Rather than popping your standard bottle of bubbly on New Year’s, why not try a chic champagne cocktail instead? Our current favorite: The Coco, created by mixologist Johnny Swet of New York City’s newly opened The Skylark (pictured below). Swet’s inspiration for the cocktail harkens back to his childhood.
“My dad used to buy Chanel No. 5 perfume for my mom every Christmas. Making this drink is kind of like a perfume—you mix different floral and herbal notes to find perfect balance,” Swet explains. “I think it’s perfect for New Year’s Eve as it’s sexy and chic yet complex and not overly sweet. The strawberry pearls that bounce around in the champagne are a fun and festive added touch.”
¼ oz. Combier Peach liquor
¼ oz. Violet liquor
¼ oz. St Germain
¼ oz. Green Chartreuse
½ oz. Nolet’s Gin (it has to be Nolet’s because it’s such a floral gin)
Add ice and shake till chilled, strain into a champagne flute. Add a spoon of strawberry pearls (use small melon baller to dice pearls). Top with chilled champagne and stir.
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