Make These Bubbly Cocktails for New Year’s and Beyond

It’s time to go beyond the French 75

Champagne Cocktails

Lose Your Shoes Cocktail

Bartender Kaiko Tulloch riffs on the Champagne cocktail with a more floral and herbal version at Lucky Liquor Co. in Edinburgh. The name for the dangerously delicious drink comes from a customer who claimed she would lose her shoes if she had a couple more.Matt Taylor-Gross

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.

Golden Chrysanthemum

Golden Chrysanthemum Champagne Cocktail
Tokyo native Kenta Goto pays tribute to the beloved Japanese golden chrysanthemum flower with this amber, pear-flavored Champagne elixir. At his Lower East Side Bar cocktail destination Bar Goto, Tokyo native Kenta Goto pays tribute to the beloved Japanese golden chrysanthemum flower with this amber, pear-flavored Champagne elixir. Get the recipe for the Golden Chrysanthemum »Matt Taylor-Gross

Brincadeira

Candelaria Champagne Cocktail
Pear, citrus, and herbal flavors meld together for this fruity, Champagne-topped cocktail at Le Glass in Paris. Get the recipe for the Brincadeira »Matt Taylor-Gross

Lose Your Shoes

Lose Your Shoes Champagne Cocktail
Bartender Kaiko Tulloch riffs on the Champagne cocktail with a more floral and herbal version at Lucky Liquor Co. in Edinburgh. The name for the dangerously delicious drink comes from a customer who claimed she would lose her shoes if she had a couple more. Get the recipe for the Lose Your Shoes »Matt Taylor-Gross

Prosecco Cocktail

The Anvil Champagne 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 the Prosecco Cocktail »Matt Taylor-Gross