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Pineapple Coconut Champagne Cocktail (Photo courtesy of Pineapple & Coconut.)

Is there any sound more festive than a bottle of Champagne popping? We think not! Admittedly, it’s hard to improve on a crisp glass of chilled bubbles. But we found 12 drink recipes in which fresh herbs, sweet fruit, tart bitters (and all kinds of other good stuff) make Champagne even more delicious. Grab a glass and mix up one of these killer cocktails before the clock strikes midnight!

Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients: Prosecco, whole cherries, fresh thyme, lemon

This simple recipe calls for canned whole cherries and plenty of fragrant thyme. Lemon juice draws out the other flavors. Get directions from Baked Bree.

Baked Bree's Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail

Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail (Photo courtesy of Baked Bree.)

Ruby Fizz

Ingredients: gin, simple syrup, heavy cream, lime juice, lemon juice, orange flower water, egg white, Blanc de Noirs or other sparkling pinot noir

This cocktail calls for a sparkling red, and is a bit labor intensive. But your mixology efforts will be rewarded with a festive creamy drink to ring in the New Year. Get directions from Stir and Strain.

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients: cotton candy, Champagne or sparkling wine, St. Germain liqueur

The cotton candy melts as you pour Champagne over it, which makes for a Pinterest-worthy presentation and a very sweet treat. Get directions from Lauren Conrad.

Royale Resolution

Ingredients: mint, lime, blueberries, blackberries, blueberry vodka, Chambord, Champagne, ice 

Sip a “Royale Resolution” while you look back on 2015 and set your goals for the year ahead. Get directions from Valley & Co. Lifestyle.

Valley & Co.'s Royale Resolution

Royale Resolution (Photo by McGuire Photography for Valley & Co. and courtesy of Valley & Co.)

Seelbach

Ingredients: Champagne, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, bourbon, Cointreau 

Even bourbon drinkers want to get in on the bubble action on New Year’s Eve. Get directions from Tuxedo No. 2.

Peach Bellini

Ingredients: peach schnapps, peach puree, agave syrup, ice, Prosecco, fresh white peach for garnish 

Hosting a New Year’s Day brunch? Keep the party going with a batch of yummy peach Bellinis. Get directions from Melbourne Cocktails.

Pear and Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients: pear juice, ginger simple syrup, Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling white wine 

Basically the holiday season in a Champagne flute! Get directions from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

Northern Spy

Ingredients: applejack, apple cider, lemon juice, apricot brandy 

Warm up on a cold night with a hearty winter cocktail topped with a bit of fizz. Get directions from The Cocktail Chronicles.

Pineapple Coconut Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients: pineapple juice, coconut juice, Champagne or Prosecco, simple syrup, shredded coconut

It might be freezing outside on New Year’s Eve, but this frothy tropical cocktail will transport you to a warm, sandy beach (if only in your mind). Get directions from Pineapple and Coconut.

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Pineapple Coconut Champagne Cocktail (Photo courtesy of Pineapple & Coconut.)

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Ingredients: pomegranate juice, pear nectar, orange-flavored liqueur, Champagne, Prosecco or Cava 

Mix up a batch of this bubbly punch to greet guests with welcome cocktails as they arrive at your party. Get directions from Pixelated Crumb.

Feel This Cocktail

Ingredients: orange juice, lime juice, vodka, brown simple syrup, Champagne, raspberries

A liberal pour of vodka topped off with Champagne is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. Get directions from The Drink Blog.

Feel The Cocktail from The Drink Blog

Feel This Cocktail (Photo courtesy of The Drink Blog.)

Mi Amore

Ingredients: vodka, limoncello, blood orange liqueur, Prosecco, grenadine, cherries and red sugar for garnish

This blogger recommends the Mi Amore for Valentine’s Day, but we think the pretty concoction works just as well for a romantic New Year’s Eve celebration. Get directions from Consumatorium.


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