes
  • 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 2 ounces of unsweetened coconut water
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces of chilled champagne

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 12 whole grapes with the brown sugar.
  2. Add the vodka, coconut water, and halved grapes.

Stir and pour (do not strain) into a highball glass over crushed ice, then top with champagne.