Nothing beats a cocktail made with champagne and sparkling wine. Champagne is a white sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine is a wine with appreciable levels of carbon dioxide in it, making it fizzy.
Here are fantastic and easy-to-try recipes of 7 amazing cocktails using champagne and sparkling wine:
Violent Fairy Tales
Perfect for summer, this is a lovely champagne often taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. With a preparation time of only 5 minutes, it gets a bright finish with a dash of sparkling wine.
- 1 oz. Avuá Amburana aged cachaça
- 1⁄2 oz. Amaro Montenegro
- 6–8 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters which is a flavoring agent
- 3 oz. sparkling wine
- Stir the aged cachaca, Amaro Montenegro, and the flavoring agent together over ice. Then strain the mixture into a coupe (a shallow glass, typically with a stem, used to serve champagne and sparkling wine).
- Top the strained mixture with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange twist.
Horse & Carriage
This mildly sweet, effervescent and gin-based cocktail was created by mixologist Naren Young. The creation of Horse & Carriage cocktail was initially inspired by classic holiday punches but is easily adapted to any season. In the fall season, try it garnished with apples, pears, and cinnamon sticks. In summer this cocktail goes well with citrus slices and pomegranate garnishings, while in spring with edible flowers.
- For the Citrus Sugar- The outermost parts of 1 lemon and 1 orange, also called zest for flavoring purpose, 1⁄2 cup superfine sugar
- For the Cocktail – 4 tbsp. citrus sugar, 6 oz. lemon juice, 6 oz. gin, 3 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur ( a sweetened liquor), 3 oz. triple sec (a colorless orange-flavored liqueur), 10 oz. cold chamomile tea, 8 oz. sparkling wine, Lemon & orange wheels, and pomegranate seeds for garnishing.
- Combine the lemon and orange zest and sugar in a food processor and pulse until combined. Makes ½ cup.
- Take the lemon juice in a punch bowl and dissolve the sugar in it.
- Add gin, St. Germain, and triple sec to the sweetened lemon juice.
- Add the chamomile tea, ice block, and top the mixture with sparkling wine. Garnish the cocktail with lemon & orange wheels and pomegranate seeds.
- Serves 6-8
This drink, invented in 1969 by the legendary Joe Gilmore, is a lively mix of grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and a very small trace of rose water, topped with champagne. Interestingly, the Moonwalk was the first thing world-famous astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin sipped upon returning to earth.
- 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 oz. orange liqueur
- 3 drops rose water
- Champagne for topping
- Mix the fresh grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and rose water in an ice-filled shaker.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute.
- Top the strained drink with champagne.
- Serves one.
This champagne-based cocktail was developed by Patricia Clark Hippolyte while providing a cocktail prescription for each zodiac sign. A simple drink, Rosewater Fizz, is fruity and slightly floral in flavor.
- 3 dashes of rose water
- 1 oz. pomegranate juice
- Pomegranate seeds for garnishing
- Add rose water and pomegranate juice to the champagne flute;
- Top this mixture with champagne.
- Garnish the Rosewater Fizz cocktail with pomegranate seeds.
- Serves one
Crush and Swizzle
- At the core, this drink is a rum-laced prosecco drink. Prosecco is an Italian white wine. Adding pomegranate juice to this drink gives it a sweetness that masks its characteristic strong flavor.
- 1 1⁄2 oz. pomegranate juice
- 1 oz. white rum
- 1⁄4 oz. simple syrup (a solution of sugar in water – 1 part sugar to 1 part water)
- 2 oz. prosecco
- Combine the pomegranate juice, white rum, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously and pour the mixture into a champagne glass filled with crushed ice
- Top Crush and Swizzle cocktail with prosecco.
- Serves one
- Bee’s Knees
- A signature drink of Kansas City’s Rye restaurant, this classic is a honey-sweetened gin mixture. A splash of rose champagne gives it the much-desired effervescence.
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- ½ oz. honey
- 1½ oz. gin
- Brut Rosé Champagne for topping
- Stir the grated lemon zest, honey, and 1 oz. hot water in a cocktail shaker.
- Add gin and ice. Cover the mixture and then shake vigorously.
- Strain the drink into a chilled champagne flute. Top with rose champagne.
- Serves 1
- The Harvest Spritz
- Cardamaro and Aperol cocktails add bittersweet and fruity notes to this spicy classic spritz.
- 1 oz. Aperol
- 1 oz. Cardamaro
- 4 oz. prosecco,
- 1 strip orange zest, about an inch long
- Pour Aperol and Cardamaro cocktails into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir the mixture of ice and cocktails to combine well
- Top the mixture with prosecco.
- Twist the strip of orange zest over the top of Harvest Spritz, rub it along the rim of the highball glass, and then add to the drink.
- Serves 1
- A must-have champagne to make any occasion extra special is the Wilson Creek almond champagne, which has a few traces of pure almond added to it. Furthermore, a shot of don julio tequila adds to the fun!
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