Welcome the new year with a drink that has floral and citrus notes and of course…bubbles! Easy to make for a group or a quiet celebration, this sparkly orange and St-Germain cocktail is a party in a glass.
And the party continues! This past weekend was full of Christmas (and Hanukkah) cheer…the table piled with food, cocktails flowing, fire ablaze, and presents stacked under the tree. Christmas Eve has always been my favorite day of the year, a day full of anticipation and celebration. Poor Christmas day always comes up a little short in comparison.
It’s a little like watching your favorite show when there’s that will they, won’t they between the two lead characters. Sam and Diane, Ross and Rachel, Jim and Pam, Nick and Jess. You know…you can’t wait for them to get together and then they do, and eh. Not that Christmas presents are eh. But there is that moment when I’m gathering up all the crumpled wrapping paper that took hours to fold just so, and I feel a tiny bit deflated.
I rebound quickly though, snuggled up with all my boys on the sofa. Pajamas, messy hair, cozy slippers all day long. I didn’t even roast the chicken I planned to make for dinner this year. We just snacked on Christmas Eve leftovers including a mishmash of crab dip, mini meatballs, and cookies for lunch.
And just like that we’re on to the next holiday and I can hardly wait. We’ll ring in the new year with friends at our house…kids in one room and grown-ups in another. We’ll have a repeat of that pile of food and flowing drinks. And similar to how I shop for Christmas, I won’t need to step foot into a store to buy cocktail fixings. (Did I mention that I prefer to do all of my shopping from the sofa instead of an actual store?)
I’ll be mixing up a cocktail for our celebration this year that is citrusy, sparkly, fresh, and a teensy bit flowery. To me, this sparkling orange and St-Germain cocktail is just how I want to ring in the new year. The orange symbolizes a new beginning, the elderflower highlights the joy and sweetness, and the bubbles bring the party. Cheers!
Welcome the new year with a drink that has floral and citrus notes and of course...bubbles! Easy to make for a group or a quiet celebration, this sparkly orange and St-Germain cocktail is a party in a glass.
- 1/2 oz vodka
- 1 oz St-Germain liqueur (elderflower liqueur)
- 1 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
- 3 oz champagne or sparkling wine
- *orange peel for garnish
Combine vodka, St-Germain, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into a champagne glass and top with champagne.
Garnish with orange peel.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in December 2016 but was republished and edited in December 2018.