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Champers countdown for New Years

As traditional as Champagne is traditional for New Year's, it's nice to mix it up now and then with a few champers-based cocktails. My favorite affordable bubbly is Chandon Blanc de Noir, a Napa Valley California sparkling wine made by the French house Moet et Chandon.

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  1. Kir Royale: This classic was my first champagne cocktail, and remains a favorite. Creme de cassis, bubbles.
  2. Kathleen: Limoncello and bubbles. Very refreshing.
  3. Elderflower: A bit of Elderflower syrup topped by bubbles. Have you noticed a theme here?
  4. Aperol Sprizz: Aperol and then bubbles on top. If you prefer a drier champagne, this will balance any sweetness.
  5. Champagne cocktail: Drop a cube of sugar at the bottom a flute, drop with Angostura bitters, top with bubbles, stir to dissolve sugar.
  6. Blini: Peach juice or juice blend, top with bubbles.
  7. Black Velvet: Stout beer and bubbles.
  8. Jade: From my friend Jack Persico. Shake 1/4 oz blue curacao, 1/4 oz Midori, 1/4 oz lime juice, dash of Angostura bitters over ice. Pour into flute, then top with bubbles.
  9. Chicago cocktail: Brandy, triple sec, bitters, bubbles.
  10. French 75: This is our current house favorite and what I'll serve this New Year's Eve. It's is slightly more complex: gin, lemon, sugar syrup, shake with ice, then bubbles on top.
Happy New Year!

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