Fancy a sparkling and refined aperitif? Think champagne! In the world of wine and spirits, this exceptional French sparkling wine is undoubtedly one of the most famous and admired drinks. Associated with certain prestigious houses, champagne has fans all over the world. This drink has gained a reputation as a prestigious alcoholic drink over the years and is often associated with festivals and special occasion celebrations.
If true Champagne purists drink it pure, ideally in a tulip-shaped glass that allows for optimal tasting, be aware that it can also become an ingredient in fine sparkling cocktails.
We invite you to discover some perfect champagne cocktail recipes to celebrate festive moments with your loved ones and friends: here are some ideas to impress them with sophisticated drinks!
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The mimosa cocktail is undoubtedly the most famous champagne-based drink, ubiquitous at the most glamorous weddings or brunches. He would see the light of day at the Hotel Ritz in Paris in 1925 mixing champagne, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Click here to discover the recipe for this legendary and essential drink.
Champagne cocktails are one of the most popular champagne-based drinks and belong to the Contemporary Classics category of the official IBA Cocktail List. It is served in a champagne flute where we soak a square of sugar with a few drops of Angostura before pouring the cocktail. Here’s how to prepare it.
- Champagne 9 cl
- 1 cl of Cognac
- 2 drops of Angostura
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 slice orange
Start by pouring a drop of Angostura into the sugar cube and straining into the bottom of the glass. Pour the cognac, then very slowly the champagne. Garnish the flute with orange slices and serve.
In sunset colors and with a tangy and sweet taste, this long drink is perfect for summer evenings (but not only!) It’s easy and quick to prepare, just follow the recipe!
- Orange juice 4 cl
- Champagne 8 cl
- 1 dash of grenadine syrup
Pour the orange juice into a frosted bowl. Add champagne and a splash of grenadine and serve.
Bellini with champagne
The Bellini is one of those timeless summer cocktails. Traditionally prepared with prosecco, this fruity drink made from peach pulp can also be made with champagne for a more sophisticated and elegant result. Just follow the recipe and replace the Italian sparkling wine with champagne, respecting the same dosage.
Another cocktail recognized by the IBA list, which combines champagne, gin and lemon juice in a refined and sparkling drink. Follow the recipe below to prepare it at home, it’s easy!
- 3 cl of gin
- 1.5 cl lemon juice
- 1.5 cl sugar syrup
- 7 cl raw champagne
- Peel of 1 lemon
- 10 ice cubes
In a shaker, pour the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice. Add ice cubes, cover and shake for 10 seconds. Strain cocktail into a flute garnished with lemon zest and serve.
one night wish
What could be better than this cocktail based on champagne and whiskey for a romantic evening? Easy to make and deliciously alcoholic: Here’s how to make it at home.
- 0.5 cl lemon juice
- 2 cl peach cream
- 1.5 cl whiskey or bourbon
Pour all ingredients except champagne into a shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Add the champagne strained into a tall glass and serve.
As its name suggests, this drink comes from the Champagne region. It is a traditional aperitif made with lime juice, Cointreau, liquid cane sugar and champagne. Click here to discover the origins, history, ingredients and recipes of champagne soup.
Kir is royal
A luxurious version of the classic drink made with white wine and crème de cassis, the Kir Royale boasts champagne in a fruity and sparkling cocktail that can be made with just two ingredients. Here is the recipe to make it at home.
- Champagne 9 cl
- 1 cl creme de cassis
Pour the crème de cassis into a champagne coupe, add the champagne and stir. Serve immediately.
Prosecco is a sophisticated version of the classic cocktail with an exotic flavor with the IBA recipe. Here, champagne replaces Italian sparkling wine for a refined and refreshing result.
- Champagne 3 cl
- Amber Rum 4.5cl
- 5 cl Galliano Liqueur
- Pineapple juice 1.5 cl
- 0.75 cl lime juice
- 1 piece of pineapple
Pour all ingredients except champagne into a shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Filter through a glass of champagne and add the champagne. Garnish the glass with pineapple slices and serve.
Russian Spring Punch
If you love sweet cocktails, you’ll fall in love with this crème de cassis red cocktail. Here is the recipe.
- Sugar syrup 1 cl
- 1.5 cl crème de cassis
- 2.5 cl lemon juice
- Vodka 2.5 cl
- Champagne 2 cl
Fill a shaker with ice, add all ingredients except champagne. Shake and strain into a tall tumbler glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lime wedge.
If you like fruity and “girly” cocktails, you’ll love this drink with its intense color and sweet taste.
- 3 cl of Calvados
- 2 cl creme de cassis
- 2 cl of vermouth
- 1.5 cl lime juice
Fill a shaker with ice, add all ingredients except champagne. Shake and strain into a tall glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lime wedge.
How to choose champagne for your cocktail?
The rule is simple: the best champagne makes the best cocktails. To recognize a good champagne, start by deciphering the label! It indicates the brand and producer, name, dose and specialty of the champagne. When tasting, rely on the balance between acidity and sweetness and the finesse of its bubbles.
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It is also important to learn how to choose the right glass to serve champagne, here you will always find all our advice to use this exceptional drink.
Our advice: if you prefer a more “accessible” version of these cocktails, you can also prepare them with cremant, the result will be less refined, but just as sparkling!
Finally, a little reminder: no matter which champagne cocktail you choose to prepare, always drink alcohol in moderation!
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