The time has come to bid adieu to 2015 — but before you start vowing to drink less and go to the gym more, take a moment to toast to all this year had to offer. No New Year's would be complete without bubbles, so we’re here to help you out with a list of the city’s best sparkling cocktails. Inspired by drinks from all over the globe, these effervescent aperitifs are adapted from cocktails at home and abroad to help you ring in 2016.Read More
12 Bubbly Beverages to Welcome 2016
These celebratory sparkling cocktails will help you ring in the new year.
1. 15 Romolo
15 Romolo brings Spanish flare to your New Year’s tipple. The "Penelope" combines sparkling rosé, Palo Cortado sherry, Jerez brandy, grenadine, lemon, and cacao for a treat that has more depth than your average champagne cocktail.
2. Barbarossa Lounge
Not all sparkling cocktails have to be light and fruity. Barbarossa takes a different route with the "Sutro's Way," a stronger sip with rye, lemon, grapefruit bitters, sage, and sparkling wine. The spicy rye is perfect for a cold New Year's Eve, and the peppery sage adds a kick that's diffused by citrus and sparkling wine.
Start the New Year out on a sweet note at Cockscomb, chef Chris Cosentino's San Francisco oyster and offal outpost. Clink glasses of "Boothby12," a fragrant mixture of pomegranate infused bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and sparkling wine.
At Gitane, a romantic Parisian watering hole and restaurant, get the "Bubbling Beauty," which combines Manzanilla sherry with lemon, agave, and cava, for a delightfully sparkling beverage.
Italophiles know that the best place to sip light, sparkling beverages is at Locanda, where happy hour means more than cheap drinks and fried snacks. The "Aperitivo" is a quintessential Italian pre-dinner drink, with Campari, orange, lemon, and prosecco, and is the perfect beverage to share with friends in celebration of the New Year.
Kick up your sparkling beverage this season with a zesty tequila cocktail courtesy of Maven. The "Sparkling Paloma," a delightful mix of tequila, bubbles, lime, and grapefruit, is a fun take on a classic Mexican cocktail.
7. Stookey's Club Moderne
San Francisco, CA 94108
Step back in time at Stookey’s Club Moderne with the "Old Cuban," made with El Dorado 5 Year Rum, lime, angostura bitters, mint, simple syrup, and sparkling wine. This lighthearted cocktail will transport you to Hemingway’s Cuba, where the music blared, the dancing never stopped, and the rum and champagne flowed freely.
8. The Holy Mountain
San Francisco, CA 94110
Celebrate the new year at Holy Mountain, the secret bar upstairs at Hawker Fare with dark lighting and neon accents. Sip the "Champagne Cocktail No. III," a sophisticated number with cognac, champagne, green chartreuse, and angostura bitters. The slightly bitter, slightly sweet cocktail goes down easy but packs a punch.
9. The Interval at Long Now
San Francisco, CA 94123
The Interval at Long Now offers a taste of history with a drink menu that includes some of the earliest cocktails ever made. The "White Star Imperial Daisy" is a modern drink with classic nomenclature created by David Wondrich in homage to the White Star Line of ships docked at New York’s Pier 54. The savory sweet cocktail is made with fizzy cava, lemon, brandy, and Kümmel, a sweet liqueur made with caraway, fennel, and cumin.
10. Third Rail
San Francisco, CA 94107
Take it easy this New Year with Third Rail’s "Sloe Ride," a tart mixture of Sloe gin (a festive red liqueur made with gin and sloe drupes, a small plum-like fruit), lemon, Cappelletti bitter, pineapple, and Prosecco. Sip it on the rocks for a less dainty version.
11. Tosca Cafe
No sparkling cocktail list would be complete without the inclusion of the classic "French 75," a refreshing drink that usually consists of gin, sugar, lemon, and Champagne. Try Tosca Cafe’s richer version using Armagnac in place of the gin. The full-flavored brandy lends a luxurious spin on a typically simple cocktail, with a crispness from lemon, sugar, and sparkling wine.
With the largest selection of gin in North America and an encyclopedic menu of inventive cocktails, Whitechapel has no shortage of festive drinks. There's the "Dutch Nemesis" or the "Norman Conquest" for sparkling wine cocktails, but for a communal celebration, opt for the punches made to share between four or more friends. Try the "Genever Julep Bowl," a fruity combination of Bols genever, sparkling rosé wine, maraschino, pineapple gum, raspberry syrup, orange, and lemon.