Cocktail Contessa’s Raspberry Bourbon Bubbles for New Years Eve

Image credit Heather Wibbles, Cocktail Contessa

With 2023 right around the corner, chances are you’re searching for the perfect cocktail to ring in the New Year. Heather Wibbles, Cocktail Contessa, showcases bourbon and champagne in this toast-worthy sipper.

Heather notes, “One of the easiest and fanciest cheats for dressing up a bourbon cocktail is topping it with champagne or sparkling wines and this Raspberry Bourbon Bubbles recipe for New Year’s Eve fits the bill. The easiest way to do this for two is to make your favorite old fashioned cocktail, pour a half serving in each flute, and top with champagne. The champagne dries out the cocktail, adds some effervescence, and opens up fruity flavors in the whiskey.

This is also very easy to create for a party or tasting. Simply make a batch of your old fashioneds or Manhattans and portion out 1 ¾ oz – 2 oz to each flute before topping with champagne.”


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz raspberry syrup*
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Top with prosecco, Champagne or your favorite bubbles champagne or your favorite bubbles
  • Garnish: fresh or dried raspberries or a simple cocktail cherry in the bottom of the flute


  • In a mixing glass, add bourbon, syrup, bitters and fill with ice.
  • Stir until well-chilled, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into two Champagne flutes, top with bubbles and garnish with raspberry or a nice cocktail cherry.

*Raspberry Syrup:

Add 1 pint of fresh raspberries to a ziploc bag with 1 cup of sugar and about ¼ cup of water. Muddle, then place in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Read Heather’s full tips and tricks here. And, Happy New Year!