Man Up: Use Your Leftover Champagne

It’s New Year’s Day. Your countertop is strewn with half-empty bottles of bubbly. Pouring it down the sink is no way to kick off the New Year. Here are a few tips for how to polish off the sparkling wine in style.

Make New Year’s Day Mimosas

You don’t have to get too fancy here. After all, the champagne is flat. But you know what will solve that? A splash of a carbonated orange soda in addition to the usual champagne and orange juice. Go all out with fresh squeezed orange juice and San Pelegrino Aranciata, or stay on budget with Sunny D and Fanta.

Make Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This is the ultimate lazy man’s solution to leftover champagne: Just let it sit out for a while longer. Pour the leftover champagne into a wide-mouthed jar and in a few weeks—boom—it’s vinegar. Add a little Dijon mustard and olive oil and you’ve got yourself a delicious salad dressing. You resolved to eat more salad this year, right? Can’t beat a classic recipe like this one from Martha Stewart recipe.

Recreate a Locker Room Championship Scene

Once everyone has emerged from slumber and made a recovery from the previous evening (hopefully aided by some multivitamins), we suggest organizing a friendly game flag football or Wiffleball. The winning team earns the privilege of spraying leftover bubbly all over themselves in celebration.

Cook Up Some Seafood

Half empty bottles of stale Brut and fresh seafood are basically best friends. If you’re feeling ambitious, use the leftover sparkling wine to whip up something special for dinner. Fix up a big pot of champagne mussels. Go big with scallops in champagne sauce or some champagne-poached salmon.

Repurpose it for Skincare

According to some, champagne can make a serviceable toner. Grab small cotton pad, and give your mug a quick wipe down for a refreshed complexion.

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