12/11/2014 11:21 EST | Updated 02/10/2015 05:59 EST


I'm a firm believer that almost any party — not to mention almost any brunch — can be improved by serving sparkling wine.

That's why when I started planning this year's New Year's Day brunch, I didn't start my planning with the food; I started with a signature drink. My friends and I usually don't go crazy on New Year's Eve, so by the next morning we're still happy to have a little libation. A refreshing and light cocktail seemed about right.