From classics to unique inspirations, here are 30 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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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
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.
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 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 afull 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.
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.
If you follow House of the Dragon on HBO's TikTok account you might have already heard of this drink. This drink involves substituting the gin in a Negroni for prosecco. Sbagliato means "mistaken" or "broken" in Italian so no need to say "with prosecco."
Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, fan of home cooking, and creator of delicious recipes. She envisions herself as a self-taught cook who also learned extensively from a family of restaurateurs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.