We can hardly believe it, but the end of the year is finally upon us, which means it’s time to celebrate the start of the next one! So, of course, as you plan your New Year’s party, one of the most important things to consider is the champagne. After all, it’s the New Year’s tradition that everyone cares about most — even more than black eyed peas, sparkly clothing and “Auld Lang Syne”. With its bubbles and the satisfying sound when it’s uncorked, what’s not to love? To quote Coco Chanel “I only drink champagne on two occasions: when I am in love and when I am not.”
Having the right glasses and flutes to properly toast to the new year is an essential part of the evening. And having customized glasses that show off your brand is a perfect way to gain maximum visibility for your business or organization. Not only do flutes make your drink look tastier and more refreshing, they’re also the way sparkling wine has been served for generations! Classic flutes were designed alongside other wine glasses as early as the 1700s, and have always been used for carbonated boozy beverages, including some beers. However, not all champagne glasses are the same.
Different Shapes for Different Champagnes
Believe it or not, the varying styles and shapes of champagne flutes weren’t created for aesthetic alone. Each style is created to highlight certain elements in your drink. The two most common glass styles are the classic flute and the coupe glass
The long, slender shape of a champagne flute was created to better preserve the bubbles in your bubbly, making it stay carbonated for longer. It’s ideal for dry sparkling wines, like a nice Brut, which is actually the style of most of the champagne we drink! Roughly 95% of champagne from France is classified as Brut.
An extremely popular style in the 1950s, these vintage glasses are shorter with a wider rim, which doesn’t preserve the bubbles, but instead allows them to disperse quickly. They’re perfect for sweeter, fruitier champagnes. And their structure makes it easier to quickly pour lots of glasses, which is great for parties.
Two other glass styles are the Tulip and Trumpet style, which are both variations of the Flute. And even though they have differences for a reason, they have one thing in common: They look sophisticated and celebratory. No matter which one you use, you know that a glass of champagne is sure to be in every guest’s hands at your New Year’s Eve party this year. So, custom champagne flutes are the perfect way to get your logo into their hands too. They work for every celebration, including bars, restaurants and sponsored events. It’s a sure-fire way to keep your brand on display all evening long.
Champagne Cocktail Recipes
Why just stop at champagne itself? It’s great for the toast at the end of the evening, but there’s no reason to settle when there are so many delicious ways to turn this classic drink into something that will wow all of your holiday party guests. With nothing but a cocktail shaker, some simple ingredients, and a custom printed champagne glass, you can turn your bubbly into something unique. Here are three easy and tasty recipes for champagne cocktails from Food and Wine that can take your party to the next level.
The version of the French 75 that we know today was first published in a cocktail recipe book for a London hotel in 1930, but was popularized in New York. This recipe uses cognac, but many use gin in its place.
1.5 oz. cognac
0.5 oz. simple syrup
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
Pour lemon juice, simple syrup and cognac into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass. Top with sparkling wine and serve.
Created in America during the prohibition, these cocktails have been popular favorites at parties for decades! Plus, they’re simple to make.
2 oz. gin
0.75 oz. simple syrup
0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
Sprig of mint
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well then strain into glass. Top with champagne and add the mint for garnish.
If you’re looking for a more recent recipe that’s also pleasing in color, the Hat Trick is perfect. It was invented in 2008 when testing out a new kind of rhubarb bitters.
1.5 oz. sherry
1 oz. Aperol
2 dashes of rhubarb (or orange) bitters
1.5 oz. chilled Prosecco
Add sherry, Aperol and bitters to an iced filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute. Top with prosecco, garnish with lemon twist, and serve.
Whether you’re serving some of these sophisticated cocktails or pouring classic glasses of champagne for the perfect countdown and midnight toast, our custom champagne flutes are a perfect addition to your New Year’s bash. We have plastic disposable options that make clean up easy. And who wants to have a big cleanup job on the first day of the year? We also offer reusable flutes that you can continue to serve for years to come. Shop our disposable barware or wine glasses and stemware on our website to find the perfect options for your brand!
We want to know…
Do you have a favorite champagne cocktail to ring in the new year? Leave your bubbly recipes in the comments below!