Bottles for everyone on your gift list, from daiquiri devoté to negroni nut.
Bottles for everyone on your gift list, from daiquiri devoté to negroni nut.
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Even in this era of Golden Age drinking—fueled by a surfeit of better-than-ever craft beer, revived obscure spirits, and new New World wines—there’s nothing quite as festive as Champagne for life’s little victories, including, of course, surviving one year and welcoming a fresh one. And there’s nothing quite as sophisticated as a Champagne-topped cocktail for the occasion.

One of the earliest, aptly named the Champagne Cocktail and made with sugar, Angostura bitters, and a maraschino cherry, first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s 1862 Bon Vivant’s Companion. Later versions included the addition of brandy, and bartenders have been riffing on the formula ever since. In addition to the Champagne Cocktail, there’s a whole wide world of sparkling wine cocktails that capitalize on a range of ingredients, like the French aperitif Suze or a homemade hibiscus-infused vodka, and all sorts of sparkling wines, from workaday prosecco to a fancy-pants blanc de blanc.

Here are four sparkling drinks that have caught our attention, cocktails that go well beyond the classics.

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Golden Chrysanthemum

Another from Kenta Goto, this drink pays tribute to the Japanese golden chrysanthemum flower with this amber, pear-flavored Champagne elixir. Get the recipe for Golden Chrysanthemum »
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Pear and Port Cocktail

Pear and Port Cocktail
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Hibiscus, Vodka, and Champagne Cocktail

Hibiscus, Vodka, and Champagne Cocktail
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Prosecco, Honey, and Lime Cocktail

In this refreshing take on classic tiki drink The Airmail—a prosecco cocktail featuring honey syrup and lime—head bartender Alba Huerta at Julep in Houston replaces the rum with gin and adds pineapple juice and fresh dill for a savory twist. Get the recipe for Prosecco, Honey, and Lime Cocktail »

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