The word champagne oozes sophistication and class. From the glass to the fizz to the colour, everything about champagne is attractive. Now, imagine a champagne cocktail mixed to perfection? You definitely can’t say no to that.
October 22nd is the official global Champagne Day. Make sure you raise a glass or two of your favourite champagne on this day. Remember champagne is best enjoyed with friends.
An interesting fact about champagne is that its origins have long been disputed between England and France. Some champagne enthusiasts believe that a monk named Dom Pierre Perignon “invented” the drink at the abbey of Hautvilliers – in the Champagne region – in 1697. Upon tasting the “first” sparkling wine, commonly known as Champagne, the monk is thought to have exclaimed: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
Here are 10 champagne cocktails that you should try out.
1. Champagne Mojito
A mojito cocktail is easy to make and it looks pretty and fancy. When you throw in champagne to that mix it becomes much much better. Recognised as the most popular cocktail across the world, you wouldn’t be amiss to add a mojito recipe to your list of cocktails.
- Ice cubes
- Five mint leaves
- 1/2 lime squeezed juice
- 1 tsp sugar syrup
- 25ml rum
- Put a few ice cubes into a wine glass.
- Hold 5 mint leaves in the palm of one hand and clap your other hand over it – this will bruise the leaves just enough without making them bitter.
- Drop the leaves into the glass then pour over 25ml rum, juice ½ lime, and 1 tsp sugar syrup.
- Stir very gently then slowly top with champagne.
2. French 75
A French 75 is a fancy and refreshing cocktail to have. It is also made with a few ingredients making it a simple quick process. You can make a French 75 for a brunch or a dinner with your friends and/or family.
- 25ml Gin
2. Lemon juice
3. 1/2 tbsp Simple syrup
- Place the gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a champagne flute.
2. Top off the glass with champagne. Garnish and serve.
Mimosas are perfect for brunch. They are refreshing while at the same time fancy. They are very easy to make, therefore they won’t consume too much of your time, and you’ll end up with the perfect tasty drink.
- 1/4 cup of orange juice
2. 1/2 cup of champagne
- Orange wedge for garnish
- Fill champagne flute 1/3 full of fresh-squeezed orange juice. 2. Top up with champagne.
- Garnish with the lemon wedge
4. Champagne Punch
Punch is almost always a good idea. It’s hard for it to backfire, and again, it doesn’t take too much effort. You will need quite a few ingredients and time for this cocktail but worry not. The results are worth it!
- 1 bottle of champagne
- 1 bottle of Brandy
3. 1 bottle club soda
4. 1 orange rind
5. Pineapple slices
6. Orange slices
- Put strawberries into a large punch bowl.
- Crush into small pieces.
- Add ice to the punch bowl and pour in champagne, brandy, and club soda.
- Stir and garnish with orange rinds, sliced orange, sliced pineapple, and plenty of fresh mint.
5. Black velvet
This one is for those who love beer and champagne. You can have your cake and eat it. This ages-old cocktail pairs the hoppy bitterness and dark notes of coffee and chocolate with the light fruity bubbles of champagne. It might sound odd, but it really works.
- 1/2 cup of champagne
- 1/2 cup of stout beer, like Guinness
- Pour the sparkling wine into a flute or highball.
2. Pour in the stout beer.
- Stir with a bar spoon if desired, or allow to sit for a minute or so to allow flavours to marry.
- Serve immediately.
6. Air Mail
This cocktail is for those who prefer the sweet flavour in their alcohol. The air mail cocktail is strong. Taking golden rum and pairing it with Brut champagne, sweetened with honey and spritzed with lime, it goes down easy, just like any celebratory cocktail should.
- 1 shot rum
2. 1⁄2 shot Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
3. 1⁄2 shot Honey syrup (3 honey to 1 water)
4. 1 1⁄2 shot Champagne
- Shake the rum, lime juice, and honey together with ice.
- Strain into an ice-filled glass.
- Top with champagne.
7. Raspberry fizz
The idea of raspberries and champagne should be enough to captivate you. It sounds smooth and easy on the palate. To top it all off, this cocktail is very tasty and will be sure to have you longing for more.
- 4 raspberries
- 25 ml raspberry liqueur
- Put four raspberries in a mortar and crush them with a pestle.
- Scoop the crushed raspberries into a champagne flute then top with 25ml raspberry liqueur.
- Top with chilled champagne.
8. Mango Bellini
This cocktail is for those who love fruity cocktails. A ripe mango is guaranteed to make your cocktail absolutely tasty. The Bellini is a classic cocktail that comes from Italy. It’s typically made with Prosecco, but you can make it with champagne too.
1.1 mango, peeled, flesh removed, and chopped.
2. 1 750 ml cold bottle of champagne
- Put the cut mango in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Put 1 tablespoon of the mango puree in the bottom of your champagne flutes.
- Pour in the champagne to fill the glass and serve.
The Sgroppino is a frothy Italian dessert sorbetto cocktail, made with lemon sorbet, champagne, and vodka. So, if you are looking for a cocktail that’s not too sweet but also not sour, then this is the perfect choice for you.
- 2 tablespoons of lemon sorbet
- 1 shot of vodka
- Put 2 tsp lemon sorbet into the bottom of a champagne flute.
- Pour over the vodka then top with champagne.
10. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Here, we have yet another option for those who prefer sweet cocktails. The cranberry champagne cocktail is pretty to look at, while at the same time tasty. It’s the best of both worlds. The good thing about this cocktail is that it is pretty easy to make and can hardly go wrong. The flavour is tart and refreshing.
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2. 4 tablespoons 100% unsweetened cranberry juice
3. 1/2 glass champagne
4. For the garnish: 1 rosemary sprig, whole cranberries
- Mix the orange liqueur and cranberry juice with ice.
- Shake 15 seconds until cold.
- Strain the liquid into a champagne flute.
- Top off the glass with champagne.
- Garnish and serve.
Here are a few other cocktails you can make with other alcoholic drinks – vodka, whiskey, gin, cognac, rum and Martini Cocktails. If you are a Famous Grouse fan here are additional recipes you can check out – Famous Grouse cocktails you can make at home. If you are a liqueur fan then you can check out these Magnum Cream Liqueur cocktails you should try