The champagne cocktail was already a classic by the time the first bartending book was published by Jerry Thomas in 1862. This drink kind of gives a whole new meaning to bubbly too.
Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe:
- 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- 4-5 oz chilled dry / Brut Champagne
- lemon twist garnish
Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and soak with a few dashes of bitters. Slowly fill with champagne and the dissolving sugar cube bubbles combined with the effervescent already in the sparkling wine will put on quite a display. Garnish with lemon twist or maraschino cherry for additional flavors to suit.
Brandy was listed as an optional ingredient with these other holiday and New Year’s Eve party champagne cocktails. However, there are 15 popular champagne cocktails in this chart along with so many other recipe variations that you’d think just about anything goes.
Well, you’d be right. This bubbly drink is easy to modify with a splash of fruit juice flavor or a float of other spirits and the results are usually pretty good if you don’t go overboard with the ratios too much.
Savor your vintage and high quality bottles by just popping the cork though. Champagne cocktails and any sparkling wine bottle extinguishers on New Year’s Eve or other celebrations should be garden variety only. Get behind the bar in your home and have some fun experimenting a little with something other than bubbly straight from the bottle.
Happy New Year!