If ever there was a drinking holiday, it’s New Year’s Eve. Next to the great ball drop in New York City, the main event of the evening is raising a glass to past, present, and future with friends and family. Traditionally, that glass contains something bubbly, and of course, we’re willing to step aside and let bubbles have their moment. 

Then again, it’s about to be 2020. Isn’t it time we learned to coexist?

In honor of the new decade, we’ve put together three phenomenal cocktail recipes combining bourbon and bubbles that’ll send you into the new year with a skip in your step. 

The Southern Socialite 

Don’t let the name fool you—this one packs a punch.

Ryan Autry

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
  • .5 oz Aperol 
  • .5 oz Strawberry Rose Syrup 
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice 
  • 1 Dash Bittermen’s Burlesque Bitters 
  • Prosecco 
  • Mint Leaves

Combine ingredients into a mixing glass (minus prosecco) over ice and stir. Strain into a flute glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with mint leaves. 

Bourbon and Bubbles 

The perfect way to use up all of that sparkling apple cider your kids swore they would drink this year.

Nicolai McCrary

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
  • .5 oz Champagne Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Dash Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
  • Sparkling Apple Soda
  • Flower

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir. Strain into an iced rocks glass and garnish with a flower of choice.

American 75

Ideal for those that don’t love sparkling wine, but still want to be on-theme.

Robert Cordes

INGEDIENTS 

  • 1.5 oz Garrison Brothers 
  • .25 oz Lemon Juice 
  • 2 Drops Champagne Acid 
  • Sparkling Water 
  • Luxardo Cherry 
  • Lemon Twist

Combine ingredients into a mixing glass (minus sparkling water) over ice and stir. Strain into a flute glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry and lemon twist.


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