Easy Champagne Cocktails: The Poinsettia
Champagne cocktails are the pinnacle of your New Year’s Eve party! This menu of cocktails gives you many drinks to try but without a lot of ingredients. Only nine ingredients, actually.
A note about champagne: When making champagne cocktails, you should not use real champagne (unless you’re really really rich, in which case, can I come to your party?). You can totally go ahead and use a nice Prosecco (the Italian version of champagne), Cava (the Spanish version of champagne) or a nice dry (look for the word Brut on the bottle) bottle of sparkling wine from California or Australia.
The best thing you can do is to go now and pick up a bottle of what you’re thinking of using. Chill it down really well. And then this evening open it up and sample it. If you like drinking it on its own, you will like it in the cocktails.
Tonight’s champagne cocktails begin with The Poinsettia.
Cranberry Orange Champagne Cocktail (The Poinsettia)
To make this drink you need to muddle up cranberries that were frozen but have been defrosted. Why is freezing important? It seems to make it easier to get out the juice. So freeze the cranberries (just stick the whole bag in the freezer) and then take out some to defrost in a bowl of warm water. Once they're defrosted, drain them and use them within 1 day. Note that the recipe also uses cranberries that are STILL frozen as a garnish and to keep the drink cold. So make sure you keep some cranberries in the freezer for their chill factor.
- 10 frozen cranberries that have been defrosted
- 1 ounce of orange liqueur (like Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
- ½ cup of dry sparkling wine
- 6 or 7 frozen cranberries
- In a cocktail shaker combine the defrosted cranberries and orange liqueur. Muddle them to mush up the cranberries a bit. (Note that you can do this with a mortar and pestle if you don't have a cocktail shaker and muddler).
- Strain the orange liqueur into a martini glass (use a fine mesh sieve if you don't want tiny cranberry seeds in your drink. If you don't mind the seeds, then use whatever strainer you'd like).
- Top the glass up with the sparkling wine. Drop in the frozen cranberries (these look pretty and help keep the drink nice and cold). Drink!
And here are the links to the other easy champagne cocktails:
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