Toasting a champagne flute at midnight may be the usual way to ring in the new year. But we all agree that 2020 was anything but ordinary. To bid farewell to 2020 and usher in 2021, we asked the bartenders to share their favorite cocktails, suitable for celebrations.
With local twists of the classic French 25 to a Santa Fe mezcal cocktail, here are 13 special cocktails with champagne (and other bubbles!) recommended by hotel bartenders.
Serea’s Gail Westmoreland at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California loves using classic cocktails for inspiration. « In A Pear Tree » takes a classic French 75 for a spin, « she says. The combination of the spicy pear and the hearty sage in a dry champagne creates a multi-layered cocktail experience in which all components can be in the spotlight. â ????
Instructions: Put gin, pear puree, lemon juice and sage honey in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into the champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a pear slice and sage leaf. * Sage honey is made by adding a few sage leaves to a warm honey-water mixture until the desired taste is achieved.
« I describe this cocktail as a vacation in a glass and it’s my take on a sparkling piña colada, » says Jake Larragoite, bartender at the Parq Central Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The egg white gives the cocktail a silky, velvety texture that this thick, beautiful meringue creates when sparkling wine is poured over it, he says.
Preparation: Mix rum, pineapple juice, egg white and simple syrup in a shaker with ice and shake well. Shake dry and strain into a large stone glass. Top with 4 ounces. Sparkling wine and three dashes of tiki bitters.
Liam Ransom of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, gave the French 75 a twist with a local gin.
« I’ve always enjoyed French 75s » and I have a crush on what Leopold Bros does here in Denver. Colorado is known for peaches every year and the peach liquor shines through the whole cocktail, ???? Ransom says.
Instructions: Shake all the ingredients in a shaker. Place double fine strain in the top of a flute with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Caleb Cherry, lead bartender at Tune-Up at the Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, Montana, tops this cocktail with a sprig of rosemary, which gives it a nice smell quality when sipped. What I love most about this cocktail is the balance between sweet notes and the dryness of sparkling wine. Says Cherry.
Instructions: Combine all of them except Prosecco. Shake with rosemary feather, strain finely and pour into the champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and garnish with bamboo or fresh berries.
Dominick Gudino of the Advenire Hotel in Greater Zion, Utah shared this recipe. For his cocktail, he uses Alpine Gin from Park City, a local, award-winning gin that contains a mixture of botanicals such as a woody and tangy juniper berry as well as coriander seeds, ginger, cardamom, lemon peel and more.
Alan Walter, the liquor dealer at the Loa Bar at the International House Hotel in New Orleans, uses a peach-infused brandy for this Crescent City version of a French 75.
Instructions: For the peach-enriched cognac: Cut the peaches into thin slices and dehydrate them. Infuse the sous vide at 155 degrees Fahrenheit for 2. 5 hours. For the peach syrup: cut the peaches in half and press them flat. Let the peaches simmer in a simple syrup [1: 1] for 30 minutes. Mix the cognac, lemon juice, peach syrup and Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker. Serve in a champagne glass and top with the sparkling rosé. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
The Greater New Orleans French 75 from Loa Bar in the International House in New Orleans.
The Miami 35 is a tropical island twist on a French 75 created by the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami, and that’s a nod to the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in South Florida, says bartender Alex Rodriguez.
Instructions: Mix all ingredients except champagne in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a hibiscus flower and a lemon roll.
Santa Fe is known for its Margarita Trail. But City Different also knows how to ring in the new year. The desert flower was created by John Cuviello, director of food and beverage, and Sara Davis, beverage manager at La Fonda at the Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a beautiful pink hue and festive effervescence, the cocktail delivers optimism â ???? something we all need to go to 2021.
Dry sparkling wine (La Fonda uses Gruet Blanc de Noirs for a special New Mexico touch).
Instructions: Combine mezcal, agave syrup and prickly pear syrup in a champagne coupe. Fill the glass with dry sparkling wine and garnish with an orange wheel.
Created by Marla White, the lead bartender at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the name of this cocktail sums up collective sentiments for 2020. « FU2020 is our farewell to this year that combines sweet and soft flavors to welcome a refreshing New Year, » Weiss says.
Instructions: Put the first three ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Pour the mixture into your favorite glassware and top it with 1. 5 ounces MoÃ «t & Chandon Imperial Brut. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
This cocktail has vegans in mind. « Instead of using egg white for the foam, we use aquafaba, a viscous water made from chickpeas that mimics the properties of egg white. « says Victor Guerrero, mixologist at Casa Amate Restaurant at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Instructions: Put the first five ingredients in the shaker and shake them dry (without ice) so that the aquafaba breathes and flows. Open the shaker to make sure there is foam (if not, shake it dry again). . Add ice and shake again. Strain twice in a cold coupe glass. Add a dash of Clicquot to help the foam stir up more. It also helps the gold particles float, making it look like the cocktail is made of gold. .
« Just like we want our 2021 to go: Simple in its ingredients and instructions, but vibrant in color and flavor profile, » says Christopher Harding, Apron bartender at the Kimpton Overland Hotel in Atlanta, who shared the recipe for this champagne cocktail.
Instructions: Shake the first three ingredients and strain into a coupé glass. Top with some Moet Chandon. Garnish with fresh strawberries or raspberries.
You could even save this for New Years Day. a???? « We love how crispy and refreshing this champagne cocktail is, » says Grace Skarra of Harrah’s Resort in Southern California, San Diego.
Instructions: Combine blood orange juice and peach liqueur in a champagne flute. Give it a quick dash of cranberry juice, sprinkle with champagne and garnish with fresh cranberries and blood orange peel / peel.
« The New Me is a mix of quality, flavor, sass and classic effervescence, » says Antoine Hodge, the bar and spirits director of the Baccarat Hotel New York.
Instructions: Add the first four ingredients and shake in a mixer. Strain into a champagne flute and fill up with champagne. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Or you could garnish with star anise.
From a young age I had wanderlust. As a curious child, I went to the library and flipped through the atlas and encyclopedias. I imagined I would travel far away
From a young age I had wanderlust. As a curious child, I went to the library and flipped through the atlas and encyclopedias. I imagined that I would travel to far away places. My grandma bought my fictional travel stories for $ 1 each. After graduating from the University of Colorado and serving as editor-in-chief of Campus Newspaper, I spent more than a decade in daily newspapers, reporting, and writing. I also briefly served as a federal background investigator before becoming a full-time travel and lifestyle writer. I’ve contributed to publications such as Men’s Journal, American Way, Apartment Therapy, Simplemost, Better, TripSavvy, Livability, AAA Publications, Reader’s Digest, The Denver Post, and Yoga Journal, 5280, and more. I am based in Denver, Colorado. and I like to write about adventure travel and the outdoors. I also love finding quirky travel stories and I’m always on the lookout for a great flavorful margarita.
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