What to Do With Leftover New Year's Eve Champagne

A jelly recipe using the bubbly you have leftover

How to make prosecco preserves (and use that leftover champagne).

We know, you don't often hear the words "leftover" and "champagne" together. After all, why wouldn't you drink all the bubbly you have to ring in the New Year? But occassionally, you'll find yourself with an opened, half-drank bottle of champagne or prosecco on New Year's Day that you're not sure what to do with.

Fortunately, Portland, Ore. Chef John Eisenhart, of Pazzo Ristorante, developed an easy "prosecco preserves" recipe that will make your New Year's Day brunch that much more enjoyable. While Eisenhart uses a CO2 canister to make his preserves bubbly (which most home chefs may not have on hand), he says you don't need to panick if you don't have one. "The good thing about this recipe is most of the ingredients are things most people already have in their kitchen," he says.

So if you're finding yourself with leftover prosecco or champagne on New Year's Day, whip up a jelly that goes great with grain bread and northern Italian cheeses, like gorgonzola, fontina, parmesan, or ubriaco. Click here for the recipe for Prosecco Preserves.

Champagne Cocktails to Upgrade Your New Year's

Toasting to 2021 with a classic glass of bubbly is definitely in order—whether you drink it straight up or in one of these swanky champagne cocktails.

Bubbly may go by many names𠅌hampagne, prosecco, cava, sparkling wine𠅋ut it’s always the perfect drink to ring in the new year. And this year, when it’s not a stretch to say that most people are ready to say good riddance to 2020, is the perfect time to kick it up a notch with a really great bottle of sparkling wine—or a fizzy (and fabulous!) champagne cocktail to toast to the new year. 

Remember, you don’t need a really expensive bottle of champagne if you’re mixing it into a champagne punch, bellini, or other fun drink—the flavor of the sparkling wine will likely be tempered by juice, liqueurs, and other ingredients you add to your champagne cocktail.

And while New Year’s Eve may be the big champagne holiday of the year, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying one of these cocktails any time you’re feeling festive𠅌hampagne cocktails make a great addition to Christmas or Hanukkah, or you can start off New Year’s Day brunch with a nice bellini or mimosa.

I visited my local wine shop ahead of New Year's Eve to pick out a nice Champagne

If you're going to use Champagne, which is sparkling wine that comes specifically from the eponymous French wine region, or any other type of sparkling wine in your meals, chef Palak Patel noted it's important to pick a brand you enjoy.

"If you like the flavor of the bottle when you're drinking it, once you cook with it and it evaporates, the flavor just gets a little intense," Patel, winner of "Chopped" and "Beat Bobby Flay," told Insider.

"If you didn't like drinking it, don't cook with it, because the flavor is more pronounced once it reduces on," she said.

With that in mind, I searched the wine shop aisles for a Brut Champagne devoid of sweetness.

While I'm not normally picky when it comes to alcoholic beverages, I prefer my Champagne to be dry. Plus, I worried that a sparkling wine bogged down in sugar, like rosé, would add an unwanted tang to the recipe.

I decided on Magic Door's la Cle de La Femme Champagne, which cost $31 at my store, and we drank some of it on New Year's Eve.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup Champagne

Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and butter together in a bowl. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Whisk flour mixture into buttermilk mixture until smooth. Set batter aside until bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour champagne into batter stir gently.

Grease a non-stick skillet lightly and heat over medium-high heat. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto the skillet cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.

Leftover Champagne Recipes!

Have leftover Champagne from New Year’s Eve? We’ve got you covered! We’re sharing some great recipes you can make with your leftover Champagne for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!


Great for a New Year’s Day brunch, these pancakes are fluffy and have a sweet fruity taste. Of course, pair with a glass of Champagne!

Champagne Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette pairs perfectly with a salad or some veggies. It’s light but has a slight kick to it!

Skinny Champagne Alfredo

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative, this skinny Alfredo is great! It’s made with greek yogurt, so it’s creamy, light, and delicious!

Easy Baked Champagne Risotto

Have to do a lot of New Year cleaning and don’t want to watch over the stove? This baked Risotto recipe is perfect!

Chicken With Champagne Cream Sauce

Add a champagne sauce to any meal and it’s elevated! This champagne cream sauce pairs perfectly with chicken, it’s so creamy and flavorful!

Strawberries & Champagne Donuts

Did you garnish your Champagne with Strawberries and have leftovers? Turn them into donuts, they’ll be a crowd pleaser!

Champagne Pound Cake

This pound cake is a velvety, tender, boozy bundt cake topped with homemade champagne icing!

Making any of these recipes, or others? Share them with us on Instagram @limorloves!

What Can I Do With Leftover Champagne?

Q: So New Years’s Eve has come and gone. What do I do with this leftover Champagne? Can I cook with like I would white wine?

I’m looking for some interesting uses.

Editor: AZ, honestly, we really aren’t going to recommend anything novel here. Drink it up! If you have good Champagne that isn’t open yet, set it aside to drink with a weeknight meal, as recommended in this great article at Slate:

If you have Champagne that is open already, the same injunction applies. Drink it up — maybe with a delicious syrup mixed in?

Readers, any more unusual ideas for Champagne? We just like it so much that we prefer it in its normal usage.

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.

A Champagne-based hollandaise sauce for eggs Benedict could cure a holiday hangover.

"The first thing that came to my head would be using Champagne in a hollandaise for eggs Benedict the next morning — a little hangover thing because it would still give off that nice acidity, a little bit of freshness," chef Justin Champagne-Lagarde, of Bar Lupulus, said.

Champagne-Lagarde, who serves as Chef de Cuisine at the Ottawa-based gastropub, told Insider that one simple ingredient switch is all it takes.

"A lot of restaurants will use a hollandaise reduction, which is steeped in vinegar, and you use that as kind of your base. It gives the acidity and some flavor notes," he said.

"I would probably just simply take that right out and just put Champagne instead. So you're kind of emulsifying into that with the egg yolks and everything and the butter," he added, noting that the Champagne will help "jazz it up."

Champagne-Lagarde suggested adding a shellfish or meat once the eggs Benedict is stacked to perfection.

"I would do crab, add the meat on the English muffin with the poached egg and the hollandaise on top with tarragon and dill. If you want to be real bougie about it, little caviar," he said.

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What Type of Champagne Can I Use?

You are NOT limited to only using bottles that hail from the Champagne region of France. It doesn't even have to come from France at all! You can use any dry sparkling white wine. Look for the word brut or dry. Do not use sweet white wines, like Moscato or Reisling. They will be way too sweet for the eventual vinaigrette.

Make sure you actually like the taste of the sparkling wine you use, as the flavor will shine through in the vinaigrette. I used this tasty Saint-Hilaire sparkling white I reviewed for the Free Times!

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