Fresh thyme enhances the simple syrup used to sweeten this cocktail, emphasizing the herbal flavors of gin and elderflower liqueur. A little lemon balances the drink beautifully.
Mixing Champagne and Guinness isn't a bad idea, but it's even better to mix sparkling wine and super-rich Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Orange bitters and an orange twist reference the classic foil-wrapped chocolate orange.
A little bourbon adds richness and depth to this sparkling cocktail, made with bubbly, lemon, and a touch of elderflower liqueur.
The Bitter Mimosa
Sparkling drinks don't have to be fruity-sweet drinks. Here, the bubbly is dosed with bitterly delicious Cynar, plus freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Apple cider (the kind you find on the orchard or in the refrigerated section of your grocery store) comes together with rich, herbal Benedictine to offer sophisticated flavors in this Prosecco cocktail.
This spin on the classic French 75 incorporates the scent of the season with Clear Creek Distillery's Douglas Fir Eau de Vie. A touch of gin adds botanical depth, and the base wine is rich rosé sparkling rather than the standard paler stuff.
Whether you're hosting a brunch on Christmas morning or starting your New Year's festivities early, this drink'll do the trick, made with sweet ripe mango and fresh orange juice. You'll need a bottle of chilled sparkling wine for every five drinks, so stock up!
South x Southwest
Ever had a sparkling cocktail with tequila in it? We recommend it, especially when the tequila is mixed with muddled rosemary, fresh lemon, and a little elderflower liqueur.
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Yep, there's St. Germain in this one too, but it's mixed with Drambuie for a rich herbal and honey flavor. Orange bitters round things out.
Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler
It's almost cheating to throw a bit of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur into your sparkling wine; it's bound to be a delicious combo. To balance the sweetness here, you'll add freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
A bungled Negroni, made with sparkling wine instead of gin. Rich red vermouth and bittersweet Campari add bold flavor, and the cocktail is an excellent lower-proof option for starting out a long celebratory evening.
Sparkling and Spiced Winter Sangria
Kumquats, tangerines, and cranberries make an appearance in this cold-weather sangria, made with affordable cava and sweetened with Pavan, an orange-blossom liqueur.
Green Chartreuse offers a little anise-like flavor to this refreshing sparkling drink, made tart with fresh lime and sweetened with maraschino liqueur.
Napa Valley Mojito
Muddled grapes add color and flavor to this spin on a mojito, made with sparkling wine instead of soda.
Peach Aperol Bellini
You don't have to wait for peaches to be in season again to make this luscious drink: it calls for frozen peaches and bittersweet Aperol, plus your favorite affordable bubbly.
South Side Fizz
The South Side is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon, and mint. Here, it's fizzed up with sparkling wine and sweetened with a little Cointreau.