New York City mixologist, Lynnette Marrero, who’s worked at some of the city’s best cocktail bars, including Rye House, Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge, knows her way around bubbly. And since nothing says, “Bring it, 2015!” like a glass of sparkling, we asked her to share a few fun — yet simple — champagne cocktail recipes.
And before you toss any half empty bottles (come on, it happens sometimes) Marrero says hold it. “ You have approximately three days with the bottle covered in the fridge,” says the expert. “Since New Year’s Eve is on a Wednesday, a Saturday Mimosa could work!”
Another suggestion: Make champagne vinegar or a champagne sorbet (add lemon juice, sugar and fruit and freeze it for a semi boozy treat.) “The best thing about products that ferment is you have many options,” says Marrero.
But if you want to stick with the classic and repurpose them in another cocktail, Marrero recommends the St. Germain. See more champagne cocktail recipes below.
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The French 75
.75 ounces Bombay Sapphire
.5 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Half a shot of sugar syrup
Top with Champagne
Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into champagne glass, then top with champagne and lightly stir. Garnish with a lemon peel.
The St-Germain Cocktail
2 parts Brut champagne
1.5 parts St-Germain
2 parts Sparkling Water
Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Ville et Pays
1 oz. Calvados
.75 oz. St-Germain
.5 oz. Belle de Brillet (pear liqueur)
3 oz. Champagne
Dash orange bitters
Stir all ingredients except champagne to chill. Strain into a flute or coupe. Top with champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.
.5 oz. Cointreau
1.5 oz. Bourbon (Four Roses Bourbon)
5 dashes angostura bitters
5 dashes peychaud bitters
Top with Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut
Shake all ingredients except champagne in a shaker to chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.
1.5 oz. Zacapa 23 Rum
.75 oz. lime
.75 oz. Honey syrup
Top with D'Luscious Demi Sec Rose
Shake all ingredients except champagne in a shaker to chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Chamapagne. Garnish with a lime wheel twist.
French Porto Call
.5 oz. Port
1.5 oz. St-Germain
1/5 oz. Honey
.75 oz. Lemon juice
.25 oz. Grenadine
Shake all ingredients except champagne in a shaker to chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a cherry.