It is not long until one of the biggest nights of the year arrives during which alcohol plays a big role.
We all know the drill and we all know what is considered to be the classic drink for New Year’s Eve: Champagne. What other wines and drinks are the perfect combinations to help us say goodbye to 2020 and hello 2021. In this article, we will tell you which are the best New Year’s Eve wine and drinks to pick to make your celebration a night you will not forget.
As we were saying Champagne is the usual drink of choice for New Year’s Eve celebrations. But why is that?
Popping the corks of a Champagne bottle and celebrating the new year with a sparkling glass of Champagne has been a tradition across the world for decades. The drink was invented in France back in the 16th century and the aristocracy of the time used to pop bottles of champagne during their regal parties. Later, winemakers developed a way to bottle carbonated wine by also adding safety features like a thicker glass bottle and a rope snare that would keep the cork in place to avoid explosions. If before it was an expensive beverage, in the 1800s its price declined, and producers started to market the beverage to common people too. Nevertheless, even if the price was lower It was not a drink that common people could afford on a daily basis but they were able to afford it on special occasions like ship christenings and New Year celebrations. That is how Champagne became one of the symbols of New Year’s celebrations.
Another possible New Year’s Eve wine is Prosecco. Prosecco is a light and fruity sparkling wine that is becoming part of the NYE tradition alongside the Champagne. The classic prosecco is a fully sparkling but you can also find another softer variety, and less bubbly called “frizzante”. This wine hail from Veneto a region in Italy where it is made family-run estates that grow and select the best grapes. Nevertheless, the bottle of Prosecco that you find on the shelves may not be the one coming from Italy, so if you are looking for one of those we suggest that you keep your eyes open to two notes that can be found on the labels: Asolo or Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. These two notes, as a matter of fact, refer to the D.O.C.G (label guaranteeing the quality and origin of a wine) regions zones where wine is made following higher standards of production and quality control.
If you are celebrating NYE here in Australia in the warm weather, something more summery, refreshing and fruity may be the better choice for you. The Verwood Estate Wine Sparkling Shiraz Rosé 2019 and the Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2019 have a taste that quickly melts away after swallowing, leaving your mouth tingling with the body while still fresh and clean and would be the perfect New Year’s Eve wine to make your celebrations magical and sparkling. The Sparkling Shiraz Rosé has a beautiful strawberry colour with cherries and red berry aromas and flavours and a crisp, smooth fruity finish. The Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir is toasty with stone fruit, custard apple and hints of berries from the Pinot Noir and it leaves a beautiful lingering flavour on the palate.
In the event that you are planning on having a proper generous NYE dinner with plenty of flavours and meat, we can suggest you to have a good quality Bordeaux preferably a right bank type. Bordeaux is a type of red wine that is usually medium or full-bodied, with black currants and plums aromas. It has very fruity notes at the beginning that lead into a more savoury mouth-drying tannin. Another option could be the Verwood Estate Wine Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is smooth and full of flavour and aromas, you will find bold black fruits and toasty notes such as blackcurrant, red plum, eucalyptus that pairs really well with any red meat dish. Meanwhile, if you are planning on a lighter dinner with a lot of appetizers a white wine would be a better option. A dry Riesling that has the right balance between its acidity and its sweetness will definitely win your friends over. This type of wine usually has citrus, green apple and peach flavours and refreshing crispy acidity.
Now let us talk about cocktails. Which are the best NYE drinks?
If your wine for New Year’s Eve choice is Champagne a “Cranberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail” will give you all the holiday fruity flavours that you need. This cocktail is pretty easy, you just need pomegranate seeds to place at the bottom of a glass then around 100 ml of champagne and a tablespoon of cranberry juice.
Meanwhile, if you are opting for Prosecco as a wine choice, we suggest this bubbly drink, the Grapefruit Prosecco Cocktail. For this drink, you will need around 40ml of grapefruit vodka, 40ml of freshly squeezed grapefruit and around 100ml of your Prosecco of choice. If you are having an NYE party we suggest you to save time in the cocktail preparation to opt for a “Sparkling Pear-Prosecco Punch”. For this punch, you will need 2cups of pear nectar, 1 cup of cranberry juice, 3 cups of Prosecco and some pear slices to garnish.
The “Penrose Pash” is another perfect cocktail for NYE. It involves 30ml of cream violet, 30ml of lemon juice, 30ml of gin, Verwood Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, and some lemon twist to garnish. You just need to shake all the ingredients on ice and strain the result into a glass and then top it with the Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir and the lemon twist. The Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir is also the perfect choice to make an “Australian Spritz”. For this cocktail, you will need 60ml of Aperol, 90ml of blackcurrant juice, 90ml of Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, 15ml of lemon juice and blackcurrant cream. To make it just mix all the ingredients together in a glass and top it with a dash of blackcurrant cream.
If you would like a summery drink the “Sparkling Peach” is definitely your drink. You will need 2 peaches, ½ a lemon, 15ml of gin and 125ml of Verwood Sparkling Shiraz Rosé. You start by peeling and pitting the peaches, then you mash them with the lemon juice. After doing that you pour the puree into a glass with the gin and you top it up with the Sparkling Shiraz Rosé while stirring gently. Another cocktail with this wine is the “French Kir Royal”. You will need 20ml of Chambord, lemon zest and Sparkling Shiraz Rosé.
If you feel like giving a fruity twist to one of the classic cocktails you should try the “Sparkling Fruit Mimosa”. For this cocktail, you will need 70ml of vodka, 40ml of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of hot sauce, 30ml of raspberry syrup, 350ml of beer and some raspberry to garnish. Inside a martini shaker add the vodka, the lemon juice, the hot sauce and the syrup together with ice. After you are done shaking, strain the content in a glass and then start slowly adding beer. Finish the cocktail by adding some raspberry as a garnish.