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New Year, New Cocktails!

If there is a time of year where a little decadence is acceptable, then surely it is the strange week between Christmas and New Year. Like a festive Dorian Gray, we all routinely smash a 6-pack of mince pies for breakfast, spend most evenings working through a bottle of port and a tin of Quality Streets leaving nothing but wrappers and the orange crème flavour, and glaze all carbohydrates in either honey or goose fat, not worrying about the portrait in the attic until January. However, here at Oddbins, we intend to nudge you even deeper in to Christmas hedonism; think of us as your winter Lord Henry.

After all, it’s been a tough year and we think you deserve a little luxury, and there is nothing more luxurious than sparkling wine cocktails! Taking Champagne, arguably the greatest beverage of all time and thinking, “pish, I can make it better, bring me my bitters case,” feels so indulgent that you should probably have to drink it under a napkin to hide your decadence from god.

Here’s our favourite sparkling wine cocktails for New Year’s Eve, don’t worry, the gym will still be there in January.

Haven’t had an Aperol Spritz since the first week of September? Festive it up by adding Aperol to a traditional buck’s fizz giving this festive classic great colour and a bitter edge.

25ml Aperol, 25ml orange juice, 125ml Follador Superiore Prosecco & garnish with orange twist.

 

Sometimes the classics are the best; it doesn’t take a mountain of prep and works with virtually any sparkling wine, but we recommend as follows…

25ml Lejay Crème de Cassis, 150ml Canard Duchene Brut Champagne, garnish with fresh raspberries.

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in 2018 is gin is awesome, it’s even better with sparkling wine! Try our Cremant and gin cocktail with a twist.

25ml Whitley Neil Gin, 12.5ml lemon juice, 12.5ml sugar syrup, 125ml Louis Eschenauer Crémant De Bordeaux NV & garnish with a lemon twist.

Sparkling Rosé is regal at the best of times but in this succulently fruity cocktail, backed up with smooth Devon vodka, it is purely divine.

Muddle blackberries, ice, 10ml lemon juice, 30ml Black Cow Vodka, a teaspoon of caster sugar, strain and top up with 125ml of MM Reserva Vintage Brut Rosé Cava.

Hardly the most imaginative of cocktail names but hey, we’ll forgive ‘em given this cocktail’s classic appeal. This is a bartenders main-stay for a reason.

1 sugar cube, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 25ml H by Hine VSOP Cognac, 150ml Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV Champagne and a twist of lemon.

Make a softer, lighter and more refreshing Negroni by swapping gin for Prosecco, perfect for pacing yourself over a long evening of partying!

25ml Campari, 25ml La Quintinye Royal Vermouth, 50ml Ca Rosa Prosecco, serve over ice and garnish with an Orange wedge or twist and sprig of rosemary (optional).