Juniper Champagne Cocktail

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Juniper Champagne Cocktail

Serve up this champagne cocktail at your New Year’s Eve party as a fun alternative to having just the same old plain champagne drinks at midnight this year.

This Juniper 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 recipe

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.

You can also buy premade simple syrup. I've tried some sugar free simple syrups that are pretty tasty and make for almost guilt free champagne cocktails.

Finally, if you want to go ahead and make a homemade sugar free simple syrup for your champagne drink, you could use monk fruit sweetener or Swerve Sweetener.

Here's a Low Carb Simple Syrup recipe for you to try.

Three champagne cocktails in tall glasses served with pine sprigs.

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:

Slow Cooker Smoking Bishop and Slow Cooker Mulled Wine – both are heated spiced wine recipes made in the crockpot 

S’mores Martini

Peach Whiskey Cocktail

Orange Blossom Mocktail

Lemonade Sangria (mocktail)

Juniper Champagne Cocktail

Juniper Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

Preparing the simple syrup

  1. 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

  1. 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.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1 drink

Photograph by Marcus Nilsson. Recipe and photo used with permission.

Originally published on Dec 29, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

Juniper Champagne Cocktail

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