New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktail Recipe: Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

champagne cocktail recipe

After a week filled with family, celebrations, and delicious dish after delicious dish, Aaron and I landed back in LA late last night.  Can we all just agree that there is no sleep like that which occurs in your own bed?  It felt really good to wake up this morning tucked into my own sheets with my head on my favorite pillow.


Since New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, I thought we should squeeze in one last champagne cocktail recipe before we bid this year adieu! This ombre-colored bubbly cocktail (and the super chic champagne flute) is just as delicious as it is easy on the eyes. Keep reading for the recipe below… and before to drop us a note in the comments. We would love to know what is your favorite champagne cocktail recipe!


We first used this acrylic tray for our fall sangria post and it has continued to come in handy ever since.  A little bit of gold star confetti and voila: a total NYE appropriate serving tray.  I had these luxe leather coasters sitting out during our team holiday party and so many people commented on how great they were.  They’re classic and chic and add another layer of texture to a table.

The prettiest cocktail, right?! I’m not just biased? Keep reading for this champagne cocktail recipe below…

Cocktail Hour / Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

  • Author: Jen Pinkston


Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

(Makes 4 Cocktails)

New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktail



  • 1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish
  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • 1 c. ice
  •  gold baking sugar for the rim
  • champagne glasses


In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color.

Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.

Prepare your champagne glasses.
Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.
Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup.
Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!

champagne cocktail recipe

Photography by Melissa Valladares

Dress by Ingrid and Isabel

Leather Coasters, Cocktail Shaker, and Acrylic Tray by Mark and Graham

  1. Great cocktail recipe and look at that baby bump…Beautiful Jen!

  2. Love this! All of it. Need to try the recipe. 🙂

    • Jen Pinkston


      If only I could try it with you! Hope you guys have a great NYE! Let’s set a lunch date soon!

  3. Looks delicious! 🙂 Happy new year!


  4. what a gorgeous cocktail!
    ladies in navy

    • Jen Pinkston


      Thanks, Kelsey! It is certainly easy on the eyes 😉

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  6. This cocktail looks stunning! Rustic and elegant at the same time. Have a wonderful 2014!

  7. These cocktails are unbelievably stunning! (And I love the cute little gold star glitter!)

  8. These are absolutely gorgeous my friend! Cheers to 2014!

  9. I’m not sure there could be a prettier cocktail than this one you’ve made here. The ombré effect is perfect! Gorgeous presentation. 🙂

  10. Amanda


    Love these champagne glasses! Where did you get them from?

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  14. Blackberry & thyme are two of my favorite flavor combinations; blackberries, thyme, goat cheese, and arugula is my go-to flatbread recipe!
    But blackberries, thyme, and champagne!? YES.

  15. love the rim with the sugar it almost looks like gold sparkly glitter!

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  19. Christine Karr


    Hi! The recipe looks delicious and those glasses really make it stand out. Can you tell me where to find them, what you call them, anything you happen to have on these particular glasses. My sister-in-law and have been looking for them forever with no luck!

    Thanks and may God bless!!

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  55. We tried this at a party tonight. It tasted amazing. Unfortunately we were not able to duplicate the ombré look. The whole thing turned redish/pink. Is it really 2 ounces of the syrup? Yours looks like much less in the pic. Thank you for the recipe. It is divine! I look forward to perfecting it and would love your input 🙂


  56. stephanie


    Great looking cocktail! I hope the baby bump lady is not going to drink that gin/champagne! LOL

  57. Do you REALLY drink alcohol when you are pregnant ???????????????????

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  71. dana stephenson


    what the heck is a pregnant lady doing drinking a champagne+gin cocktail? hopefully hers is a non alcoholic version. wow guys, that was a real boo-boo.

    • Jen Pinkston


      Read the copy and rest assured. No babies were harmed in the making of this post

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  77. Delicious cocktail! But when we pour everything into the glass that “ombré” effect didn’t happen. Just bright pink top to bottom. Is there an exact order to pour the ingredients? Do we have to wait until the syrup settles? Should we just use one ounce of syrup instead of two?

    • Jen Pinkston


      Hey Maude, I am so bummed they didn’t turned out! The ombre effect was such a happy accident and I did my best to replicate it in the instructions exactly as we did it. It’s been almost three years since we made that recipe now, so all I remember is what is there in the text. Did you follow the exact order of the text?

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  82. Ashley


    Loved this Cocktail! Made it as a welcome drink for my wine tastkng. I followed the instructions but the ombre effect was not as drastic as the picture. However, i did notice the longer they sat, the More the omBre effect was noticeable.

    The drink tasted great! UsinG the butter to rim the glasses definitely worked just like she said. Such a great tip to Remember for addiding sugar to a glass rim.

    Overall awesome drink!

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  85. How did you get the hombre effect in the cocktail, or is the pink on the bottom part of the design of the champagne flute?

    • Jen Pinkston


      Hi Vincent, I have to say it was a happy accident. I had no idea it would do this when we were creating them.

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  88. Hi Jen!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. it tastes delicious and is pretty easy! thanks also for the sugar rim tip.
    Like the other commenters, i could not get the drink to achieve that coveted ombre effect. As this recipe is over 5 years old, I was just wondering if you’ve figured out any tips or trips for the ombre effect that you could share? It’s so pretty and would def add a wow factor.
    Thanks so much!

    • Jen Pinkston


      Thanks so much for letting me know, Jan! I need to revisit this one!