Serve this Juniper Champagne Cocktail at your New Year’s Eve party.
Why this recipe works
This champagne cocktail recipe is sweetened with simple syrup and infused with juniper berries.
These unique champagne cocktail ingredients gives a citrusy-green note to your New Year's glass of bubbly.
Plus the fragrant swizzle stick of pine plays right along with the festive mood!
Tips for making a champagne cocktail
What type of sparkling wine? You don't want anything too sweet, since you're adding a simple syrup to this champagne cocktails recipe. So pick a dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco.
Less calories, more fun! You can lower the calories in this champagne drink by using a sugar free vanilla coffee syrup instead of using a simple syrup.
Using a premade syrup saves the time and hassle and making a simple syrup, too.
Here's a Low Carb Simple Syrup recipe for you to try.
Preparing the sprigs: 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.
Preparing the juniper berries: 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!
Other fun New Year’s cocktail drinks
If you’re looking for a variety of holiday cocktails and mocktails for your New Year’s party, here are some fantastic ideas:
● Lemonade Sangria (mocktail)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup juniper berries, crushed
- 1 750ml bottle dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
- Pine sprigs, for serving
Preparing the simple syrup
- 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.
Preparing the juniper champagne cocktail
- 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.
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Serving Size:1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.
Photograph by Marcus Nilsson. Recipe and photo used with permission.
Originally published on Dec 29, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.