Planning a wedding involves endless choices- which color suits all the bridesmaids best, what is best to serve all the guests and most importantly which date is best for “I do.”?  Portland, Oregon brides and grooms who are seeking a glamorous wedding reception should consider taking the plunge on New Year’s Eve. Apart from never forgetting the anniversary, there are plenty of other benefits to getting married on the New Year in the Pacific Northwest. New Year’s weddings are glitzy and glamorous, and the wedding couple from the Pacific Northwest can have their first kiss surrounded by confetti and sparklers as wedding goers ring in the new year- it doesn’t get more romantic than that!

If a New Year’s wedding reception is in the works, it’s a great idea to make a glitzy signature champagne cocktail for guests to sip on throughout the evening. Champagne cocktails are the ideal wedding reception drink- light and bubbly and bound to get people dancing. Here are some great examples of champagne wedding reception cocktails that will help guests ring in the New Year with love:

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· The Mimosa

The Mimosa is a champagne cocktail classic- and while usually paired with airy champagne breakfasts, there is no reason why this refreshing champagne classic shouldn’t be included in the wedding receptions. A Mimosa typically consists of 50 % champagne and 50% of another fruit juice- the most common being orange juice. To give this classic the New Year wedding touch, substitute the orange juice for grapefruit or cranberry juice, and add some frozen raspberries or blueberries to the glass to keep the cocktail cool without watering it down. Cut a slice of fresh grapefruit for the rim of the glass, and the Mimosa has effortlessly gone from morning to evening.

Ingredients

Champagne of choice

Grapefruit juice/Cranberry juice

Fresh grapefruit

Frozen Raspberries/Blueberries

Instructions

To make the Mimosa, select your champagne glass and pour the champagne until the glass is half-full. Add grapefruit juice or cranberry juice depending on personal taste until the glass is full. Stir gently until mixed. Cut a slice of the grapefruit and hang it on the rim of the glass. Add a few frozen raspberries and blueberries and enjoy this modern twist on a classic champagne cocktail.

 

· The Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride is another glamorous champagne cocktail option which will add the perfect fizzy touch to a wedding reception. Sweet, bubbly and pink, this champagne cocktail is a winner at any reception and New Year’s event. To make a Blushing Bride follow the instructions below

Ingredients

2 oz. of chilled Passion fruit nectar

3 oz. of Champagne of choice

1 tsp. of grenadine

Handful of huckleberries/blueberries

Instructions

Pour the chilled passion fruit nectar into the champagne glass of choice, and gently add the teaspoon of grenadine and the champagne. It’s best not to stir but to let the mixture to blend naturally. Add the huckleberries or blueberries as garnish and enjoy.

 

· Champagne Lemonade Margaritas

For wedding couples seeking a tarter bubbly cocktail for their big day, these Champagne Lemonade Margaritas are the ideal wedding reception cocktail. The colour is golden and this cocktail is a great place to add on-theme decorations to. To make champagne lemonade margaritas, follow the instructions below.

Ingredients

1 oz. silver tequila

.5 oz. Triple Sec

3 oz. lemonade (pink or normal)

Champagne of choice

Ice

Lemon Wedge

Coarse salt

Instructions

Take an old-fashioned glass and run the lemon wedge along the rim of the glass. In a small plate, pour some coarse salt and then roll your glass rim in the salt. Using a cocktail shaker, add the ice, Triple Sec and lemonade as well as the tequila. Shake the mixture well before pouring it into the old-fashioned glass and adding more ice. Top with a splash of champagne and add decorations or colored straws cut down to the right size.

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· Lavender Lemonade Champagne Cocktail

Looking for a wedding reception cocktail with more floral tones? Then this lavender lemonade champagne cocktail is ideal, and will be a unique tasting hit to bring in the New Year. This cocktail is even better if Lavender is one of the chosen wedding flowers.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

¼ cup of lemon juice

2/4 cup water

1 tablespoon dried/fresh lavender

Champagne of choice

Fresh lemon

Instructions

This cocktail starts off by making a lavender flavored syrup. In a small pot, add the cup of sugar, lemon juice, water and dried or fresh lavender and allow to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Once sufficiently combined, leave the mixture to cool and then strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove all the remaining lavender pieces. To mix the cocktail, add 2 0z. of the lavender syrup to the glass and then pour champagne until the flute is full (around 6 oz.). To finish, garnish the glass with a lemon wheel and serve.

 

· Apple Pie in the Sky

Looking for a deliciously sweet wedding cocktail for the New Year wedding reception, and not too keen on citrus flavors? Try this apple pie in the sky cocktail instead- it’s great for warming all the cockles of the heart and lighter in taste.

Ingredients

2 oz. Champagne of choice

2 oz. fresh apple juice

¼ oz. honey

¼ oz. cinnamon schnapps

1 fresh apple

Sugar

Cinnamon

Ice

Instructions

This is an easy once. Select a cocktail glass or champagne flute and use a slice of fresh apple to wet the rim of the glass. Add sugar and cinnamon to the rim, the easiest is to pour the sugar and cinnamon onto a side plate and dip the glass into it. Use a cocktail shaker full of ice to combine all the liquids and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into the cinnamon-sugar rimmed glass and add ice to taste.

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· The Kinky Boots cocktail

The final wedding reception cocktail on the list, the Kinky Boots cocktail is sweet and sour and bound to impress guests with that countdown taste. A New Year and newlywed gold standard cocktail sure to get the after-party going.

Ingredients

1  oz. Ciroc

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

Cherries

Champagne of choice

Fresh Mint sprigs

Ice

Instructions

To make this cocktail, start by making the simple syrup using equal parts boiling water and sugar and mixing until the sugar is dissolved and let cool. Add cherries, vodka, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into glass filled with ice, add a splash of champagne and garnish with two mint sprigs.

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