In preparation for the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations, we decided to make and sample champagne cocktails over the weekend. A fun job, to be sure, and this week I will feature three cocktails that we enjoyed to help you prepare for your New Year’s Eve party. All of the cocktails are easy to prepare with just a few commonly available ingredients.
This light cocktail uses apple juice, cognac, simple syrup, champagne, and apple chunks. Since it calls for simple syrup, make sure your apple juice isn’t sweetened (most isn’t anymore, but it can’t hurt to check). If you prefer an alcohol free cocktail, I’ve suggested a variation below.
- 1 ounce (30 ml) apple juice
- 1/2 ounce (15 ml) cognac
- 1/2 ounce (15 ml) simple syrup
- 4-5 apple chunks
- ice chunks
- 3 ounces (90 ml) champagne
- In the cocktail shaker, add the apple juice, cognac, simply syrup, apple chunks, and ice. Shake vigorously. Pour all into a glass and add the champagne. Stir and serve.
No Alcohol: 1 ounce apple juice, 1/2 ounce pear juice, 1/4-1/2 ounce simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it), apple chunks, ice, 3 ounces sparkling cider (If the sparkling cider is sweetened, skip the simple syrup.)