By Kit Rose
Whether you're hosting at home or slinging at work, here is an inspirational list of classic sparklers to celebrate the New Year. Any of these will be welcome alongside brunch as well. Where do you plan to welcome 2015 and do you have a favorite bubbly cocktail? Tell us in the comments! Word on the street is that most Salem bars will offer free champagne toasts at midnight (be sure to call ahead and confirm)!
From Chicago comes this perfect pairing to New Year's brunch. In a flute, add 1tbsp honey, 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc, 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur, and top with prosecco.
An Italian bartender in the 1960's accidentally added sparkling wine to a Negroni instead of gin. The result was delicious and refreshing! Add 1 oz Campari, 1 oz sweet vermouth and ice to rocks glass; top with prosecco and garnish with orange slice.
Upon returning to Earth in 1969, Neil and Buzz sipped this cocktail at London's American Bar at the Savoy Hotel. In a flute, add 1 oz grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz orange liqueur, and splash of rose water; top with Champagne.
This iconic sparkler is making a well deserved comeback in martini form. In a shaker, add 1 oz of gin, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, and ice; shake and strain into chilled martini glass, top with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.
Perfect for your post celebration hangover; the medicinal bitters is a cure-all addition. Place a sugar cube in bottom of flute, dash Angostura bitters on top to dissolve, and top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.
For those of you heading downtown to ring in 2015, these are Salem Sips' favorite bubbly cocktails in Salem:
Baymosa at The Lobster Shanty
Cran Apple Bellini at Finz
Sinner & Saint at Opus
Jazzed Up Mimosa at Vics Boathouse
Ginger Pear Sparkler at 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar
Happy Sipping and Cheers to a New Year!