Champagne is the ultimate festive drink, but why limit yourself to just popping bottles on New Year’s Eve? These champagne cocktails can be made for holiday parties, birthdays, and showers alike. With so many combinations out there, you can stock up on bubbly and a few healthy mixers (think fruits and fresh herbs rather than soda or juice) and make drinks to suit every party-goer’s taste. From margaritas to mojitos, you’ll be shocked at this sparkling beverage’s versatility. Bonus: Many of these recipes are for one or two servings, so if your celebration is just a night in, that’s cool too.
1. Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
When apple cider sounds great, but the thought of a warm drink has your eyes feeling heavy, go for this champagne cocktail. The drink combines champagne, apple cider, and brandy or dark rum (totally up to your taste preference) to make a cold drink that’s just as cozy. Add a cinnamon sugar rim, because, yum.
2. Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail
We’re all about colorful drinks that contain whole ingredients instead of sugary juices. Make a sweet and boozy sauce out of blackberries, maple syrup, and vodka, and add in lavender flowers while still boiling (don’t worry if you pass on the flowers—it will taste just as good without). Combine a tablespoon of sauce with champagne and add a stem of fresh lavender for a drink that’s (almost) too pretty to drink.
3. Strawberry Lime Champagne
Similar to a lighter strawberry daiquiri, this fruity cocktail can be served frozen or chilled. It requires just three ingredients (surprise: they are all in the recipe title!) and 15 minutes of prep time. With one of these in hand, you can’t help but feel like you’re at the beach—just what we need in the middle of winter.
4. Cape Cod Champagne Cocktail
With its red tint, and cranberry, lime, and mint garnish, this bubbly take on a classic Cape Cod is begging to be part of your holiday party. Make a simple syrup out of water, sugar (coconut sugar or honey work too), and cranberries, then add an ounce of syrup to vodka and champagne. Top with garnish and feel the holiday spirit all around.
5. Champagne Margaritas
Champagne and margaritas might just be the dream combo. Add some bubbly to a mixture of tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup—this healthier margarita has no electric-green mix in sight. Garnish with lime wedges, and boom, you’ve got two favorite drinks in one.
6. Blueberry Mojito Royale
These fancy-looking mojitos will give you major hostess points with little-to-no stress. Muddle mint leaves, blueberries, sugar, and lime juice—if you don’t have a muddling tool, a wooden spoon works just as well—then fill each glass with ice and pour in rum and champagne. Add a bamboo skewer lined with blueberries to complete the look.
7. Cherry French 75
These kind of sound like grown-up Shirley Temples, and we dig it. Make a cherry simple syrup and combine with gin, champagne, or Prosecco, and a little fresh lemon juice. Lemon peels and fresh cherries for garnish are an upgrade from a Maraschino cherry, and swapping coconut sugar for the regular white stuff makes the syrup much healthier than grenadine. The recipe is for a single serving but is easy to duplicate for a crowd. Drink up!
8. Cinnamon Pear Champagne Cocktail
Pears are probably not the first fruit that comes to mind when you think of cocktails, but this cinnamon-infused mix makes us wonder what other boozy beverages the sweet fruit could be added to. The simple syrup and pear juice cut the strong taste of gin, and champagne gives it a festive, fizzy feel. If you don’t have a juicer, blend the pear instead and strain it to remove any pulp.
9. Kombucha Champagne Cocktail
A spoonful of champagne helps the kombucha go down… if we’re being honest, the taste of kombucha can be a little much at first. So why not ease into the antioxidant-rich green drink by combining it with champagne? This recipe calls for a one-to-one ratio of the two drinks, plus a few twigs of thyme for garnish. Easy to make and relatively good for you? That’s what’s up.