I don’t think any holiday or special occasion is complete without a festive, signature cocktail (or mocktail) amiright?! The holidays are definitely going to look a little (OK a lot) different this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. As a mama, this season can be a little stressful so I think we all deserve a nice cocktail. Because we have a lot on our plates this year, I’m going to make it easy for you. This champagne cocktail is SO GOOD, super easy to make and will still wow your guests (aka your immediate family or family and friends on your Zoom party). What a strange year.
Anywhoo, this all all you’ll need:
I’d like to start by saying, we are definitely not champagne experts. We have a couple of favorites that we basically use for everything so I’m going to share them with you. First of all, if you have never tried Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Champagne, you’re missing out. It’s seriously so good and doesn’t give me a headache like other champagnes. You can buy it at BevMo, Total Wine or Ralph’s but our favorite place to stock up is Trader Joe’s (less than $10). We also love Gloria Ferrer Brut (less than $20), but honestly you can use any champagne you’d like.
Fun fact, my middle name is actually Germaine and I was named after St. Germain so I remember being so excited when I discovered this liqueur years ago. The bottle is beautiful and it’s made from elderflower blossoms handpicked in the foothills of the Alps (fancy right?). You can use it in cocktails or it can be an after dinner drink.
To make these cocktails festive I love adding fresh cranberries to add some tartness (and hello they look pretty), orange slices and some fresh rosemary. Not only do these garnishes add delicious and festive flavors to the cocktail, but they definitely complete the look. It can absolutely be made without them, but I like to include all three if I have them on hand.
You can absolutely use champagne flutes for these cocktails, but I always use these Libbey Kentfield Coupe Glasses. I just think they’re so elegant and timeless, and take your cocktails to a whole other level. I especially love using them around the holidays.
Make it a Mocktail
You can totally make this a mocktail too! Just substitute the champagne for sparkling apple cider, sparkling water or a sparkling soda. If you. want to substitute the St. Germain liqueur you can this Elderflower juice from World Market.
That pretty much sums it all up! I hope you enjoy these festive cocktails. Cheers and happy holidays!