Midnight Kiss Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Midnight Kiss cocktail is a popular choice for New Year's Eve celebrations, symbolizing a sweet start to the new year. It's a bubbly, festive cocktail that's perfect for toasting at the stroke of midnight. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, sparkling drink with a hint of citrus.

How Midnight Kiss Tastes?

The Midnight Kiss cocktail has a sweet, bubbly taste with a hint of citrus. The champagne gives it a light, effervescent quality, while the orange liqueur adds a subtle tanginess. The sugar rim adds a delightful sweetness to every sip.

Interesting facts about Midnight Kiss

  • The Midnight Kiss is traditionally served in a champagne flute, which helps to preserve the bubbles and enhance the presentation.
  • It's a popular choice for New Year's Eve celebrations.
  • The cocktail is named after the tradition of kissing at midnight on New Year's Eve.


  • Champagne: 5 oz(150ml)
  • Orange liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Sugar: for rim
  • Garnish: Orange Twist


Using 5oz of champagne creates a perfect balance of effervescence and allows the orange liqueur to shine without overwhelming it. Champagne adds sophistication and a celebratory touch. Too much would overpower the liqueur and too little would make the drink too strong in flavor. Prosecco could be an alternative, making it slightly sweeter and less refined.

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Orange Liqueur

1oz is just right – enough to notice the citrus undertone without turning the cocktail into a sweet punch. Orange liqueur brings complexity and depth. Skip it and you lose the 'kiss' of orange that makes this cocktail special. Cointreau or Grand Marnier can be used as upscale alternatives, adding a more nuanced flavor profile.

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A rim of sugar adds a hint of sweetness with each sip and complements the citrus notes, while also providing a festive look. No sugar rim means less texture contrast and miss out on some of the sweetness that balances the acidity. Colored sugar could be used for fun or to fit a special theme.

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Garnish: Orange Twist

An orange twist isn't just decoration; it adds a fresh aroma and a slight essence of orange oils to the drink. Without it, the drink would lack that fresh zesty finish. If you can't find an orange, a lemon twist could suffice, adding a slightly different citrus note.

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Recipe. How to make Midnight Kiss Drink

  1. Rim the champagne flute with sugar.
  2. Pour the orange liqueur into the flute.
  3. Top with champagne.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure the champagne is well chilled before serving.
  • Use superfine sugar for the rim for a more refined look.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese plates: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie, camembert, and chevre, will complement the cocktail's light citrus notes.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, particularly oysters or shrimp cocktail, enhance the luxurious feel of a champagne-based drink.


  • Citrus desserts: Lemon tarts or orange sorbets echo the orange liqueur's flavor in the cocktail.
  • Light cakes: A slice of angel food cake or a fluffy chiffon can be a delightful match for the effervescent and slightly sweet taste of the Midnight Kiss.

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What you could change in Midnight Kiss

  • Champagne can be substituted with any sparkling wine.
  • Orange Liqueur can be replaced with Grand Marnier or Cointreau.

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Berry Kiss

Ingredients: Champagne, Chambord, Sugar (for rim), Garnish: Raspberry Rim the flute with sugar, pour in 1oz of Chambord (raspberry liqueur), top with champagne, and garnish with a fresh raspberry. The taste will have berry notes with a slightly tart yet sweet profile, adding a fruity spin to the original.

New Year Sparkle

Ingredients: Prosecco, Elderflower Liqueur, Gold sugar (for rim), Garnish: Lemon Twist Edge the flute with gold sugar, add 1oz elderflower liqueur, top with Prosecco, and twist a lemon peel for garnish. The taste becomes more floral and the Prosecco makes it lighter and more aromatic than the champagne would.

Sunset Kiss

Ingredients: Champagne, Aperol, Sugar (for rim, optional), Garnish: Orange Wheel Rim the flute with sugar (optional), pour in 1oz Aperol, top with champagne, and garnish with an orange wheel. This cocktail will have a bittersweet taste and a beautiful sunset hue that's perfect for early evening enjoyment.

In case you forgot basics how to make Midnight Kiss

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Midnight Kiss

Why is it called a Midnight Kiss?

The cocktail represents the tradition of sharing a kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, hence the name Midnight Kiss.

What type of champagne is best for this cocktail?

A dry champagne or sparkling wine is usually preferred to balance the sweetness of the orange liqueur and sugar.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, substitute the champagne with sparkling water or soda, and use orange juice instead of the orange liqueur.

Can I prepare this cocktail in advance for a party?

This cocktail is best served fresh. However, you can prep the orange twists and sugar the rims of your flutes in advance.

How can I make my own orange liqueur?

Orange liqueur can be made at home by infusing neutral spirits with orange zest and adding a simple syrup. However, it's easier to buy a commercially made product.

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