Choose a Sparkling Blueberry Cocktail for New Year’s Eve

Try a sparkling blueberry cocktail to ring in the New Year.

 

It’s traditional to celebrate the New Year with a round of cocktails, especially sparkling wines like champagne, and prosecco. Improve your New Year’s Eve bash with a sparkling blueberry cocktail. Mix up a batch, invite your friends, and ring in the New Year in style. We’ve put together a few sip-worthy blueberry cocktail recipes for you to try.

 

Sparkling Blueberry Cocktail Recipes

 

Blueberry Bellini

If you enjoy sparkling wine, try this blueberry bellini. Bellinis are traditionally made with peaches, but these bellinis benefit from the tang of blueberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed
  • ½ cup simple syrup
  • Raw sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree blueberries and simple syrup until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
  2. Combine blueberry puree and Prosecco
  3. Serve in sugar-rimmed champagne flutes, if desired.

Number of servings (yield): 8 Cocktails

 

Maple Blueberry Sparkling Cocktail

This cocktail also utilizes sparkling wine and a hint of maple for a festive flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup grade A maple syrup
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
  • 1 750 ml bottle of champagne or sparkling wine, chilled (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine blueberries and maple syrup. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break up the blueberries as you stir.
  2. Remove from heat after 15 minutes and set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pour one ounce of the syrup mixture into the bottom of 6 champagne flutes.
  4. Add ½ ounce of lemon juice to each and top with 4 ounces of champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon peels.
  5. Alternatively, you can combine 6 ounces of the maple blueberry mixture and 3 ounces of lemon juice in a pitcher. When ready to serve, top with chilled champagne or sparkling wine, gently stir and let guests serve themselves!

Number of servings (yield): 6 Cocktails

 

Blueberry Fig Sparkler

This blueberry cocktail takes the sweetness of figs with the tartness of blueberries and combines them with sparkling wine.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup fig jam
  • ½ cup simple syrup or liquid sugar
  • 1 bottle Prosecco, chilled (or sparkling white grape juice)
  • Fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring blueberries, fig jam and simple syrup to a boil.
  2. Boil for about 5 minutes, mashing fruit with a fork.
  3. Remove from stove and strain through a sieve; cool slightly (or to room temperature).
  4. Combine strained mixture with Prosecco (or sparkling white grape juice).
  5. Transfer to champagne flutes and garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.

Number of servings (yield): 4 Cocktails or Mocktails

Recipes and photos courtesy of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

 

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