If ushering in the year were a sport, champagne* would be the beverage of champions and we'd dump a huge cooler full of it onto Father Time's head at the stroke of midnight. It's bubbly, makes a wonderful, pee-on-yourself-scary sound when you open it, and is the hands-down only answer for the biggest toast of the year.
And while rap's glitterati can go on a 24-hour champagne diet that likely consists of luxe brands such as Moet, Cristal, or Piper Heidsieck, your at-home champers could easily be one of those bottles with a slightly lower price tag. And since cheap champagne is often too dry, too fruity, or a combo of the two... making yours into a cocktail is easy. Easy on the time, and even easier on the taste buds. A small shot of blueberry, peach, strawberry, or vanilla schnapps in your glass can certainly give a boost of flavor (and color, if that's your thing). Or you can go Thug Passion and mix in a lil Alize or Hpnotiq to add some liq'ed up flavor. Whiskey, Gin, sake, and tequila also pair up well and succeed in adding a little bite to your bubbly. A few of my fave, easy concoctions follow, but the possibilities are, of course, endless.
For a Black Velvet, mix one part champagne with one part Guinness. Employ cockney accent. Enjoy.
Of course, the ubiquitous mimosa is always a winner. Try subbing the o.j. for guanabana, cranberry, or mango juice for an unexpected twist. Squeeze some citrus in for even more depth.
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For delicate additions to your glass of joy, add Cointreau, Chambord, or fruited brandy.
A personal fave blends cognac, raspberry liqueur, raspberries and lemon juice, and tops the mixture off with a healthy dose of the bubbly. Take out the cognac and the lemon, add brandy, and...glug, glug, glug.
*Cavas and Proseccos work just as well