12 Festive Cocktails to Make With Sparkling Wine

Aperol Schvitz

Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Maybe you received a bottle of Prosecco or Cava as a holiday gift. Maybe you have a few bottles lingering at the back of your fridge after that housewarming or birthday party. Whatever the reason for your extra stash of bubbly, we've got a cocktail for that. We'd suggest a classic French 75, which calls for brut Champagne, while Ti and Lalli Martin (of New Orleans' iconic Commander's Palace) opt for a Paris Between the Wars, a delightful Campari and Scotch whiskey concoction that calls for Cava or any other bottle of dry bubbles you might have on hand. Read on for 12 of our favorite bubbly-based cocktails that are perfect for entertaining a crowd, or finishing off the last sips of your favorite bottle at home. Cheers!

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French 75

French 75
Guillermo Riveros / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

Mixologists around the world make this fizzy, lemony drink with gin, but New Orleans bartenders opt for cognac. It's a refreshing twist on an old classic.

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Sprezzatura Royale

Sprezzatura Royale
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"Sprezzatura refers to the stylishly disheveled look perfected by Italian men," says mixologist Joaquín Simó. "An artfully misknotted tie, an elegantly askew collar, mismatched socks — all done with a devil-may-care attitude." This amaro-based sour topped with sparkling rosé embodies casual elegance.

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Winter Berries Cocktail

Winter berries Cocktail
Eva Kolenko

Fruity, rich, and mildly sweet dark-berry liqueur plays well with both effervescent sparkling wine in this Winter Berries Cocktail, while grain-forward bourbon adds a touch of heat. Garnish this bubbly sipper with a thin half-moon slice of lemon.

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Champagne Holiday Punch

Champagne Holiday Punch
© Tina Rupp

Mixologist Erick Castro created this sparkling punch. It's terrifically light, but the malted grain–based genever adds whiskey-like depth.

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Orange Liqueur Mimosa

Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

We're giving classic mimosas an extra twist by swapping out the traditional orange juice with splashes of homemade orange syrup and orange liqueur. When preparing the mimosas, make sure the syrup and Champagne are cold; chilled sparkling wine retains its bubbles better, resulting in a cleaner finish with less of a foamy mousse at the top of the drink.

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Aperol Schvitz

Aperol Schvitz

Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Fizzy and refreshing, this twist on a classic Aperol Spritz is the perfect balance of bitter, tart, and sweet. The Aperol and lime juice balance the sugary Concord grape wine while dry sparkling wine gives it a bubbly finish.

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Paris Between The Wars

Paris Between the Wars Cocktail
Photo by Victor Protasio / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

With rich smokiness from the blended Scotch, rounded bitterness from Campari, and a tart bite from fresh lemon juice, this cocktail is well-balanced and refreshing.

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Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

HBO's House of the Dragon star Emma D'Arcy brought the Negroni Sbagliato in the spotlight, and we can't stop drinking them.

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Contratto Spritz

Contratto spritz
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

This spritz from The Elysian Bar in New Orleans is an ideal aperitif, boasting sweet tangerine, herbal sage, and mild licorice flavors. It's slightly bitter and refreshing, just the thing to sip while eating a few light bites at the end of the day. The spritz is garnished with a dehydrated lemon slice — brushing it with simple syrup helps it keep its crispy, sweet texture.

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Earl Grey Aquavit Spritz

Earl Grey-Aquavit Spritz
Victor Protasio

Honey simple syrup is even easier to prepare than standard simple syrup; just vigorously stir together honey and water until well combined. The mellow, floral sweetness of the honey syrup pairs perfectly a touch of lemon in this tea-infused cocktail.

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Sparkling Citrus-Pomegranate Sangria

Sparkling Citrus-Pomegranate Sangria
Photo by Dan Perez / Food Styling and Prop Styling by Nurit Kariv

A quick cinnamon-flavored simple syrup adds cozy notes to this tart sangria with fall flavors of pear, persimmon, and pomegranate. It's spiked with brandy and gets a lift from Lambrusco, a fizzy Italian red wine.

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Campari-Fennel Aperitif

Campari-Fennel Aperitif
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Pleasantly bitter, herb-infused Campari is a bracing aperitif, especially when it's blended with a little sparkling wine as it is here. Neal Bodenheimer, the owner of Cure in New Orleans, loves how the vivid-red Italian spirit tastes with fennel. "This is a perfect way to use up any leftover fennel fronds from the kitchen," he says. 

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