Champagne cocktails seem like a right of passage into a new year. A bubbly way to say goodbye to the old year and kick the front door of the new in with vengeance — maybe an elegant kick in the door but you’re kicking it down none the less. Yesterday, I was trying to figure out what to pour for our NYE bash and it dawned on me that I have jars full of amaretto soaked cherries that I have leftover from making Christmas gifts and knew instantly that these gems had to be a part of the equation. So, I did a little digging to see if I could find a festive drink that paired with my delicious amaretto cherries and, by my surprise, found a recipe for an Amaretto Champagne Fizz from Cooking Light Magazine.
After a quick test, it was no doubt delicious and was exactly the right balance of lightly sweet, tart, and aromatic — perfect for New Year’s Eve.
The recipe served 8 but there’s a huge downfall to this, most cocktail shakers can’t hold that much liquid, especially not to create a proper egg foam. So, my suggestion would be to make enough for 4 servings at a time, which my recipe below will do. I’ve also tweaked the directions so we could make the ultimate egg foam. As any good bartender or baker will tell you, beating egg whites cold just results in a deflated foam. And for those of us who don’t normally keep amaretto soaked cherries on hand, I’ll throw in a quick hack recipe that’s just as good.
I hope everyone has a wonderful night and an amazing new year! Cheers!
Stunning and the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and effervescent, this Amaretto Champagne Fizz is the ultimate way to celebrate NYE and practically everything.
for the amaretto cherries
- 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
- 1 cup amaretto
for the amaretto champagne cocktail
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup egg whites*
- About 1 cup chilled brut champagne or brut prosecco
- Place cherries in a sealable glass jar and pour amaretto over cherries. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 48 hours or up to 2 weeks.
- Strain cherries, reserving both the cherries and amaretto.
- Pour 1/2 cup amaretto (you can use the other half for more cocktails or to continue to store cherries in for another use), lemon juice, and egg whites into a cocktail shaker and seal. Vigorously shake for 30 seconds to create the foam, add as much ice as possible and continue to shake for another 15 seconds until chilled. Strain equally into 4 champagne coupes and top off with champagne or prosecco.
- Garnish with amaretto cherries. Serve immediately.
by Meredith Steele
- *If you have any food safety concerns about consuming egg whites, please use pasteurized egg whites from pasteurized eggs that can be easily found at major grocery stores.
- Time-Saver Amaretto Champagne Fizz Recipe for when you don't have amaretto soaked cherries on hand
- Replace the cherry infused amaretto with 1/2 cup amaretto and 1 tablespoon Luxardo Maraschino Cherry liquid. Follow recipe and garnish with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. (Luxardo Cherries are Italian cocktail cherries preserved in fruit syrup and cheery liqueur and can be found at liquor stores and specialty grocery stores).