Champagne cocktails for your grad party

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The "Champagne Cosmopolitan" includes cranberry juice, lime juice and a dash of simple syrup.

Popping a bottle of champagne is a rite of passage for any new grad, and after a year like this, everyone deserves some bubbly. Treat yourself and your newly vaccinated grad party guests to one of these festive choices to celebrate the close of your college experience.

For a twist on a classic flute of champagne, try out one of these cocktails to toast with at your celebration this year. 

‘Mimosa Cocktail’ from the Spruce Eats

1/2 ounces orange liqueur (triple sec)

1 1/2  ounces fresh orange juice

3 1/2 ounces chilled champagne 

Orange slice for garnish

Pour orange liqueur into a champagne flute. Add the fresh orange juice and top with chilled champagne. Garnish with an orange slice.

‘Champagne Cosmopolitan’ from Inspired Taste 

1 1/2 ounce vodka 

1/2 ounce triple sec

1/2 ounce cranberry juice

1/2 ounce lime juice

Dash of simple syrup

Ice

2 ounces chilled champagne

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice and ice. Shake until cold and add simple syrup until sufficiently chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with cold champagne. 

‘Pomegranate Champagne Spritzer’ from Tasty

1/2 pomegranate 

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup of water

1 bottle of champagne

Cut the pomegranate in half and tap it with a spoon over a bowl to extract the seeds. Squeeze half a lemon over the seeds and pour half a cup of water into the bowl. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze the cubes for an hour. When it comes time for the toast, add a cube to your glass and pour champagne over top. 

‘Dole Whip Mimosas’ from Delish 

1/4 cup sugar

Pineapple wedges

1 cup pineapple juice

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 bottle champagne

1 generous scoop or squirt of whipped topping

Run the pineapple around the rim of the glass and dip the rim into the sugar. Set aside. In a separate glass, mix together the pineapple juice and coconut milk until completely combined. Pour into the champagne glasses and fill the remainder with champagne. Top with your choice of whipped topping and a fresh pineapple wedge. 

Moscow Mule Mimosa’ from Delish

1/2 cup sugar

1 lime 

4 ounces vodka

4 ounces ginger beer

4 ounces Prosecco

2 ounces orange juice

Run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and dip the rim into the sugar. Divide the vodka, ginger beer, prosecco and orange juice among the glasses, and garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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