The ball has dropped, and the hangover has set in. Now, what do you do with all that extra bubbly? Simple solution: Make more cocktails, of course! Whether you’re having the family over for brunch or just recovering from the previous night’s festivities, there’s no harm in enjoying a light cocktail (or two). It’s called hair of the dog! Here are 14 drinks that’ll make you happy you have all that sparkling wine leftover.
14 ingenius ways to use up all that leftover bubbly
Champagne PunchYou can’t go wrong with a simple punch. Perk up the leftover bubbles with some ginger ale (good for hangovers as well) and orange liqueur for a tipple that’s light and won’t get you tipsy too quickly. Just perfect for the morning after a big drinking night.
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The Bubbly Maple LeafThis scotch-based cocktail gets a sweet kiss of maple syrup and a dash of fresh lime juice before being topped off with some bubbly. It does need to be shaken up individually, so don’t attempt it for a huge crowd.
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Blood Orange Bourbon FizzBourbon and Prosecco? Don’t judge it until you try it. We love how pretty this cocktail looks, thanks to the combination of the blood orange juice and bourbon. The crowning glory is a fried sage leaf that adds a nice woodsy aroma every time you take a sip.
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Pineapple Coconut Champagne CocktailGo ahead, pretend that the coconut juice in this drink will help you hydrate after all those extra drinks last night. The Prosecco is used to finish the cocktail, so it isn’t very potent. It's perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch with a tropical twist.
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Ginger Grapefruit SparklerGinger is known to settle the stomach, which is probably what you need after imbibing in one too many. We don’t recommend this as a cure, but you’ll enjoy sipping (slowly) on this pretty pink drink while enjoying your first breakfast or brunch of 2015.
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Sparkling Fruit SangriaBlogger Sally describes her crowd-pleasing recipe as “bright, sweet and vibrant.” We dig that. Chock full of white wine-soaked berries and citrus slices, it provides an easy drinking morning-after cocktail with plenty of fruit to snack on.
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Black VelvetJust two ingredients are required to make this sparkler: Guinness and sparkling wine. What’s even better is that they are used in equal parts, so you don’t have to fiddle around with measuring tools too much. Whip them up individually as guests arrive.
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Negroni SbagliatoThe Negroni is a strong, bold drink we know. Replace the gin with prosecco and you have its lighter cousin that’s just right for a lazy afternoon brunch. If you want something less potent, replace the prosecco with soda to make an Americano.
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Ginger Champagne SparklerThe toughest part about this recipe is making the ginger syrup. Seriously. Add a tablespoon to a champagne flute and pour over whatever bubbly you have standing around to complete the cocktail. Easy breezy.
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St. Germain and ChampagneIf you haven’t tried elderflower liqueur, St.Germain, don’t waste another minute. The soft floral notes balance the dry champagne perfectly, so you can really appreciate the flavour of both ingredients.
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Champagne MargaritasThis recipe is a little involved, but the end result is worth it. It’s the perfect drink to go with a breakfast of huevos rancheros or a taco bar if you’re brave enough to entertain on January 1. Get guests involved and have them shake up their own cocktail for some extra party fun.
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Pink Champagne FloatsA cocktail and dessert in one glass? Oh my! The healthy eating is probably going to start on Monday (or around that time), so go ahead and indulge this last weekend with your favourite sherbert and an extra shot of bubbly. It’s as pretty as it is tasty. Win-win! GET THE RECIPE HERE Go Forth & Mother
Sgroppino CocktailYou’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this Italian cocktail. It’s lemon sorbet! Combined with Prosecco and vodka (hic!), it provides a refreshing lemony twist that works well as a palate cleanser as well. Bonus points for you if you can actually pronounce the name.
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Pear + Thyme FizzChampagne, Prosecco, Cava – whatever bubbly you have on hand will work for this recipe. We love that the cocktail base can be made in advance and refrigerated. Then you just divide it among glasses and top it off with your sparkling wine of choice. Cin cin! GET THE RECIPE HERE Camille Styles