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Everyone’s about to raise a glass to welcome in 2022. If you’re getting bored with the champagne standby, how about trying a few remixes? First, you’ll need some gold cocktail sugar to decorate the rim of your glasses.

Then fill those glasses with one of these fun recipes.

The Poinsettia

This classic champagne cocktail is bold and refreshing – and best of all, beautiful, with its wine red hue. It’s a blend of champagne, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice, hitting a flavor combination generally appreciated by most people. Just make sure to use a sweet champagne to complement and slightly offset the bitter, sharp flavor of the cranberry juice. Rosemary and cranberries make a great garnish for this beautiful cocktail.

Raspberry Royale

If you’re really into the symbolism of rose-colored cocktails as a way to celebrate the optimism of a new year, then try this delicious, sweet drink. It’s basically a Breakfast Martini topped off with a little bubbly. All you have to do is mix gin with a high-quality raspberry jam and some lemon juice – and then top it all with champagne. The jam brings in the sweetness, the lemon brings balance, the gin will add a floral note, and the champagne creates an effervescent freshness that delights the senses. It’s a perfect drink for starting a joyful new year.

Champagne Cocktail

Don’t be fooled by its ordinary name – this cocktail is on the International Bartender Association’s list of official cocktails. It is a true classic and with very good reason. It’s made with a simple garnish of lemon peel or maraschino cherries, and with the addition of Angostura bitters. The best part, however, is the sugar cube. This little addition, dropped into the bottom of the glass, reacts with the champagne, creating an elegant and charming “bubble fountain.” This is a really great cocktail for a New Year celebration.

French 75

A vintage cocktail that Ina Garten raves about, this drink is rich, sweet, and lemony. This recipe calls for simple syrup, cognac, lemon juice, and of course, a bit of champagne. It will take you back to the old days, when a good cocktail at the end of the day was everything.

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