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Festive Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Festive champagne cocktails are the perfect adult beverages for the holiday season made with champagne, vanilla vodka, and Sprite decorated with frosting and sprinkles around the rim. Forget the classic mimosa this year and try this delicious sparkling cocktail. This is a super simple cocktail recipe for an instant party, perfect to add to your holiday menu!

Ever wonder who invented champagne? Well, according to the experts, Dom Pierre Perignon figured out how to make the sparkling adult beverage in 1693 when bottling his wine for the winter. However, some say that an English scientist figured out how to make the liquid sparkle way back in 1667. No matter who made it first, we want to thank them!

Ingredients needed:

  • Vanilla vodka: The flavor of vanilla beans in this crisp drink gives it a more festive and mild taste. 
  • Bottle of champagne (or prosecco): Pop open your best champagne or use the cheapest sparkling wine you choose. It does not matter because these holiday cocktails will still be delicious.
  • Sprite: Any kind of lemon-lime soda will work. 
  • Blue sprinkles and white sprinkles: To make the festive rims.
  • Vanilla frosting: Any kind you like or use our cream cheese frosting recipe.
  • Pink gel food coloring: To color your frosting.

 

How to make champagne cocktails from scratch?

  1. Color your frosting: First, separate the frosting into two small bowls. Then, add pink gel food coloring to one and stir until you get the color you like. Leave the other one white. 
  2. Prepare sprinkles: Next, put pink sprinkles in one shallow dish and white in another. 
  3. Spread the frosting: Now, spread frosting on the rims of your glasses making some pink and some white. Roll the rim of the glasses in their accompanying colors.
  4. Add the drinks: Last, pour an ounce of vanilla vodka into each champagne flute. Then, divide the champagne evenly between all the glasses before filling them with Sprite. 
  5. Serve: Finally, serve chilled. 

Recipe variations:

  • Make poinsettia cocktail (cranberry mimosa): Add a splash of cranberry juice and a few fresh cranberries to make this a cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Add other juice: Feel free to add a little orange juice or whatever you like such as lime juice, pomegranate juice, or pineapple juice. 
  • Garnish with fruit: In fact, you can also use some fresh fruit in or on top to make an even more colorful drink. Some great ideas are limes, lemons, orange wedges, maraschino cherries, cranberries, or pineapple chunks.
  • Citrus champagne cocktails: For an orangey flavor, add orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier) and orange zest to your delicious cocktail. 
  • Pomegranate liqueur: Similarly, you could do the same thing with pomegranate, lemon, or lime.
  • Pink lemonade: Make your drinks even more festive by adding pink lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or another holiday cocktail beverage. 
  • Sweet bubbly: For a sweeter cocktail, add a dash of simple syrup to each glass and stir. 
  • Refreshing twist: Put a sprig of fresh mint on top of your glass for a refreshing minty kick. 

Frequently asked questions

What is prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Northern Italy. It is special because it is made from at least 85% Glera grapes, which are mild and light. This gives it a slightly sweet, fizzy, and soft flavor. It is named after the town where it was first made. Some prosecco is flavored with citrus, peach, green apple, or almond extract.

Can I use a different kind of liquor?

Although this recipe calls for vanilla vodka, you can make this drink with anything you like such as gin, whiskey, tequila, or Cointreau. Mix gin, lemon juice, and sugar for a French 75 or bourbon and coconut milk for a tropical cocktail. 

How do I make this alcohol-free?

Simply use sparkling white grape juice and club soda instead of the liquors. It will taste just as delicious and look stunning like the champagne cocktails but without the alcohol. These virgin cocktails are perfect for those who do not drink or for a special alcohol-free Mother’s Day celebration.

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: You can store your leftover champagne cocktail in an airtight container in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Freeze: You can freeze these to make them slushy, but they will not freeze all the way because of the high alcohol content.

Festive Champagne Cocktails

Festive champagne cocktails are perfect for the holidays, made with champagne, vanilla vodka, and decorated with frosting and sprinkles.

new year festive champage cocktail with buttercream sprinkle rim with Christmas decor in the background
  • Prep Time10 MIN
  • Cook Time
  • Servings 6 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup assorted sprinkles or Pop Rocks
  • vanilla frosting can be in different colors
  • 6 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 bottle Champagne or Prosecco
  • 20 oz bottle Sprite or Tonic

Instructions

  • Place the sprinkles on a small shallow plate. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting around the rims of the serving glasses, then dip in sprinkles.
    rolling in sprinkles a buttercream covered rim
  • Add an ounce of vanilla vodka to each glass, next, divide the champagne, and top with with a splash of Sprite.
    pouring champagne into a glass with a sprinkle rim
  • You can mix frozen or fresh berries into the drinks. Serve chilled.

Nutrition Facts

Recipe tips:

  • A tablespoon of lemon juice would make this champagne cocktail even more delicious. 
  • If you are looking for more champagne cocktail recipes, we have several on our food blog.
  • Toss in some frozen peaches and other fruits for a really smooth and sweet flavor.
  • It does not need to be a special occasion to serve these party pleasers. Whether it is New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve, a holiday party, or just another weekend, these are great year-round. 
  • Make a big batch of this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for an instant crowd-pleaser.
  • If you do not have time to chill your drinks first, just add ice. 
  • The nutrition information at the bottom of the page is just an estimate.

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Christy G

Christy G

I don’t drink but these are cute cocktails. Maybe I can make a mocktail version.

Sandra

Sandra

This is such a gorgeous drink!! I love how festive it is!

Jennifer Prince

Jennifer Prince

So lovely and festive! Sounds like an excuse to get vanilla vodka for sure.

Allyson Zea

Allyson Zea

This is such a great cocktail for the holidays!

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