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Ring In The New Year With These Delicious Champagne Cocktails

by Desirée O

new year's eve cocktails

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another with friends, family, a dropping ball, and, of course, yummy drinks! And why not surprise your grateful guests with a few snazzy cocktails that will tease their taste buds and leave ‘em feeling noice.

Also, if you’re going to have any underage guests at your celebration, you may want to include a virgin cocktail (aka mocktail) that’s just as much fun as the drinks the adults will be enjoying.

After considering plenty of champagne cocktail options, the first drink I decided to make for my very own party was a Lemosa. I found a recipe on Delish that looked tasty and easy enough to make.

While I debated a few other choices for a second cocktail, I couldn’t quite settle on anything. That’s when my husband — a former bartender — suggested that we invent something that would suit my particular tastes. I was so up for this idea. We immediately agreed that the drink should combine champagne with one of my other favorites, cranberry juice, and that naturally called for a splash of lemon and lime to brighten up the tartness. I thought that adding sugar to the rim would be a sweet touch, and my hubby had the brilliant idea to take it a step further by also sugaring slices of both lemon and lime for the side of the glass. OMG yum! This was already my favorite cocktail of all time.

When we considered a name, we obviously needed the word “fizzy” in there as a nod to the champagne, and since it was created for me, we opted for a word derived from one of my childhood nicknames, Dizzy Desi. So we dubbed our new invention the Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail. And honestly, who doesn’t get a little dizzy with all of the excitement (and booze) on NYE?

Next, it was time to decide on a mocktail. My kids adore ice cream floats, so I was thrilled when I came across Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any sparkling cider, so my little guys chose a Sicilian Lemon Italian Soda for their version.

With my choices made, I was ready to get started on my New Year’s Eve cocktails.

Gathering Ingredients and Supplies

Gathering Ingredients and Supplies
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Since I’d kept my choices simple and straightforward, I already had a few things I’d need on hand and only had to pick up a handful (or armful) of other items. I was able to nab everything I needed from my local shops and didn’t have to go out of my way to find anything too obscure or pricey.

Lemosa: Ingredients

Lemosa: Ingredients
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  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemonade
  • Champagne (or prosecco)
  • Blueberries

Note: I used a small bottle of champagne to test my recipes, which you may also want to do as well, but if you want to make the cocktails for a New Year’s Eve get-together, you might want to buy a bottle or two (or 20, depending on how you and your friends like to party) of the good stuff.

Lemosa: How to Make It

Lemosa: How to Make It
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First, I started by making a simple blueberry syrup that would be added to the drink. I combined 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. I was sure to keep stirring it until the sugar had dissolved. I then added 2 cups of blueberries and zest from one lemon and let it all come to a boil before reducing the heat and letting it simmer. During this time, the blueberries softened and split. Once that happened, I removed the saucepan from the heat and let everything cool down. From there, I strained the mixture into a jar using a coffee filter to prevent any blueberry bits from getting into my syrup.

It was then time to make the rest of the drink. I poured about a tablespoon of the blueberry syrup into my glass and then added some lemonade, leaving enough space to top it off with champagne and a few blueberries.

Lemosa: Result

Lemosa: Result
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The Lemosa ended up being a beautiful drink. It was a  dark rose color with a little fizz, and it was lovely on its own. The blueberries added an extra touch that made this cocktail something that is surely special enough to serve on New Year’s Eve.

Lemosa: Review

Lemosa: Review
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The Lemosa was just as pleasant as I was expecting. The blueberry syrup added a slightly sweet hint to the tangy lemonade, which would have been tasty enough. But with the champagne adding an extra kick to this cocktail, it’s definitely a fabulous choice to enjoy while the ball drops.

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Ingredients

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Ingredients
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  • Champagne
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Sugar

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: How to Make It

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: How to Make It
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For the Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail, I started by cutting up a few lemon and lime slices. I then squeezed the juice out of the remaining halves of the lemon and lime. I quickly dropped the slices into the juice to get them wet before dropping them in the sugar, making sure that they were fully coated on each side. I also dipped the rim of my glass into the juice before placing it in the sugar.

Now that everything was prepped, it was time to make the drink itself. I grabbed another lemon and lime and added a little juice from each into the glass before pouring in some cranberry juice and champagne. I finished the drink by placing one of the sugared lemon slices and one of the sugared lime slices onto the side of the glass. I then topped it off with a little more champagne to fill the glass, and I was done.

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Result

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Result
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The Dizzy Fizzy was even prettier than I had hoped. The rich dark burgundy color of the cranberry juice was beautiful, and the sugared fruits, as well as the sugared rim, added extra pops of brightness.

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Review

Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail: Review
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Um, yum! The cranberry juice and champagne were such a nice combination, and the sugared rim added a lovely level of sweetness to the tart juice. The fruit provided just the right amount of sweet and sour to this dynamic cocktail that’s absolutely worthy of NYE.

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Ingredients

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Ingredients
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  • Sparkling cider (I used Sicilian Lemon Italian Soda)
  • Rainbow sherbet
  • Rainbow sparkles
  • Honey
  • Fruit

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: How to Make It

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: How to Make It
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The Rainbow Sherbet Float was just as much fun to make as it was to drink. I started by scooping a few balls of sherbet onto wax paper that I had placed on a cookie sheet. I popped that into the freezer to harden up for a few minutes while preparing everything else. I then cut a few half slices of lemon and lime and put a little notch into two of the raspberries. Next, I dipped the rim of the glass in honey before popping it into rainbow sprinkles. It was then time to pour in the lemon soda, pop in two of the sherbet scoops, and top it off with more soda.

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Result

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Result
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The Rainbow Sherbet Float mocktail could not have been cuter. It was colorful and bubbly and looked like the perfect mix between a snazzy drink and a delicious dessert.

I actually filled the glass a little too much, and it nearly bubbled over, which meant that the color from the rainbow sprinkles immediately started to run down the inner sides of the glass as I added the fruit to the rim. However, it ended up being another funky aspect of this quirky NYE treat.

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Review

Rainbow Sherbet Float Mocktail: Review
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I tried the float myself and thought it was awesome. The fizzy lemon soda was lovely, and the sherbet added a creaminess that was delightful. My son also tried the mocktail and loved it! He was thrilled by the idea of a new twist on an ice cream float, and his eyes lit up when he saw the colorful concoction I had created.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts
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Whether you’re celebrating with your adult friends or have a few little ones among the partiers, these are three great options to help you say goodbye to the past 12 months and joyfully ring in the next. Happy New Year!