Champagne Cocktails


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Champagne is synonymous with celebrations.

We ring in the New Year with champagne on New Year’s Eve. Champagne is popped to celebrate at weddings and birthdays. My family always started Christmas morning with a bottle of Champagne. It’s a drink that signals good times. Holidays or regular days are made more special when sipping Champagne.

It can also be used as a base for an amazing range of cocktails.

A cocktail with two ingredients like the Kir Royale are all of a sudden more than the sum of their parts. A touch of sweetness and a captivating  blackberry flavor transforms a glass of bubbly into a sophisticated drink. Its simplicity is deceptive.

St. Germain liqueur can be used in a similar way. An easy, elegant cocktail with just two ingredients. St. Germain imbues a refined flavor of elderflowers without being overwhelming or too sweet.

The classic Champagne Cocktail is another drink that takes a simple bitters soaked sugar cube and transforms that into a polished, tasteful drink.

The French 75 has more than two ingredients and is well worth the added effort. Originally created at the famous Harry’s New York Bar and published in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. You can use either gin or cognac in a French 75. I like the juniper fragrance that the champagnes’ effervescence opens up in the gin version. It smells like Christmas in a glass.

The Canton Royale uses Domaine de Canton Liqueur to add a zingy ginger flavor to champagne. 

Champagne is the star in these classic cocktails: Kir Royale, St Germain Champagne Cocktail, Champagne Cocktail and French 75 and Canton Royale. Use a dry Brut Champagne for these drinks as the perfect foil for the sweetness of the liqueurs used.

Serving these Champagne cocktails allows you to offer a variety of Champagne cocktails with very little effort. Cocktails with Champagne instantly transforms any gathering into a party. Pour a glass of bubbly and enjoy – remember to toast the host.

Kir Royale

1/2 ounce crème de cassis
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: lemon twist.

Pour the crème de cassis into a flute.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Champagne and St Germain Cocktail

1 ounce St Germain Liqueur
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: orange or lemon twist.

Pour the St Germain into a flute.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with an orange or lemon twist.

 

Champagne Cocktail

1 sugar cube
Angostura bitters
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: orange or lemon twist.

Soak the sugar cube with the bitters and drop it into a flute.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with an orange or lemon twist.

 

French 75

2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: lemon twist.

In a cocktail shaker combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a flute and top with Champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

To make French 75s by the pitcher, see our French 75 post.

 

Canton Royale

Dash lemon bitters
1 ounce Domaine de Canton Liqueur
Chilled Champagne
Garnish: lemon twist.

Add a dash of lemon bitters to a flute.
Add the Domaine de Canton.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Ring in the New Year with these bubbly cocktails; or anytime you want to add a little variety to Champagne.

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