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This Ginger Champagne Cocktail is a fun and festive drink for your Christmas party or New Year’s Eve celebration! The simple and quick seasonal beverage is perfect for a cookie exchange, a happy hour with the girls, or any other holiday gathering!

Two champagne flutes full of Ginger Champagne Cocktail

‘Tis the season, right?! With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start planning those Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations! And what’s a holiday party without an easy Champagne cocktail?

Close overhead image of Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail Ingredients:

For this festive beverage, you will only need 4 ingredients: fresh ginger, sugar, water, and Champagne (or other sparkling wine such as Prosecco). I’ve also added a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, but that’s an optional touch!

Champagne Cocktail Ingredients

How to Make a Champagne Cocktail:

Let’s start with the ginger simple syrup, which flavors your classic Champagne cocktail with a warm, spiced seasonal touch! The simple syrup can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, so it’s a great way to simplify your hostess duties.

Ginger simple syrup for champagne cocktail

To begin, you’ll need to peel and grate some fresh ginger root.

How to Peel Ginger:

Hold a ginger root firmly in one hand, and use a standard vegetable peeler or the bowl of a metal spoon to scrape the peel off of the ginger. This is an easy way to take off the peel without slicing your hand!

How to peel ginger root

Then use a grater to shred 2 teaspoons of the ginger.

Grated fresh ginger for champagne cocktail

How to Make a Simple Syrup for a Champagne Cocktail:

To prepare the simple syrup, boil ginger, sugar, water and a pinch of both cinnamon and nutmeg in a small saucepan until syrupy (about 2-3 minutes).

Simple syrup in saucepan for ginger champagne cocktail

Pour the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, and discard the solids.

Straining syrup through sieve

Transfer the ginger syrup to a glass jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or until ready to prepare your Champagne cocktails for the cocktail party!

How to Mix a Champagne Cocktail:

When it’s party time, all you have to do is mix the Ginger Champagne Cocktails! To do so, pour about 1 tablespoon of ginger simple syrup in a glass or Champagne flute.

Pouring simple syrup in glass for champagne cocktail

Top with about 5 ounces of Champagne and stir to combine. Cheers!

Pouring champagne in glass

Hosting a cocktail party never looked so easy!

How much Champagne for a cocktail party?

This recipe yields about 1/3 cup of simple syrup, or enough for 5 drinks. A 750-mL bottle of Champagne fills 5 regular Champagne glasses.

Some guests will have a couple glasses and some will have none at all, so a good rule of thumb is to assume that (on average) you will need one glass of Champagne per guest.

Champagne Cocktail in flutes with holiday decorations

Here’s a quick chart that should help with your calculations:

  • 10 guests: 2 bottles of Champagne (and 2 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 20 guests: 4 bottles of Champagne (and 4 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 25 guests: 5 bottles of Champagne (and 5 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 30 guests: 6 bottles of Champagne (and 6 recipes of ginger simple syrup)

As you can see, if you’re hosting a cocktail party, you will need to double, triple (or more) your simple syrup in proportion with the number of bottles of Champagne that you are using. One recipe of the simple syrup is enough for 1 bottle of Champagne.

Overhead image of champagne cocktail with bubbles

Set aside that bottle of beer or that standard glass of red wine…it’s time to celebrate with something light, bubbly, and FUN!

What to serve with Champagne Cocktails:

These easy holiday party appetizers pair perfectly with a Ginger Champagne Cocktail:

Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 151 kcal
This Ginger Champagne Cocktail is a fun and festive drink for your Christmas party or New Year's Eve celebration!

Ingredients
  

For the Ginger Simple Syrup:

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch ground nutmeg (optional)

For the Cocktails:

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) Champagne or other sparkling wine like Prosecco chilled

Instructions

Prepare the Ginger Simple Syrup:

  • Place a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, boil ginger, sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg until syrupy (about 2-3 minutes), whisking regularly. Pour the syrup through the sieve and discard the solids.
  • Refrigerate the syrup in an airtight bottle or jar for up to 1 week.

To Prepare the Cocktails:

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of Ginger Simple Syrup in a glass and top with about 5 ounces of Champagne. Stir and serve immediately.

Notes

How much Champagne for a cocktail party?
This recipe yields about 1/3 cup of simple syrup, or enough for 5 drinks. A 750-mL bottle of Champagne fills 5 regular Champagne glasses.
Some guests will have a couple glasses and some will have none at all, so a good rule of thumb is to assume that (on average) you will need one glass of Champagne per guest.
Here's a quick chart that should help with your calculations:
  • 10 guests: 2 bottles of Champagne (and 2 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 20 guests: 4 bottles of Champagne (and 4 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 25 guests: 5 bottles of Champagne (and 5 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
  • 30 guests: 6 bottles of Champagne (and 6 recipes of ginger simple syrup)
As you can see, if you're hosting a cocktail party, you will need to double, triple (or more) your simple syrup in proportion with the number of bottles of Champagne that you are using. One recipe of the simple syrup is enough for 1 bottle of Champagne.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 21gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 132mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword: champagne cocktail, champagne cocktails, drinks for holiday party
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in December, 2015. It was updated in December, 2018.

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  1. This drink is absolutely gorgeous, Blair! I love that it takes just two ingredients to make a light and refreshing cocktail for the holidays. So fun and festive! Can’t wait to try this out!

    1. Thanks, Gayle! I hope that you have a chance to treat yourself to some holiday downtime and enjoy a cocktail or two! 🙂