New Year's Champagne Alternatives

Creative cocktails for the New Year.




Champagne has long been the traditional way to ring in the New Year, but with cocktails making a comeback and the increasing variety of premium spirits to choose from, party revelers are coming up with creative ways to celebrate.

According to www.thebar.com "Toasts and Tastes" survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and December 27, 33% of alcohol drinking adults prefer vodka as an alternative to Champagne for a New Year's cocktail. Rum was named as the second most popular New Year's alternative with 24%.

"Whether you're sitting at your friend's house or hosting a fancy dinner, New Year's is about creating a festive atmosphere and a memorable experience," said Mike Sachs, spokesperson for thebar.com.

For a refreshing alternative to Champagne this New Year's, check out these and other festive cocktail recipes, courtesy of thebar.com:


 Ciroc White Grape Martini

1 ½ ounces Ciroc vodka
1 ½ ounces white grape juice
1 tablespoon lemon-lime sugar
1 frozen grape, for garnish

Add vodka and grape juice. Shake well with crushed ice and strain into Champagne glass rimmed with lemon-lime sugar. Garnish with a frozen grape.


Vanilla Crush

1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Vanilla vodka
3 ounces lemon-lime soda
1 splash orange juice

Fill glass with ice. Add vodka, lemon-lime soda and orange juice. Stir well.


Tinsel Tini

1 ounce Ciroc vodka
½ Rumple Minze
¼ Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Add vodka, Rumple Minze and liqueur. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.



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