Three Sparkling Cocktails to Take You Into 2014

Absinthe Group
Christmas may be over, but the season of holiday indulgence is still going strong until January 1. And whether you're celebrating the impending new year, looking fondly upon the one passing by, or simply numbing the pain inflicted by visiting family members, these three sparkling cocktail are perfect to celebrate the waning days of 2013 -- and so delicious you'll be sipping them throughout the new year.

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The Blur at Nopa: A balanced blend of green Chartreuse, marascino, lime juice, and cava, this brunchtime cocktail is our ideal accompaniment to the restaurant's transcendent French toast. (Non-brunch goers take heed, you can ask for it at dinner as well.) After a few of these drinks, you'll see the validity in the name. 560 Divisadero, 864-8643.

Apertivo at Locanda: Campari, orange, and lemon are topped with prosecco to create a cocktail perfect for both beginning a meal and sipping at the bar alongside fried olives. And this citrusy and bright beverage is only mildly boozy, so you won't feel guilty about ordering a second ... or a third. 557 Valencia, 863-6800.

French 75 at Absinthe: Want to escape to Paris for the afternoon? Hayes Street may not quite compare to the Champs-Élysées, but whiling the day away at the brasserie's bar is about as close as you can get. Just make sure you have a French 75 in hand. After a couple of this gin and lemon-laced Champagne cocktails, you will be perfectly content remaining stateside. 398 Hayes, 551-1590.

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