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As delicious as a kiss at midnight, champagne is one of the highlights of New Years Eve celebrations. Explosive and sparkly, it honors the best times of the year we’re wrapping and kicks off all the promise of the year ahead. Champagne is classic and splurge-y and the perfect accompaniment to those fabulous new earrings and to-die-for new dress…
Make even more special the pops you’re planning with the three super simple twists right here. Take your toast to a whole new level with any one of the designs below.
Happy New Year!
Simply pour the champagne onto a cookie sheet, roasting pan, or baking dish – anything deep enough to hold a whole bottle, but flat enough to fit in your freezer – and transfer to the freezer. Let freeze for 2-3 hours (longer if the dish is deep, less if it is wide). Just before serving, then, with a sturdy spoon or fork, scrape the frozen champagne into flakes. Scoop the granita into pretty glasses or onto a collection of interesting spoons. Garnish each serving with a fresh fruit.
Cranberry-Thyme Champagne Cocktail
Simple Syrup: 1/2 cup Water, 1/2 cup Sugar, 1/4 cup fresh Cranberries, 3 sprigs fresh Thyme
1. Bring everything but the champagne to a boil until the sugar dissolves and the berries burst, about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.
2. Prepare the cocktail to order: Pour some syrup into the bottom of a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with leaves of thyme and whole fresh cranberries.
**A simple syrup is nothing but equal parts water and sugar. Use this recipe as a template to play with your favorite fresh ingredients to make all sorts of clever cocktails. Fresh ginger, fresh rosemary, and any citrus zest are wonderful additions too.
Lemon Basil Champagne Floats
Sorbet + Champagne
Scoop your favorite sorbet into a martini glass and generously pour the champagne over top. Garnish with fresh ingredients that complement the flavors of the sorbet like torn herb leaves, curls of citrus zest, slices of lemon, or pomegranate arils.
**So many delicious sorbets available… We used our favorite Lemon Basil flavor from Madisono’s for the floats pictured here.