Toast to Perfection: Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Hearken to me, all ye who love the taste of luxury and crave a drink that would delight the soul! For I bring unto you today a recipe that is sure to elevate your drinking experience – the Champagne Cocktail.

Imagine a glass of sparkling wine, oh how it dazzles with its effervescence, and now add to it just a hint of sweetness, a touch of sourness, and just the right amount of bitters; this, my friends, is the Champagne Cocktail.

As you take the first sip, you’ll feel as though you’re sipping on a piece of history because this classic cocktail has been enjoyed for centuries since it was first documented in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion.”

I implore you, do not be intimidated by the name or the prestige attached to it. This cocktail recipe is easy to follow and requires only a few ingredients that you can easily obtain. So whether you are planning an intimate dinner party, looking for a romantic nightcap, or simply want to enjoy an indulgent drink for yourself, I urge you to try this Champagne Cocktail recipe- trust me when I say that it will be worth every effort.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Champagne Cocktail
Champagne Cocktail

Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and lend me your ears! I bring to you a recipe that will tantalize your taste buds and give you the luxurious experience of savoring a classic champagne cocktail.

The champagne cocktail is an epitome of class, it exudes elegance and sophistication with every sip. With the perfect combination of bubbly champagne and sweet sugar cubes, this cocktail is sure to leave you feeling satisfied and content.

But wait, there’s more! It’s not just any ordinary cocktail recipe. This simple yet divine concoction contains just a few ingredients, making it easy to master for anyone, even those who aren’t well-versed in mixology.

Each ingredient in this recipe brings its own unique flavor to the mix. The dashes of Angostura bitters add depth and complexity, while the orange juice adds some much-needed sweetness that is balanced out by the bright acidity of lemon juice.

Do you want to take things up a notch? We’ve got you covered! Add blackberry vodka or brandy maraschino cherry for added depth, flavor, and hints of fruit juice. Trust me – this will leave everyone in awe.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself like royalty by savoring our champagne cocktail recipe. Its versatility makes it perfect for any occasion – a fancy dinner party with close friends, Christmas brunch with family or just a weekend nightcap with your special someone. This classic mimosa is nothing compared to this cocktail that will make your palate sing!

Ingredient List

 Bubbles aren't just for celebrating, try this champagne cocktail recipe!
Bubbles aren’t just for celebrating, try this champagne cocktail recipe!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • Dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 4 ounces of dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part blackberry vodka
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Optional Ingredients:

  • Brandy-maraschino cherry for garnishing

For a fruity twist, add strawberry, raspberry or cranberry juice to mix. If you prefer a pink hue to your cocktail, add a dash of Aperol or Hibiscus syrup. For the bourbon lovers, swap out the vodka with ONO Bourbon whiskey. Switch up the blackberry vodka with tequila for a Blackberry Margarita Royale. Looking for a Christmas-themed drink? Use cranberry juice and top off with champagne for a classic mimosa twist.

The Recipe How-To

 A classic cocktail with a champagne twist.
A classic cocktail with a champagne twist.

To create this champagne cocktail recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • Dashes of angostura bitters
  • 1-ounce fruit juice (orange, cranberry, etc.)
  • 1/2 ounce blackberry vodka
  • 4 ounces dry champagne or sparkling wine

In five quick and easy steps, you will have the perfect cocktail to ring in the New Year with.

Step One: Prepare the Sugar Cube

Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Add several dashes of angostura bitters to the sugar cube, allowing it to dissolve.

Step Two: Add the Fruit Juice

Add 1 ounce of your favorite fruit juice to the flute. Orange or cranberry work especially well for this cocktail.

Step Three: Add Vodka

Now it’s time to add some kick. Pour in 1/2 ounce of blackberry vodka into the flute.

Step Four: Top it Off with Champagne

Carefully pour in 4 ounces of dry champagne or sparkling wine. Be sure to fill slowly and steadily so as not to overflow your glass.

Step Five: Garnish and Serve

Garnish your cocktail with a lemon twist or maraschino cherry for an extra bit of sweetness. Serve immediately and enjoy!

These steps are perfect for creating a classic champagne cocktail, but don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations. Try replacing the vodka with bourbon, tequila, or even ono hibiscus liqueur for something new and exciting. Or switch up your fruit juice for raspberry or strawberry puree to create a fun pink champagne cocktail. The possibilities are endless!

With this champagne cocktail recipe, your guests will be impressed by your mixology skills. Cheers!

Substitutions and Variations

 Raising a glass to the perfect cocktail.
Raising a glass to the perfect cocktail.

For a twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail, try some of these substitutions and variations:

1. Fruit juices – instead of orange juice, you can add other types of fruit juice such as raspberry, strawberry, cranberry or hibiscus to give your cocktail a different color and flavor.

2. Blackberry Vodka – In place of regular vodka, use blackberry vodka for an unique flavor punch.

3. Brandy Maraschino Cherry – If you don’t have Maraschino Cherry on hand, try swapping it for a splash of brandy to complement the flavors.

4. Bitters Champagne – You can add more dashes of Angostura bitters to make your cocktail more bitter, or reduce them if you prefer a sweeter flavor.

5. Bourbon – If you’re looking for something stronger, swap out the champagne for bourbon in your cocktail recipe.

6. Aperol Spritz – To create an Aperol Spritz-inspired champagne cocktail, combine champagne with Aperol and soda water.

7. Christmas-themed Champagne Cocktail – Add some festive flair to your cocktail by mixing in a few drops of green or red food coloring!

These substitutions and variations allow for personal touches on the classic champagne cocktail recipe that will be sure to make great drinks to remember.

Serving and Pairing

 Toasting to new beginnings with a champagne cocktail.
Toasting to new beginnings with a champagne cocktail.

The sparkling and effervescent nature of the champagne cocktail makes it an ideal drink to serve as an aperitif or for celebratory occasions. Its light and refreshing taste is perfect for outdoor summer parties, weddings, holiday gatherings, or elegant brunches.

When it comes to pairing with food, this classic champagne cocktail pairs well with appetizers like smoked salmon canapes, shrimp cocktail, or goat cheese crostini. The sweetness of the sugar cube and fruit juice notes in the drink complement the salty and savory flavors in these dishes.

For those who prefer something sweet, pair the champagne cocktail with fresh fruit and cheese plates, chocolate-covered strawberries or truffles. The beverage’s effervescence complements citrusy flavors like orange and lemon zest, making it an ideal option to serve alongside a classic mimosa.

This champagne cocktail’s versatility also allows for creative experimentation with other ingredients. Try pairing it with a side dish that includes grilled chicken or vegetables. For added zing, add a splash of Aperol or cranberry juice to give it a festive boost that pairs perfectly with a fruity garnish such as strawberry or raspberry.

No matter how adventurous you choose to be in your pairing selections, one thing is certain: this champagne cocktail recipe is guaranteed to provide a delightful drink experience that’s great on its own or with your choice of appetizers!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sip, sip, hooray! It's time for a champagne cocktail.
Sip, sip, hooray! It’s time for a champagne cocktail.

Ah, worry not! This champagne cocktail recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and is quite easy to store and reheat. In fact, you can prepare the cocktail mixture up to a day before the event and just leave it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

As for storing the cocktail, it’s best to keep them in airtight containers or jars inside your fridge. You can keep them there for up to 2 days, but note that its taste may subtly or noticeably change as time goes by.

Now, onto reheating. After taking out the champagne cocktail mixture from the fridge, let them come to room temperature before serving. If you wish to serve them warm, simply heat them in a pot over medium-low heat until they’re warm enough (but no boiling as alcohol should always be heated gently).

A word of caution though, please do not reheat your champagne sparkling wine after mixing with the sugar cube and fruit juice as it will lose its signature bubbles and effervescence that makes champagne cocktails wildly popular.

With these tips, you can have a hassle-free party with a stunning set of classic champagne cocktails on-hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A bubbly beverage that's perfect for any occasion.
A bubbly beverage that’s perfect for any occasion.

To ensure the best possible outcome for your champagne cocktail recipe, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

1. Chill your champagne: Make sure your sparkling wine is chilled before using it in your cocktail. This will keep your drink from getting warm too quickly.

2. Use a sugar cube: Instead of just adding sugar directly into the cocktail, use a sugar cube at the bottom of the glass. This will not only sweeten the drink evenly but also create bubbles.

3. Dash Angostura bitters: The Angostura bitters add an extra layer of flavor to the cocktail so don’t forget to include it in your recipe.

4. Be cautious with the citrus juice: Adding too much citrus juice can overpower the delicate flavors of the champagne, so use it sparingly.

5. Try different champagne types: Experimenting with different kinds of sparkling wine can help you find the perfect match for your taste and recipe.

6. Add fruit juice: Adding a fruit juice like cranberry or orange can give your classic champagne cocktail an interesting twist.

7. Garnish with lemon twist: A lemon twist can give your cocktail an elegant visual appeal and add a hint of citrus aroma.

With these tips, you can make a unique and delicious champagne cocktail that will impress any guest.


Before we conclude, here are some frequently asked questions about this delectable Champagne Cocktail recipe.

What mixes good with champagne?

As a wine expert, I love to share unique and flavorful wine pairings with my clients. Among them are three delightful champagne cocktails that use fruit juices and liqueurs to create a burst of unusual flavors. These cocktails are the Raspberry Royale, Mimosa, and Poinsettia. In each of these drinks, champagne is mixed with a different blend of fruity flavors to create a delightful and refreshing experience. Allow me to introduce you to each one in more detail.

What’s the difference between champagne and Champagne Cocktail?

A Champagne Cocktail is a type of mixed drink that utilizes Champagne or sparkling wine in its composition. Although the possibilities for ingredients are endless, this recipe focuses on the classic Champagne Cocktail that combines the addition of some cocktail staples to create a deliciously tangy and sweet concoction.

What’s the best thing to add to champagne?

When it comes to elevating a Champagne cocktail, adding a dash of fruit juice can do wonders. Whether it be fresh lemon, lime, orange or cranberry juice, a splash of colorful liquid can take your drink from ordinary to extraordinary. However, it’s important to proceed with caution and not go overboard, as too much juice may push it towards the territory of a mimosa.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Champagne Cocktail recipe is a classic and versatile drink that every cocktail enthusiast should have in their repertoire. With its simple yet elegant ingredients, and the ability to customize it to your liking, it’s the perfect drink for any occasion.

Whether you prefer a classic Champagne Cocktail or you want to experiment with variations like the French 75 or Aperol Spritz, this recipe has got you covered. Plus, with the option to substitute fruit juices or spirits, it allows for endless creative possibilities.

So go ahead, grab your ingredients and treat yourself to one of the best champagne cocktails out there. Cheers!

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Champagne cocktail for 6. Simple and will keep your guests happy. No need to be accurate with the measurements
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 110.6 kcal


  • 6 sugar cubes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
  • 750 ml sparkling white wine


  • Place a sugar cube in the bottom of 6 champagne glasses. Add a few drops of the bitters to each cube of sugar.
  • Pour the wine ,evenly into the 6 glasses.
  • Serve immediately.

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Serving: 124gCalories: 110.6kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 6.1mgSugar: 3.5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Australian, Beverages, Easy
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