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The Best Champagne Cocktail Recipes

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Celebrations call for champagne cocktails - they're lively, fun, and full of happiness!

They’re perfect for New Year’s Parties, birthdays, or any gathering that calls for a toast. If you’re looking for champagne cocktail inspiration, these recipes will really excite you - they’re fun, playful, and perfect for a party!

Here are a few tips for making champagne cocktails:

Classic Champagne Cocktail

The classic champagne cocktail is a timeless drink made with champagne, a sugar cube, brandy (optional), and Angostura Bitters - it can be garnished with a maraschino cherry or an orange peel.

Simple Champagne Cocktails

Champagne is incredibly versatile in cocktails. There are lots of easy, simple cocktails to make with champagne. If you’re looking for something quick, try out one of these easy recipes:

  • Mimosa - Combine 3 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice
  • Kir Royale - Combine 6 ounces champagne and ½ ounce creme de cassis
  • Bellini - Combine peach puree, simple syrup, and Prosecco
  • Pomegranate Royale - Combine 4 ounces champagne and one ounce pomegranate liqueur (optional - top with pomegranate arils)

The Fifteen: A Cider, Champagne, and Whiskey Cocktail from Umami Girl. Get the recipe here.

Fifteen cocktail in a tall fluted glass.

Ombre Hibiscus Prosecco Cocktail Recipe from A Side of Sweet. Get the recipe here.

Ombre hibiscus cocktails in champagne glasses.

Blood Orange Mimosa from My Kitchen Love. Get the recipe here.

Blood orange mimosas from overhead.

Lavender French 75 from Lively Table. Get the recipe here.

Lavender French 75 cocktail.

Grapefruit Champagne Cocktails from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Get the recipe here.

Grapefruit champagne cocktails in glasses.

Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail from Giraffes Can Cook. Get the recipe here.

Raspberry peach champagne cocktail in a glass.

Citrus Vanilla Sparkler from Cali Girl Cooking. Get the recipe here.

Citrus vanilla cocktails in two glasses.

Grapefruit Aperol Sparkling Cocktails from Platings and Pairings. Get the recipe here.

Grapefruit aperol cocktail in a glass with a twist.

Sparkling Pear and Pomegranate Sangria from Lively Table. Get the recipe here.

Sparkling pea sangria cocktail in a tall glass.

Sparkling Shiraz Cocktail with Dark Chocolate Coated Cacao Nibs from Nomageddon. Get the recipe here.

Sparkling shiraz cocktail in a tall glass.

Cranberry Ginger Bellini from Platings and Pairings. Get the recipe here.

Cranberry ginger bellinis in two glasses.

What’s the Difference Between Champagne & Sparkling Wine?

The easy answer is that Champagne only comes from the Champagne region in France. Champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. So in fact, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.

How to Tell a Good Sparkling Wine

High quality sparkling wine has three traits to look out for:

  • It’s fresh and tastes fruity (it doesn’t have to be sweet)
  • It should have a good amount of acid and feel strong in your mouth
  • It should have small bubbles - they’re a sign of a good wine

Cocktail Recipe Books

If you like these recipes, I think you’ll like these books:
The Art of Mixology: Classic Cocktails and Curious Concoctions, The Aviary Cocktail Book, and The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks.