Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year and looking for something different besides the same old sparkling wine at midnight?
Then check out this simple syrup infused with juniper berries champagne cocktail recipe.
This unique champagne cocktail gives a citrusy-green note to a glass of bubbly. Plus the fragrant swizzle stick of pine plays right along with the festive mood!
This Mama’s tips for making a champagne cocktail recipe
You can lower the calories in this champagne cocktail by using a sugar free vanilla coffee syrup instead of using a simple syrup. It also saves the time and hassle and making a simple syrup!
Make sure to collect fresh pine springs from trees outdoors for the swizzle sticks. They should be unsprayed, washed and thoroughly dried.
To quickly dry the sprigs, put them in a warm (not hot) oven – with the heat off – for 10 to 15 minutes.
To crush the juniper berries, place them in a heavy duty freezer ziplock bag and close it shut. Then cover with a dish towel, place on a wooden cutting board, and pulverize the berries with a wooden rolling pin or meat tenderizing mallet!
Juniper Champagne Cocktail
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup juniper berries, crushed
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
- Pine sprigs, for serving
- Bring sugar, water, and juniper berries to a simmer in a pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Refrigerate 1 hour or up to 1 week.
- For each cocktail, combine 3 tablespoons juniper syrup with 1/2 cup sparkling wine in a glass. Garnish with a pine sprig and serve immediately.
- Serving size: 1 drink
Photograph by Marcus Nilsson. Recipe and photo used with permission.