That sticky, summer weather is almost upon us, but there is one silver lining—the summer months in NYC mark the perfect time for sipping champagne. Lucky for you, the city's full of champagne bars putting clever twists on bubbly favorites.
If you decide to whip up your own champagne cocktails at home, sites like Pinterest are a treasure trove. Just be sure to follow some general rules of thumb to keep your drinks from falling flat. Herve Rousseau of Flûte Bar tells Metro that the best champagne cocktail is very cold and not too sweet. Another tip? Always add the champagne last, otherwise you'll kill the bubbles.
When the streets of New York leave you sweaty and parched this summer, try cooling off with one of these fresh and fizzy champagne cocktails.
PROSECCO & ICE POP COCKTAIL AT LOOPY DOOPY ROOFTOP BAR
The star of this champagne drink is an alcohol-infused ice pop. Made with fresh fruit, the pop is submerged in crisp Prosecco. (Pop flavors include everything from blackberry mint to peach ginger infused with rum.) This summer delight is definitely the signature drink at Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, which is located at the Conrad Hotel downtown.
FLUTE GIANT CHAMPAGNE MOJITO AT FLUTE BAR
Flûte Bar is one of the city's most well-known champagne bars, and with good reason. The loungy, sexy feel makes it an ideal spot for cocktail hour. But it's their champagne mojito that really steals the show during the summer months. A mix of Bacardi, ginger beer and Piper Heidsieck brut champagne (with a minty, citrus twist), this drink refreshes like no other.
THE COCO AT THE SKYLARK
If you're looking to get fancy, The Skylark is where it's at. This rooftop bar on West 39th Street serves up one bubbly cocktail that particularly hits the spot at the end of a hot day in the city. The Coco is a unique combo of gin, peach, violet liqueur and Prosecco. The concoction is then garnished with strawberry pearls, with floral notes of St. Germain and green chartreuse singing with every sip.