Pouring a glass of bubbly is a festive way to celebrate the season, so why not add a little extra sparkle to your holiday entertaining with these Champagne cocktails?
Classic Champagne cocktail
Although the original Champagne cocktail is made with only three ingredients, the addition of the Cognac makes a delicious variation of the classic.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2–3 drops Angostura bitters
- 1/2 –1 ounce Cognac (optional)
- 4 ounces dry Champagne
- Soak the sugar cube with the bitters.
- Drop the cube into the bottom of a Champagne flute.
- Add the Cognac, if desired, then top off with Champagne or sparkling wine.
- Serve immediately.
A berry Champagne cocktail
Also known as a Cham-Cham or Champagne and Chambord, this pretty pink cocktail is simple and festive.
- Blackberries or raspberries
- 1 ounce Chambord, black raspberry liqueur
- 4 ounces Champagne
- Drop a couple of berries into the bottom of a Champagne glass.
- Add the Chambord, and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.
Much like the Champagne cocktail, this is a beverage that has been enjoyed for years. The original recipe blends lemon, gin and Champagne, but an alternative is to forgo the gin and use Cognac instead. Either way, this sparkly classic is a popular choice for a holiday (or any) party.
- 1-1/2 ounces dry gin
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- A handful of ice
- 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
- Thin lemon slices
- Add the gin, lemon juice, sugar and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake the mixture quickly, then strain immediately.
- Add the mixture to a cocktail or Champagne glass, and add a few lemon slices.
- Top with Champagne.
Lemon Champagne fizz
Bright with lemon flavour, the sweet limoncello balances the crispness of the dry sparkling wine for a smooth and refreshing cocktail.
Tips for making perfect Champagne cocktails:
- Champagne is best enjoyed cold, so chill well before pouring.
- Choose a brut (dry) Champagne or sparkling wine for your cocktail so it doesn't become too sweet.
- Use a good-quality bubbly wine. While you can save the high-end Champagne for sipping another time, the wine you use should still be tasty enough to enjoy on its own. And you don't have to limit yourself to Champagne; a good prosecco, cava or other sparkling wine would all make flavourful cocktails.
- As a general rule, the sparkling wine should be the last thing added to the cocktail. Pour it in slowly and (here's the fun part) the bubbles will do the mixing for you!
- Superfine sugar
- 1 lemon wedge
- 2 ounces limoncello liqueur
- 3 ounces Champagne or prosecco
- Candied lemon peel or a lemon twist
- Run the wedge of lemon around the top of a flute or cocktail glass, then rim lightly with sugar.
- Pour in the limoncello, and top with the Champagne.
- Add a twist of lemon to garnish.
- As an option, leave the glass unrimmed, and garnish with the candied lemon peel instead.
Although this beverage can be enjoyed during the cocktail hour, it makes a nice alternative to the brunch favourite, the mimosa.
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice (cranberry juice may be substituted if desired)
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavoured liqueur
- Champagne or sparkling wine
- Pomegranate seeds or a twist of orange to garnish
- Pour the pomegranate juice into a Champagne flute or stemmed tulip glass.
- Add the orange juice, then the liqueur.
- Top off the glass with Champagne.
- Garnish with a few seeds or an orange twist.
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