We’re all familiar with the toast of champagne at midnight on New Year’s Eve, right? Pop. Fizz. Clink. Sip. Got it. Cue the “Auld Lang Syne” (thanks, Robert Burns!). Unless you’re springing for some quality bubbles you might find your sparkling wine a little dull, especially if you’re planning to have more than one fluteful. Let’s add a bit more sparkle to that sparkling wine, shall we?
Here’s where Gatsby steps in. Nobody throws a party like our man Gatsby. He knows his way around a champagne toast, to be sure, and knows how to keep his guests coming back to the well. Whether you’re hosting your own NYE party or just toasting at midnight, try out this sparkling wine cocktail inspired by The Great Gatsby and the French 75, a popular Prohibition-era drink. Say hello to the Cranberry 75! I’ve got two versions for you in case, like me, you don’t think much of gin. These aren’t the breezy, bubbly cocktails of summer, but rather a winterized version perfect for the close of the holiday season.
- dash cranberry simple syrup
- 1 oz gin or aquavit
- 2 oz sparkling wine, dry (or champagne, if you’re fancy)
- 1/2 oz orange juice, fresh squeezed
Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 oz fresh cranberries
- First make a cranberry simple syrup: Simmer water, sugar and fresh cranberries together over medium heat. Once cranberries are softened, let cool. Strain using a fine strainer or cheesecloth. And there’s your syrup!
- For the beverage, shake simple syrup, gin and the juice over ice.
- Strain into chilled champagne flute or other glass.
- Top with sparkling wine.
- Garnish with orange twist and/or fresh cranberry.
For a Scandinavian take, use aquavit in place of gin and pair with lime juice and lime garnish rather than orange.
Do let me know if you give one of these a try. Happy New Year! Cheers!