Whether you’re celebrating the New Year with a crazy party or a small get-together, nothing rings in 2014 quite like a glass of Champagne. Jazz up that bottle of bubbly by adding fun extras like flavored liqueurs, spices, fresh fruit, juice, and other types of alcohol. We’ve rounded up five especially party-worthy drinks that are easy to whip up and even easier to slurp down. Just remember to drink responsibly and sip plenty of water in between rounds to prevent a killer hangover on January 1!
Bubbly Maple Leaf Cocktail via Cook The Story
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This cosmopolitan cocktail features the unusual (but delicious) combination of whiskey, lime juice, maple syrup, and sparkling wine. If you’re trying to celebrate on a budget, sub in Prosecco instead of Champagne.
Champagne Punch via Foodie Crush
This party punch has a long ingredients list, but don’t let that deter you — it actually comes together pretty quickly and is ideal for a large group. With three types of liqueur, pinapple juice, ginger ale, Champagne, and raspberries, this beverage is loaded with celebratory flavor. Pro tip: Freeze the raspberries to chill the drink without watering it down.
Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails via Dishing Up the Dirt
Still reminiscing about autumn’s leaf piles and apple pies? If so, this fall-themed drink is the one for you! Mix up some Tennessee Cider (or apple brandy), apple cider, and Champagne and serve with cinnamon sticks.
Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch via Spoon Fork Bacon
Nothing says winter luxury quite like juicy, bright-red blood oranges. Luckily, these decadent-sounding cocktails are pretty simple to whip up. Combine blood orange juice, white wine, Champagne, star anise, and a cinnamon stick to make these pretty drinks. The recipe calls for a pinch of sugar, but feel free to omit if you like your cocktails on the tart side.
Champagne Sangria Punch via Iowa Girl Eats
It wouldn’t be a party without some tasty sangria. This fruit-filled version features pomegranate seeds, sliced kiwi, and orange. Combine the fruit with sweet white wine, orange juice, and Champagne for a fun and festive drink.
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