Hosting a NYE bash this evening? This simple cocktail recipe is the unexpected twist your champagne toast never knew it needed. With only a couple of ingredients this drink looks and tastes way fancier than it actually is. And bonus, you can easily swap out ingredients to make a kid-friendly or DD mocktail version that's alcohol free! You'll want to get started on these ice cubes right away so that they're frozen for tonight. If you can't track down rose petals through the links below, substitute the petals for pomegranate seeds!
After you've spent the 30 seconds making the ice your freezer does all the work freeing you up to spend time getting ready for your guests. Once the ice is frozen the rest of the drink may come together in mere minutes but your guests will be talking about it all night!
Elderflower Liqueur such as St. Germaine (or Elderflower Cordial without alcohol)
Champagne (or Sparkling White Grape Juice without alcohol)
Fill an ice cube tray 3/4 full and sprinkle rose petals on top. Option to top off with more water to seal petals within the cube. Place in freezer and allow to fully freeze for several hours.
Prepare simple syrup ahead of time, or just before serving. To make the syrup, boil water (enough for 1/4 ounces for each glass). Remove from heat and add equal parts sugar, stir until fully dissolved. Not sure how much to make? A cup of simple syrup goes a long way and can be refrigerated for up to a week. When in doubt, a cup of boiling water to a cup of sugar is a great place to start and you'll likely have leftovers.
Portion one ice cube in each glass, add 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce Elderflower Liqueur, and top with a generous pour of bubbly!
Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!
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