A women’s magazine of the nail-salon/grocery-store-checkout/don’t-tell-my-husband-I-actually-read-this-stuff variety once assured me that the secret to having fun on New Year’s Eve was to “keep expectations low.” I have a better idea: make yourself a two-ingredient Raspberry Champagne Float!

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Sweet raspberry sherbet (or sorbet if you prefer) topped with a fizzy float of champagne, this little party in a glass doesn’t care if your plans to ring in 2017 include a glittery skirt and a cover charge or your comfiest sweatpants and a 9:30 p.m. bedtime.

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While I’ve had New Year’s Eves that fall on both sides of the glittery skirt/sweatpants spectrum, I’ve always enjoyed celebrating it. The eternal optimist and calendar junkie in me relishes the idea of a scheduled fresh start. While I could technically begin a new resolution at any point in the year, January 1st feels like a clean slate. Anything is possible. It’s as if we all get a free pass to be better versions of ourselves, no questions asked.

The lover of any excuse to celebrate in me loves a good reason to break out the bubbly and a cheese ball. Growing up, my mom threw little NYE parties for my sisters and me, complete with a cheese ball, shrimp cocktail, and 199X party hats (some years, they matched the actual new year—other years, we scribbled out then updated the last digit with a Sharpie). At the stroke of 12, we’d take to the streets with our noisemakers and pots and pans. We made a racket. Poor neighbors. I blame it on the sugar rush from all the sparkling grape juice we’d consumed by then.

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To the undoubted relief of those around me, I’ve since lost my passion for the pot-and-pan symphony, but I do still love celebrating the turn of the year. For me, that celebration means a) sharing a night with a few people I care about (this year, Ben and I are going out to dinner with a small group of friends), and b) breaking out the bubbly.

Champagne (or cava or prosecco or any other nice, dry bubbly that looks like a good deal at the liquor store) makes any gathering feel instantly festive and fancy. All you need to do is pop the cork—or find a semi-brave, able-bodied person to do it for you—and it’s a party. Enjoy the bubbles on their own, use them to mix up an Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail, and then polish off the bottle with a Raspberry Champagne Float.

To eat these sherbet or sorbet champagne floats, start with your spoon—the first few bites taste like a fizzy, grown-up sundae—then ditch the flatware and progress to sipping. As the sherbet melts, the frothy liquid becomes rich, creamy, and fizzy. It’s nearly impossible not to have a good time when you have one of these silly pink drinks in your hand.

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This easy New Year’s Eve dessert is here to be sweet, flirty, and fun, and it doesn’t care what your expectations are. If that’s not the right attitude for New Year’s Eve, I don’t know what is!

More Festive Cocktail Recipes

Raspberry Champagne Floats. An easy and fun pink dessert! Perfect for New Year’s Eve, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and more! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Champagne Float Recipe Adaptations

  • Strawberry Champagne Float. Swap in strawberry sherbet and fresh strawberries.
  • Blueberry Champagne Float. Swap in blueberry sherbet and fresh blueberries.
  • Blackberry Champagne Float. Swap in blackberry sherbet and fresh blackberries.
  • Orange Champagne Float. Swap in orange sherbet and fresh orange slices.

What to Serve with Champagne Floats

HAPPY 2017. See you next year!

Raspberry Champagne Floats. TWO INGREDIENTS! A fun pink dessert-meets-cocktails for your next New Year’s Eve, bachelorette party, bridal shower, or Valentine’s Day. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Raspberry Champagne Float

5 from 1 vote
This Raspberry Champagne Float is an easy, beautiful, and fun addition to any celebration! Raspberry sherbet or sorbet topped with champagne. Simple and delicious!

Prep: 1 min
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 1 min

Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • Raspberry sherbet or sorbet—1 scoop per person—I used sherbet for the creamier texture, but sorbet is a delicious dairy-free option
  • Champagne or sparkling wine—about 1/4 cup per person, plus more as desired—I recommend choosing a brut or extra dry
  • For serving: Fresh raspberries

Instructions
 

  • Place a scoop of sherbet in each glass.
  • Top with champagne and fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink (using 1/2 cup sherbet and 1/4 cup brut champagne)Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 27gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSugar: 19g

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  1. These champagne floats look absolutely perfect for NYE!! I love the classic combination of raspberry and bubbly :) Cheers, Erin!

  2. Awesome recipe. The pictures are so beautiful, but the last one shows how much fun you are having! Great way to ring in the New Year.

    1. I am blushing, thank you so much Kristen! Between you and me, that last photo was an accident, but it did end up being a lot of fun :-)

    2. Kristen, I am blushing, thank you so much! And there’s nothing wrong with a little extra splash of champagne, right? ;-)

  3. Absolutely perfect to bring the New Year in just right. The pictures are so beautiful and the recipe is very awesome. I think I’m going to try it for New Years!!!

  4. This sounds great.  I’m not much of an alcohol drinker any more, but I think this drink would not do me in.  So I’m saving it (we’re having a very quiet NYE this year).  Happy New Year to you and Ben and all your family.

    1. Happy new year to you too Susan! Thank you so much. I hope you had a lovely, relaxing evening and that your year is already off to a great start!

  5. Oh, Erin, what a nice idea to cap off another year of your beautiful and tasty recipes! This champagne float looks yummy and I can’t wait to try one! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes/blogs and Happy New Year to you, Ben and Teddy!

  6. These look delicious, and I love that it’s kind of like dessert, too! Such a festive way to ring in the new year! Though making a racket with pots and pans does sounds like fun, too : )

    Happy New Year!

    xx Allison
    alwayseatdessert.com

    1. If your neighbors don’t mind, I highly recommend doing it at least once;-) Thanks so much Allison! Happy new year to you.

  7. For the non-alcoholics amongst us I imagine this would work just as well with some nice apple cider/sparkling apple juice? Well done, looks superb and I love things that are simple yet effective! :)

    PS – Made several of your recipes over the Christmas celebration period – Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese (big hit!), one bowl brownies, just to name a couple, love that these recipes always work out even when you’ve never made them before, thanks! :)

    1. Bridget, I’m so excited to hear that you loved the recipes you tried over the holidays! That means so much to know, thank you :-) As far as a non-alcoholic option for the floats, you could certainly try sparkling apple juice, though be warned that it will be much sweeter, since champagne is pretty dry. If you don’t mind that much sweetness, and like the idea of apple and raspberry flavors together, that certainly could be worth experimenting. You could also try plain soda water. You’ll still get a delicious raspberry flavor and fizz, but it won’t be too overpoweringly sweet.