Raspberry Champagne Floats are a classy and fun cocktail and dessert all in one! Perfect for New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, or any celebration! A delicious mix of raspberries, vodka, lime, sherbet and champagne that is sure to impress!
I have always loved root beer floats, so, naturally, a champagne float just sounds perfect to me! It's like a cocktail and dessert all in one glass. Not to mention, it's seriously so cute and fun. Champagne floats would be perfect for so many occasions... New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, baby girl shower, birthday party, engagement party, and the list could go on! You're guest will love the it.
Not only does this champagne float look impressive, it's also really tasty! I like to incorporate fresh raspberries into the drink by muddling some in the bottom of the glass and also garnishing with fresh raspberries. I also add a shot of vodka because why not 😉 and lime juice to help balance out the sweetness of the sherbet and champagne. So tasty!!
Ingredients & Substitutions.
Raspberries. I like to use fresh raspberries because they tend to have better flavor, but depending on the time of the year, good fresh raspberries can be difficult to find or pretty pricey, so frozen raspberries also work. I muddle raspberries into the drink, as well as garnish with them for a pretty, finished look. But, this cocktail is forgiving, and you could even skip the raspberries all together and it would still taste great.
Lime juice. I like to add a splash of lime juice to help balance out the sweetness of the sherbet and champagne. You can use freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice.
Vodka. Because I like a strong cocktail 😉 I just add a shot to crack up the alcohol content of the cocktail slightly, but this can be skipped.
Sherbet. I used raspberry sherbet, but you could really use any flavor. I think lime would be also be great mixed with the fresh raspberries.
Champagne. I used pink champagne, but regular champagne would work great as well. To keep the sweetness of the cocktail down, opt for a champagne that is more dry, such as a brut champagne.
Fresh mint. For a pop of color, I garnished the drinks with fresh mint. This is completely optional.
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Sparkling Raspberry Champagne Float
- ¼ cup (about a small handful) fresh or frozen raspberries, plus more for garnishing (optional)
- ½ ounce lime juice (about half a shot)
- 1 shot vodka
- 1-3 scoops raspberry sherbet (lime would also work)
- fresh mint for garnishing (optional)
- In a short glass, muddle together the raspberries, lime juice, and vodka.
- Add the sherbet and top with champagne.
- If desired, garnish with raspberries and mint. Cheers!