Pink Platinum Champagne Cocktail for New Years Eve and More!
Want to know what can happen when you are too sick to barely function? Well…maybe your post draft for a New Year’s holiday cocktail went live for The Friday Cocktail without being complete, including no photo. Dying here a little bit but then again, I’ve been dying all week and absolutely, positively forgot to check this last night in my Tylenol Cold and Flu Medicine stupor. I awoke this morning and thought of it then and wasn’t lucky enough to have changed it back to a draft…so out it went, no photo, my notes and all. Oops.
Luckily I feel a tiny bit better today and I had all the ingredients ready to go and really wanted to share this cocktail for the upcoming New Year’s holiday, it really is a winner. Though it’s also funny…I’ve always called this a a ‘Double Platinum’ cocktail because it has both champagne and vodka in it and today is a bit different. As I often do, I used a Spanish Cava instead of Champagne. Not only are they often just as good but because they are not Champagne, both Cava and Prosecco can be found much more reasonably priced. Then I choose a pink Cava…another oops. Not quite the platinum of Champagne and vodka is it? So…just for this holiday, I’m offering a Pink Platinum Champagne cocktail but use whatever variety of sparking wine that suits you best!
I’ve made these before using other berries; so it’s a great cocktail for all year. Strawberries and raspberries are great in the spring and blackberries for a gorgeous summer drink but for this time of year I decided it had to be cranberries…with a sugared cranberry garnish. I recently made a batch of sugared cranberries for a cake topping and I’m so glad I tried a shortened version of making them then. So easy, so quick and so good…why wait overnight for them to macerate when you can have some made and ready to use in an hour? I thought you would agree!
Maybe I should not have but I did taste it. It was all I could do to not finish it, you know, to help a bit with dehydration from cold medicine? Not just gorgeous but I don’t think another fruit is so meant to be paired with some citrus partners like orange and lemon. Bright, light and not too sweet. Seriously great cocktail for the holidays…but don’t forget it next spring either!
Happy New Year!!
Pink Platinum Champagne Cocktail
For the simple syrup and sugared cranberries:
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup cranberries
For the cocktail:
- 12 cooked cranberries
- 2 oz cranberry simple syrup
- 1.5 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 tsp fresh orange juice
- Champagne or Sparkling wine
- Sugared cranberries for garnish
- To make the cranberry simple syrup and sugared cranberries for garnish
- Combine the water and sugar in a small pan. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and then add the cranberries and cook on medium low heat until some of the cranberry skins just start to pop and water starts to barely turn pink; 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl and reserve the syrup. Remove half of the cranberries to use for the cocktails.
- Place sugar (I love a large crystal cake decorating sugar) on a cookie sheet and gently put the remaining cranberries on the sugar and roll them until coated. Let them stand in a single layer at room temperature until dry, about 1 hour.
To Make the Cocktail:
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lightly cooked berries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the vodka and orange juice and top with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into champagne flutes. Top with champagne and garnish with sugared cranberries.
Please share some party drinks made at home for new year 2023.
The measurements you put down, is this for a 1 glass serving?
This recipe should serve 2 people if using champagne flutes with a capacity of approximately 6 oz each.
We test it and we have approved it ! Greetings from Paris :).
What a stunning and festive cocktail. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Kendall; we loved it. Not really just for New Year’s either…try different fruits depending on the season.
I hope you are feeling better my friend!!! This is a serious cocktail, but it does sound delicious:-) I hope you have a VERY happy New Year! Cheers!!!! Hugs, Terra
On the mend if I can keep from overdoing it now that I seem to be. Hope to be able to drink this tomorrow night, the whole thing!
Such a stunning holiday cocktail!!!
Thanks Marla…and so tasty too!
I am just getting around to find time online tonight to read your post and it is GORGEOUS! Amazing that you can pull this off while not feeling well. Just stunning and delicious too. If I end up having friends here for New year’s this is the drink I’ll make. Usually we simply celebrate early with the boys and go to sleep well before midnight! Yup, old and boring beyond my years. I hope you are feeling better today.
Finally felt a bit better today and then totally overdid it…but my kitchen is clean! Hey, make one for just you and the hubs; you two deserve a toast even if just between the two of you…Happy New Year!!
This is the most beautiful cocktail I’ve ever seen, truly stunning!
I love you. Really. I was so not feeling like doing this and too sick to even taste it and enjoy it…so to hear something nice about it? Make me feel good for the first time in days! XOXO
wow, very wonderful presentation. I will make cocktail such as this. Thanks very much!
This is my kind of cocktail, I’m always up for a glass of bubbly. Happy New Year Barbara, I hope you feel better soon!
Thanks Sylvie…I’m encouraged only in that I don’t feel worse; hoping better lies ahead tomorrow! 🙂
Sorry to hear you’re sick! I hope you’re better soon, and can enjoy NYE festivities (Happy New Year, BTW!). Recipe looks delish. I’ll be back later to admire the photos. 😉
Well, it started on Christmas Eve so I’m thinking this whole holiday is gonna be a waste. Ah…well, keeps me outta trouble right? I just about DIED when I saw I had let that go live but I’ve got some photos now. SO wish I could have had the whole thing but thinking I better not mix with the medicines I’ve already got in me. Drat!! 🙂
Happy New Year to you too John…Barb
Oh wow, this sounds delish!
It is fabulous and in the spirit of better late than never…I’ve also attached a photo to it now!
Happy New Year my sweet friend! This cocktail looks really delightful and I have plenty of Blackberries on hand as well as Raspberries. Thanks for being an inspiration…all the best, for good health, prosperity and happiness in the New Year.
I will take them all, thank you very much my friend! Would you believe I’ve been sick all week. Would you believe that is why there was no photo and especially why my summer version had yet to be changed to cranberries? OY. All fixed now but what a shock to my poor system!
Wishing you all the same Wendy and hoping we will soon have a moment to catch up. XOXO
I bet this beautiful in a champagne flute! Happy New Year! & Cheers!
I’ve been so sick this week that I forgot I had this post scheduled…so died a bit when I saw it went out. Thankfully I had everything on hand and it’s now made, photographed and dressed up for a party if you want to go take another peek!