Items no household should be without: a functioning fire extinguisher; extra toilet paper; a bottle of bubbly. After all, no one wants to be caught in an emergency! We need an Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail, and we need it now.
I’m going to be completely upfront about that fact that, as this post goes to press, I have absolutely no New Year’s Eve plans, beyond making myself another apple cider champagne cocktail and recording the NYC ball drop. A lover of cheesy midnight moments, I’ve watched it every New Year’s Eve (live or recorded) for more than 20 years, and in the event that last-minute social plans whisk me away, I want to be prepared.
I’m feeling positive about my current lack of social plans for a few reasons. One, our default mode when we do not have social plans is to go out for dinner. I nearly always have a good time when someone else does the cooking, and I am guaranteed one when that someone does the dishes too.
Two, I have learned that on New Year’s Eve, the safest approach is to keep expectations low. The less I plan, the more fun I typically have.
Three, as self-appointed household bartender, I am absolutely certain that apple cider champagne cocktails will be pouring, and this drink has all the sparkle we need to welcome 2016 in style.
About This Delicious Apple Cider Cocktail
The inspiration for this champagne cocktail recipe was an apple cider mimosa that a girlfriend ordered at brunch a few weeks ago. I loved the way the champagne cut the apple cider’s sweetness, as well as its cinnamon sugar rim, but I felt the drink was missing the edge a New Year’s Eve cocktail demands. My solution? A little extra booze.
In addition to apple cider and champagne, I added a bit of hard alcohol to the recipe. An ounce (or two) balances the apple cider’s sweet, juicy flavor and gives the cocktail the heft it needs to transition from mid-morning spritzer to evening cocktail sipper.
My first instinct was to add brandy to the champagne cocktails, then just for fun, I decided to see how they tasted with rum. I stood in my kitchen with the brandy champagne cocktail in my right hand and the rum in my left (or was it the brandy cocktail in my left and the rum in my right?), alternating sips and trying to decide which I liked best.
Honestly, both versions of the champagne cocktail were divine. My best advice is to choose whichever you already have in your cabinet, or use this apple cider champagne cocktail recipe as an excuse to stock up on a fresh bottle of both and decide for yourself.
More Festive Cocktail Recipes
- St. Germain Cocktail
- Christmas Punch
- Mulled Wine
- Champagne Punch
- Kir Royale (2-Ingredient French Cocktails)
- Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas
- Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
Whether you stay awake until midnight or fall asleep by 8, wishing you each a very Happy New Year, a lovely evening, and a bubbly glass of apple cider champagne cocktail!
Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails
For the Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails
- 2 ounces brandy or dark rum
- 4 ounces apple cider
- 8 ounces chilled champagne Prosecco, or other sparkling wine
- Optional: Apple slices for garnish
To Rim the Glasses
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon pumpkin pie spice is also tasty if you have it on hand
- Additional apple cider
- Rim the glasses: In a shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. In a separate shallow bowl, pour a few tablespoons of apple cider. Wet the edges of the glasses in the apple cider, then tap the wet edges in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to rim.
- Pour 1 ounce of brandy or rum and 2 ounces apple cider in each glass. Top with 4 ounces champagne. Enjoy immediately, garnished with apple slices as desired.
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