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:
- How to safely open a champagne bottle
- Keeping your champagne bubbly
- Tips for finding the best champagne (on any budget)
- Champagne vs. sparkling wine
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 1/2 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.
Ombre Hibiscus Prosecco Cocktail Recipe from A Side of Sweet. Get the recipe here.
Blood Orange Mimosa from My Kitchen Love. Get the recipe here.
Lavender French 75 from Lively Table. Get the recipe here.
Grapefruit Champagne Cocktails from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Get the recipe here.
Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail from Giraffes Can Cook. Get the recipe here.
Citrus Vanilla Sparkler from Cali Girl Cooking. Get the recipe here.
Grapefruit Aperol Sparkling Cocktails from Platings and Pairings. Get the recipe here.
Sparkling Pear and Pomegranate Sangria from Lively Table. Get the recipe here.
Sparkling Shiraz Cocktail with Dark Chocolate Coated Cacao Nibs from Nomageddon. Get the recipe here.
Cranberry Ginger Bellini from Platings and Pairings. Get the recipe here.
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.