A Toast to 2013

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A bottle of bubbly is a must for any New Year’s Eve celebration. While you could sip your chilled sparkling wine, we suggest you instead drink it in a cocktail. It is, after all, a festive occasion.

The wine is actually quite versatile. Champers pairs nicely with liqueurs, you can use it to top many classic elixirs and we’ve even fixed special holiday shots with it.

To make your night perfect, we asked Liquor.com advisory board member Julie Reiner for a trio of original concoctions served at her acclaimed New York bar Clover Club.

So, start your farewell to 2012 with the Magic Hour (pictured above), a fizzy aperitif made with Lillet Rose—which, incidentally, was introduced this year—Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit juice and, of course, sparkling wine.

Then move on to the Jack’s Royale, calling for applejack and maple syrup. Reiner recommends one of our favorite bubblies for it: the fine Gruet from New Mexico.

And for dessert, whip up the Nice Pear. The treat includes both pear brandy and liqueur, plus pisco and a delicious sparkling moscato from Italy. A toast with this libation at midnight will guarantee you a sweet new year. Cheers to 2013!

Magic Hour

Contributed by Tom Macy
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 oz Lillet Rose
  • .5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • .25 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1 tsp Yellow Chartreuse
  • Sparkling wine (such as Gruet)
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist
  • Glass: Champagne flute

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients except the sparkling wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Jack’s Royale

Contributed by Brad Farran
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz Laird’s Bonded Applejack
  • .5 oz Orange Juice
  • .5 oz Maple syrup
  • .25 oz Lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
  • Sparkling wine (such as Gruet)
  • Garnish: Orange twist
  • Glass: Champagne flute

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients except the sparkling wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange twist.

Nice Pear

Contributed by Julie Reiner
INGREDIENTS:

  • .75 oz Kappa Pisco
  • .5 oz Clear Creek Pear Brandy
  • .5 oz Mathilde Poire Liqueur
  • .5 oz Velvet falernum
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 oz La Spinetta Moscato Biancospino or other sweet sparkling wine
  • Garnish: Pear slice
  • Glass: Wine

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients except the sparkling wine to a wine glass and fill with large ice cubes. Stir briefly and top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a pear slice.

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