We have our party hats (and tiaras) on and have been practicing counting backwards all day. We want this New Year's Eve to be spectacular. We want you to ring in the New Year with style – and nothing says “Hello New Decade!” like someone's tongue in your mouth at midnight. Smooth talk your way into the New Year (and someone's arms) with this list of champagne cocktails and pick up lines.
Before we begin, there is nothing cute about the bubbly if you can't open the bottle. Here's the quick tip on how to open a bottle of champagne, have someone else do it for you (but don't watch them, instead duck and cover). If you insist on doing it yourself, check out this “how to open champagne with a sword” instructional video from The Food Network with Ted Allen. Remember there's a always a “champ” in champagne. Happy New Year everybody!
1. The Classic Cocktail A sugar cube, some angostura bitters, champagne and cognac.
The Line: “Here's looking at you kid”
The best place to enjoy this decedent cocktail is looking over the city at Top of the Mark. 1 Nob Hill, S.F.
2. The Old Cuban mint leaves, rum, angostura bitters, simple syrup, champagne.
The Pick-Line: “I speakeasy, and carry a big stick. “
We love Rye, the best neighborhood bar, even if you don't live in the neighborhood. Stop in and see Jen Ackrill, we think she makes one of the best Old Cuban's in the city. Rye 688 Geary Street
3. St. Germain and Champagne
The Line: “There's a saint in this drink, but your eyes are sinfully beautiful.”
Sit by the fireplace lounge at the trendy MatrixFillmore. 3138 Fillmore Street, S.F.
4. The Black Velvet- Guinness and Champagne
The Line: “Do you have Irish in you? Want some?”
Truthfully, there were a lot more lines we could think of for this drink, and you should be creative and try them all at The Tipsy Pig later. 2231 Chestnut St, S.F.
5. Mimosa – OJ and champagne
The Line: “Orange you the person in my dreams.”
If you've never been this is your year to check out the “The Breakfast of Champions” party on New Year's Day at Kelly's Mission Rock. Party starts at 6 AM and rages all day, but breakfast is only served until noon. 817 Terry Francois Boulevard, S.F.