Serve up some merry and bright holiday champagne cocktails at your parties this season! From mimosas to margaritas, there’s a bubbly beverage here you’ll love toasting with this time of year.
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to plan those drink menus. What drinks are on the menu for your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve?
There’s one thing all these holidays have in common: bubbly champagne!
Sparkling wine is an old standby to turn to when you are celebrating anything, and it’s perfect for the holidays, which are all about celebrating friends and family.
Whether you’re making classic mimosas for Christmas morning or looking for a sparkling cocktail for NYE, there’s something here for all your special occasions.
Best champagne for cocktails
Champagne can be expensive, so any kind of sparkling wine, such as cava or prosecco, will work.
For most cocktails, which are usually a little sweet, a drier sparkling wine usually pairs best. Look for “brut” or “extra brut” on the label.
My guide to sparkling wine can help you pick out a bottle and tell you more about the different types.
A great budget buy is Freixenet or La Marca, which are both in the $12-15 range. They are good quality yet they don’t break the bank.
How much champagne to buy
One 750mL bottle of champagne will make approximately 6-8 cocktails, depending on the recipe you use and how much your friends drink.
You know your guests and how much they drink, but keep in mind most guests will enjoy 1 or 2 drinks every hour.
For example, for 10 guests at a 2-hour party, you’d need enough champagne for about 18 drinks, which would be 3 bottles. I usually buy 1 or 2 extra, just in case, but I’ll enjoy it another time if there are any leftover.
Having a non-alcoholic option like ginger ale, ginger beer or sparkling cider is a good idea so you can make virgin mimosas.
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Champagne cocktails for a crowd
If you’re throwing a big bash, set up a station for guests to fix their own holiday drinks.
A mimosa bar (or better yet, a mimosa bar on a Christmas tree) can work for brunches or evening parties. Set up fresh fruit garnishes and different mixers.
Or you could set up a champagne cocktail bar with a sugar cube selection and cocktail bitters for guests to prepare some elegant cocktails.
A treat like champagne jello shots or champagne truffles can provide boozy fun, too.
Now, let’s get into the list of the best champagne cocktail recipes!
Holiday Champagne Cocktails
This Poinsettia drink is an elegant yet easy holiday cocktail made with cranberry juice and topped off with fresh cranberries. Make it for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day!
An easy apple cider mimosa will be the highlight of your fall meals and Thanksgiving brunch! It gets a cinnamon sugar rim and an edible apple garnish that make it a showstopping drink.
Say cheers to the new year with an Elderflower French 75! It’s a floral take on the classic champagne cocktail with lemon juice, gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. This elderflower cocktail will be your new favorite drink for toasting and celebrating!
A round of festive cranberry mimosas is perfect for a holiday party, a wintery brunch! or Christmas morning. Add some orange liqueur to give this cranberry juice cocktail a top-shelf quality.
The Seelbach bourbon champagne cocktail is a unique combination that's so delicious! This one has Great Gatsby vibes and is perfect for an elegant celebration.
Blood orange juice in your mimosas makes for a bright and rosy addition to your holiday brunch menu. Add a splash of Grand Marnier to take it to the next level, then top it off with a blood orange slice.
This raspberry cocktail is flavored with black raspberry liqueur and a mint simple syrup for a delicious and fresh libation. Garnish it with fresh fruit and a mint sprig.
Made with real pomegranate juice, the Pomegranate Mimosa is a delicious choice for your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Tart pomegranate is a perfect match for dry champagne.
Chambord and Champagne Cocktail
This rosy Chambord champagne cocktail brings fresh raspberry flavor to the party and it doesn't disappoint.
Made with caramel vodka, apple cider and your favorite sparkling wine, this bubbly brunch cocktail is perfect for celebrating the season.
Pumpkin Pie Mimosa Recipe
Anyone who loves pumpkin pie will love it in mimosa form. This one is perfect for sipping on the morning of Thanksgiving Day.
Make a rosemary-flavored cocktail that is bright and merry. It's made with an easy homemade rosemary syrup.
Which one will you make first? Let me know your favorite holiday champagne cocktails in the comments below!
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