For this festive night, nothing beats that familiar pop! fizz! clink! Unless of course, you're taking that Champagne and adding a splash of grapefruit juice and rosewater.
Ringing in the new year is synonymous with a glass of bubbly, but the tradition's roots aren't as clear as that crystal Champagne flute. Dom Perignon wasn't a skilled marketer but rather a 17th century monk who worked to perfect Champagne packaging to preserve the sparkle. The beverage's favor with French King Louis XV made Champagne an easy sell to nobles, who wanted the effervescent booze for all celebrations, including New Year's Eve.
2016 was a year of surprises. Here's one more for you: the sparkling cocktail, a surprising twist on an old tradition.
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong sipped this tangy tipple when they returned to Earth. Head barman at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar Joe Gilmore shook up this drink — champagne with grapefruit, orange and rosewater — to celebrate the first Moon landing in 1969.
Take a cue from the silver screen with this classic drink, featured in "The Big Sleep" and "Casablanca." For a modern twist, try this with different flavors of bitters, like cranberry or lavender, which you can also make yourself.