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34 Champagne Cocktail Recipes

From classics to unique inspirations, here are 34 Champagne cocktail recipes for that special celebration, New Year’s Eve party, or simply to enjoy year-round. There is also no need to splurge on pricey Champagne as these recipes will work equally well with the sparkling wine of your choice!

Before you get started on the recipes here is a quick primer for choosing a sparkling wine for your cocktail.

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Champagne Cocktail Recipes

How to Choose Champagne For Cocktails

The best Champagne and sparkling wines for cocktails are dry wines to complement the sweetness of the other ingredients. If you like a sweeter cocktail you can of course opt for a sweeter Champagne.

You can also skip the high-end wines as the cocktail mix is most likely to drown out the unique and flavorful qualities that you would get from a flute of sparkling bubbly on its own.

Look for these bottle labels to find dry or sweet sparkling wines:

  • Dry: Natural Brut, Extra Brut, Brut
  • Sweet: Demi-Sec, Sec, Extra Dry, and Extra Sec
  • Sweetest: Doux

Tips for Choosing a Sparkling Wine

  • Look for Brut, Extra Brut, or Natural Brut which indicates a dry wine and to minimize the sugar intake and chance of getting a headache.
  • If you prefer sparkling wine that is produced from the same method as Champagne (2nd ferment in the bottle over the yeast) look for labels such as Méthode Champenoise or Traditional Method.
  • Be careful with the Extra Dry label, it is actually sweeter and contains more sugar than Brut Champagne.
  • American sparkling wines, Cava, Prosecco, Crémante, and Espumante are all great substitutes for Champagne — for a fraction of the price. Prosecco leans on the sweeter side of these substitutes.
  • Adjust any added sweeteners in the recipe depending on your dry or sweet preference.
  • More uncommon Champagne substitutes include sparkling hard cider, spiked seltzer, sparkling sake.
  • Mock Champagne substitutes include non-alcoholic champagne and sparkling wine, soda water, and sparkling cider.

Champagne Cocktail Ingredient Ideas

If you’re looking to customize your own champagne drink try these champagne mixed drink ingredients.

  • Sugar cubes: An easy addition that will add a touch of sweetness and a bubbly effervescence to your drink. This practice is also an old Italian tradition, suggesting that the addition of sweetness helps keep the devil away, making your celebratory moments even more joyful.
  • Liqueurs: Liqueurs are an easy addition to enhance your bubbly. Here are a few liqueurs to pair with champagne: Chambord (raspberry liqueur), Grand Marnier or Cointreau (orange liqueurs), Aperol, St-Germain Elderflower, Limoncello, Peach Schnapps or Crème de Cassis (black currant liqueur).
  • Liquor: Clear liquors such as vodka and gin tend to be the more popular additions to mix with champagne while rum, brandy, cognac, tequila and bourbon are not too far behind. We’ve included several champagne recipes below for pairing ideas including the classic French 75 made with gin.
  • Bitters: Bitters are great way to add depth and complexity to your sparkling libation. Fruit, citrus and vegetable bitters like orange and cranberry, as well as herb, spice and flower bitters such as lavender, cardamon complement equally well.
  • Syrups & Cordials: Add sweetness and flavor with simple syrups, flavored syrups and cordials. Elderflower cordials or flavored syrups like lavender and ginger will enhance the bubbly and add unique and aromatic touches to any sparkling concoction.
  • Fruit & Fruit Juices: Fruit and fruit juices offer a burst of flavor and color to any bubbly. Juices like orange, peach, or berry juices bring a fruity sweetness, while more exotic juices such as pomegranate, pineapple or passion fruit add a unique and tropical twist. Fresh fruit such as cucumbers, berries, mango and kiwi will equally add to the flavor and experience. You can also keep your champagne cold with fruit ice.
  • Flowers: Infuse subtle floral notes into your champagne cocktail with edible flowers, flower liqueurs, syrups and cordials. Violets, rose petals, elderflower, lavender and hibiscus are a few options to consider.
  • Garnishes: Garnishes offer the perfect visual appeal to your champagne creations. Here are some garnish ideas: Citrus peels, twists and curls, edible flowers (elderflower, hibiscus, rose petals), fruits and vegetables (sugared, skewered, slices, dried etc.), whole berry drops, herbs (rosemary, thyme, mint, basil), candied ginger, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate arils, gold or silver leaf, rock candy skewer, edible drink confetti, drink toppers, decorative picks and drink stirrers, mini clothespins, paper umbrellas, ice cubes with flowers, fruit, or herbs
  • Cocktail Rimmers: Enhance the flavor while adding a unique and creative touch with a variety of rimmers such as white sugar, colored or flavored sugar, sprinkles, crushed nuts, cookies or candy, chocolate, edible glitter, melted chocolate, gold or silver dust, coconut flakes, pop rocks, or crushed candy cane or peppermint.

34 Champagne Cocktail Recipes

Serve these Champagne cocktails at your next party. From Champagne drinks with bourbon, vodka, gin and tequila to orange juice, fruits and more, these cocktails are sure to inspire and delight.

Types of Sparkling Wine

  • Champagne: Champagne is a type of sparkling wine that come from the region of Champagne, France and can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes.
  • Crémant: Produced in France and these sparkling wines have less carbon dioxide and are less fizzy.
  • Cava: Produced in Spain, Cava is typically a dry, sparkling wine – with zesty citrus flavors. A more affordable Champagne substitute.
  • Espumante: Produced in Portugal, these sparkling wines are acidic, and have less body than Champagne.
  • Proscecco: Produced in Italy and made from Glera grapes, it often has a sweeter side with flavors such as green apple, pear, honeysuckle, and lemon. It is less bubbly than champagne.
  • Moscato d’Asti: Produced in Northern Italy these wines are sweet and dry with a light, fizzy quality, not unlike Champagne.
  • Sekt: Produced in Germany and known to for its low sweetness and alcohol levels.
  • Sparking Rosé: Also known as “blanc de blancs,” “blanc de noirs” or rosé sparkling wines, these wines are typically light bodied with a full bouquet of floral aromas.
  • American Sparkling Wines: The U.S. has many sparkling wines, and California produces the most. Several U.S. producers label their sparkling wines as “champagne” which the U.S. government allows for brands established on or before March 2006. California sparkling wine is the most well known and is primarily produced with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes but other varieties are used as well. Sparkling wine ranges in style from very dry (natural), dry (brut), and slightly sweet (extra dry) to sweet (sec and demi-sec).

What causes the fizz in Sparkling wine?

Those delightful effervescent bubbles come from carbon dioxide that is produced when the yeast eats up the sugar molecules and leaves carbon dioxide (and ethonal) in its place.

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