It’s the party season and what better way to celebrate than with some sparkles?
Try your hand at these sparkling wine cocktail recipes, including three delicious
non-alcoholic options, and you’re sure to add some fizz-tastic fun to
your festive gatherings.
Fine & Fancy
The American Bar, The Savoy
From one of the world’s most famous cocktail bars, the Fine & Fancy is a play on ‘fine and dandy’, a favourite saying of one of its most charismatic guests, Maggie. A nod to her first visit where the legendary bartender, Peter Dorelli offered her daughter her first glass of champagne, this inspired cocktail is a twist on Maggie’s usual drink, whisky and ginger.
30 ml Mackintosh Whisky
10 ml Honey syrup
10ml Kings Ginger Liqueur
7.5 ml Thym Liqueur
7.5ml Nardini Acqua de Cedro liqueur
2.5 ml Suze gentian liqueur
1 ml Juice of a fresh lemon
70ml Nyetimber English Sparkling Cuvée
Stir all the ingredients together and top with the chilled sparkling wine.
Claridge’s Bar, Claridge’s
Created for the opening of Claridge’s Bar in 1998, The Flapper has become one of its most popular cocktails and a perfect pre-dinner aperitif. Named after the independent women of the 1920s, renowned as much for their sophistication as their disdain for tradition, this power cocktail perfectly complements the bar’s Art Deco surroundings.
15ml Briottet Crème de Cassis
15ml Boiron strawberry purée
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne
½ a strawberry, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, stir the Crème de Cassis and strawberry purée together, and fine strain into a flute. Top up with the champagne and garnish the rim of the glass with half a strawberry.
Donovan Bar, Brown’s Hotel
Originally designed in partnership with the British jeweller, Boodles, and inspired by their exquisite diamonds (since 1798), this limited-edition cocktail is all pink, festive fun. Created by the renowned mixology team in Mayfair’s stunning Donovan Bar, at Brown’s Hotel, this bitter yet sweet sparkling cocktail is the naughty and nice way to start the party.
40 ml gin
25 ml rhubarb cordial
Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne
Stir the gin and rhubarb cordial together, add a small ice cube (diamond shaped if possible) and top with the champagne.
Brown’s Hotel, London
Alcohol free sparklers
Created with Thomson & Scott Noughty Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Chardonnay
One of our favourite non-alcoholic sparkling wines, Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay is a lot more respectable than its namesake suggests. As a pioneering British wine brand, its all about creating an alcohol-free wine fizzing with the taste and bubbles of a great sparkling, yet with none of the side effects. Perfect for non-drinkers at your festive gathering, our three cocktail recipes taste just as good as they look.
Spiced Pear Fizz
1.5 oz dry gin (non-alcoholic alternative)
2 tablespoons spiced pear syrup
¾ cup of Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay
Garnish with thinly sliced pear, cinnamon stick/thyme sprig
Combine the Gin alternative and Spiced Pear Syrup with ice and top with Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay..
6 oz pink grapefruit juice
4 sprigs of Thyme
32 oz Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay
2 oz agave
grapefruit slice to garnish
Put the Thyme leaves in a shaker with the sweetener and grapefruit juice with ice. Shake and strain, top the glass up with Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and grapefruit slices.
Black tea Sparkler
1 oz. dry gin (non-alcohol alternative)
2 oz. iced black tea
0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
0 .5 oz. simple syrup/honey
4 oz. Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay
Lemon twist, for garnish
Combine the gin alternative, iced tea, lemon juice and honey. Shake with ice and strain into a tumbler then top with Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay and garnish.
Noughty Alcohol Free wines
PS: If you’re curious about alcohol free options this festive season, check out our recent feature where we find out what the buzz is around alcohol-free wine here