Indulge in a Luxurious Grand Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious and impressive cocktail recipe that will impress your guests? Look no further than the Grand Champagne Cocktail. This delightful cocktail has been a favorite for many years, and with good reason. Created by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the Grand Champagne Cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet and tart, with just the right amount of fizz.

This recipe uses fresh strawberries, honey, and orange-flavored liqueur to create a tantalizing flavor that pairs perfectly with sparkling wine or champagne. With just a few ingredients and some simple steps, you can create a delicious cocktail that will wow your guests without spending hours in the kitchen.

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or looking to create a special drink for a romantic evening, the Grand Champagne Cocktail is sure to please. So pull out your champagne flutes and get ready to mix up something truly special.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grand Champagne Cocktail
Grand Champagne Cocktail

Are you looking for the perfect cocktail recipe to add some glamour to your party? Look no further than the Grand Champagne Cocktail recipe! This drink has all the elements of a perfect cocktail with its beautiful appearance, bubbly champagne, and fruity flavors.

One look at this beautiful drink and you’ll know it’s something special. The color is brilliant, with a deep orange hue shifting to light pink at the top. And as soon as you take a sip, the bubbles will dance on your tongue and tickle your taste buds.

But it’s not just the appearance that makes this drink special – it’s also incredibly flavorful. By mixing Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored liqueur, with honey and fresh strawberries in a food processor, you’ll create a sweet and tangy base that perfectly complements the sparkling wine.

Not only is this cocktail delicious, it’s also versatile. Feel free to substitute some ingredients or add your own twist to create your own unique variation. Want a bit of tartness? Add cranberry juice! Or if you’re feeling daring, why not try adding some lemon juice or triple sec?

In addition, the Grand Champagne Cocktail pairs well with an array of dishes. Whether you’re serving Italian antipasti or seafood canapés, this cocktail will be the perfect complement to any food spread.

Finally, this cocktail is easy to make – no need for complicated preparation techniques or hard-to-find ingredients. Just mix a few select ingredients together and enjoy in minutes!

In short, if you’re looking for a special cocktail to impress your guests or just want a flavorful drink to savor on your own, then try making the Grand Champagne Cocktail recipe. With its beautiful appearance, fruity flavors, and versatility, this cocktail is sure to become one of your favorites!

Ingredient List

 Let the bubbles take you to the sky with this refreshing Grand Champagne Cocktail!
Let the bubbles take you to the sky with this refreshing Grand Champagne Cocktail!

Here are the ingredients you need to make this Grand Champagne Cocktail Recipe:

  • 3 ounces of Grand Marnier
  • 4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 15 ml (1/2 ounce) orange flavored liqueur like Triple Sec
  • One bottle of chilled champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Optional: cranberry juice, pomegranate or cranberries for a holiday twist, sugar cube for sweetness
  • Ice

The Recipe How-To

 Bring a touch of glamour to your evening with this delectable and easy-to-make cocktail.
Bring a touch of glamour to your evening with this delectable and easy-to-make cocktail.

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe for preparing the Grand Champagne Cocktail.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by washing 4 fresh strawberries with tops trimmed and cut them in quarters.

  2. Use a food processor to combine the strawberries, 1/2 oz of honey, and 1/2 oz of Grand Marnier orange flavored liqueur until it forms a smooth puree.

  3. Take out your cocktail shaker and pour the puree into it. Add 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/2 oz of cranberry juice, and 1 oz of Grand Marnier flavored liqueur.

  4. Mix these ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

  5. Now add ice to the shaker and shake well until it is completely chilled.

  6. Take a chilled champagne flute with iced-up rims and pour in about half an inch of the Grand Marnier mixture.

  7. Top this with 2-3 ounces of well-chilled Champagne prosecco or your favorite sparkling wine or even Blue Champagne.

  8. Garnish with a twist of orange rind or an orange slice and serve immediately for best results.


  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can mix all ingredients in a mixing glass or pitcher.
  • For those who prefer sweeter drinks, add more honey to the strawberry puree according to taste.
  • For some added zing, try adding a splash or two of triple sec or lemon juice.
  • This cocktail can also be made ahead of time using premixed Grand Marnier orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and honey-strawberries puree that can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to seven days before adding Champagne.
  • It’s important to use good quality champagne or sparkling wine for the best taste.
  • This recipe can be slightly altered for seasonal variations or special occasions, like adding pomegranate or cranberries during the winter months to create a festive Poinsettia Cocktail for Christmas time.

With these simple steps, you can make a refreshing and delicious Grand Champagne Cocktail right at your home that your friends and family are sure to love. Cheers!

Substitutions and Variations

 A sip of this exquisite Grand Champagne Cocktail is all you need to enchant your tastebuds!
A sip of this exquisite Grand Champagne Cocktail is all you need to enchant your tastebuds!

If you’re looking to mix things up with your Grand Champagne Cocktail Recipe, here are some ideas to take it to the next level.

Firstly, if you don’t have Grand Marnier on hand, you can substitute it with other orange-flavored liqueurs such as Cointreau or Triple Sec. However, keep in mind that each liqueur will have its unique flavor profile and may affect the final taste of your cocktail.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some cranberry juice or pomegranate juice for a fruity twist. The tartness of the juices pairs well with the honey sweetness and the bubbly sparkles of the champagne.

Another creative variation is to blend fresh fruits or berries into the mix, such as raspberries or blueberries. Adding these fruits will give an extra layer of texture and color, giving your drink more depth.

For a festive variation on this cocktail recipe, consider trying the Poinsettia Cocktail. This Christmas-themed drink is made by replacing the Grand Marnier with cranberry juice and sugar syrup, with a splash of champagne to top it off. Garnish it with fresh cranberries or an orange twist for a perfect holiday-themed drink.

Remember that when experimenting with variations and substitutions, it’s important to strike a balance in flavor profiles while matching it with different food dishes accordingly. So go ahead, experiment with different ingredients to create your own unique twist on this classic cocktail recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Whether you're celebrating a special soirée or simply treating yourself, this cocktail won't disappoint.
Whether you’re celebrating a special soirée or simply treating yourself, this cocktail won’t disappoint.

The Grand Champagne Cocktail is a beautiful and sophisticated drink that will impress your guests at any special occasion or gathering. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on while enjoying a delicious meal or indulging in some light snacks, making it an ideal pairing for appetizers such as smoked salmon or shrimp cocktail. The orange-flavored liqueur gives the cocktail a refreshing and vibrant taste, while the honey and fresh strawberries add some sweetness.

To serve the Grand Champagne Cocktail, start by chilling a champagne flute and pour 1.5 oz of Grand Marnier into it. Add a teaspoon of honey to the mix along with two or three mashed fresh strawberries, and then gently stir until all the ingredients are nicely mixed together. Top off with chilled champagne or prosecco and finish with an orange twist.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing the Grand Champagne Cocktail with other fruit-based appetizers like cranberry brie bites or pomegranate glazed wings. For something sweet, consider serving this cocktail with desserts like fruit tarts, vanilla cake, or macarons.

This cocktail is best served cold, so make sure to use well-chilled champagne and ingredients when preparing it. The balance of flavors makes it suitable for all seasons, whether you’re looking for a cozy night in, an intimate dinner party with friends or a celebratory toast on New Year’s Eve.

Overall, the Grand Champagne Cocktail is a versatile drink that pairs perfectly with an array of dishes – both sweet and savory – making it a go-to option for any occasion where you want to impress your guests with your impeccable taste in cocktails. Cheers!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who needs a fairy godmother when you can have a Grand Champagne Cocktail? Cheers to a magical evening!
Who needs a fairy godmother when you can have a Grand Champagne Cocktail? Cheers to a magical evening!

This Grand Champagne Cocktail recipe is perfect for get-togethers, and the good news is that it can be made ahead of time to save you some stress. You can mix the cocktail ingredients in a large batch and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This is especially handy when hosting a party, so you can enjoy more time with guests rather than worrying about making individual cocktails.

When it’s time to serve, simply pour the Grand Champagne Cocktail mixture into a champagne flute, top it up with champagne or sparkling wine, add an orange twist garnish and serve immediately.

In terms of storing, leftovers can also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. However, bear in mind that the cocktail may lose its fizziness over time.

If you need to reheat the cocktail, it’s best to do so slowly over low heat as overheating could cause the champagne to lose its bubbles. The best way to do this is by using a double boiler to gently warm the mixture while whisking regularly.

This cocktail recipe requires fresh ingredients like strawberries, so it’s best enjoyed when made fresh. However, if you must store leftovers or make ahead of time, be sure to keep it sufficiently chilled and follow proper storage and reheating instructions to preserve the quality of the cocktail.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Love at first sip - this is what happens when you taste this fabulous Grand Champagne Cocktail.
Love at first sip – this is what happens when you taste this fabulous Grand Champagne Cocktail.

To ensure you get the perfect grand champagne cocktail every time, here are some tips to follow:

1. Use well-chilled champagne or sparkling wine.

2. Make sure the honey is diluted in warm water before it is mixed with other ingredients. This will help prevent it from clumping and make it easier to incorporate into the cocktail.

3. The strawberries should be blended until smooth using a food processor or blender, as this will help release their flavor and aroma better.

4. When adding the Grand Marnier, add it slowly and gradually stir it into the mixture. This ensures that it is evenly distributed throughout and does not overpower any other flavors.

5. Do not use too much orange-flavored liqueur, as this can make the cocktail too sweet and ruin the balance of flavors.

6. When pouring the cocktail, make sure to use a Champagne flute or other tall, narrow glass. This helps preserve the bubbles and maintain the drink’s carbonation.

7. To elevate your Grand Champagne Cocktail even more, try garnishing with a twist of orange or adding fresh cranberries as a festive touch for seasonal celebrations like Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious grand champagne cocktail with the perfect balance of sweetness, fizziness, and fruity notes.


As a sommelier, I understand that every recipe may raise some questions. Below are answers to the most common inquiries about this Grand Champagne Cocktail recipe that I have received from my clients.

What is good to mix with Grand Marnier?

When it comes to Grand Marnier, I love how its rich and flavorful character makes it a great match for a wide range of ingredients. It pairs well with brown spirits, fresh fruits, coconut-based dishes, as well as any sparkling wine. To balance its luscious citrus taste, I suggest trying a bit of salt and savory herbs. Moreover, the sweetness of aged rum complements the contrasting flavors of Grand Marnier, making them a heavenly match.

What can I mix with my champagne?

As a sommelier, I am fascinated by the art of mixology and the exquisite blends it can produce. Some of my favorite champagne-based cocktails include the Raspberry Royale, which combines the fruity notes of Chambord with the lightness of champagne. Another delightful option is the Mimosa, which allows you to experiment with different fruit juices to find the perfect blend to mix with champagne. Finally, for something with a bit of a kick, the Poinsettia cocktail mixes Cointreau and cranberry juice with champagne, resulting in a tart and refreshing taste. These cocktails are perfect for any occasion and are sure to impress your guests.

What’s the difference between champagne and champagne cocktail?

The Champagne Cocktail is not limited to one recipe as any cocktail that contains sparkling wine or Champagne can qualify as a Champagne Cocktail. However, the Classic Champagne Cocktail stands out as a special mixture as it contains more than just the wine. The additional ingredients used give the cocktail a unique taste with a hint of sweetness and citrus.

What liquor mixes well with champagne?

As a sommelier, I have an extensive knowledge of various spirits and their unique qualities. Vodka is a popular addition to Champagne cocktails, with many famous cocktails such as Blue Champagne, Aqua Marina and Liberty Blue Champagne already on the menu. There is even a cocktail named after James Bond himself! Meanwhile, Cognac and Brandy are classic spirits that have long been a favorite of many. Gin is another popular option that is used in a variety of mixed drinks, while Rum offers a tropical twist to any cocktail. Each one has its own distinct flavor profile and can greatly enhance the overall experience of any drink.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Grand Champagne Cocktail is the perfect way to elevate any celebration or special occasion. With its delicious combination of fresh strawberries, honey, and orange-flavored liqueur, it will be sure to impress your guests and tantalize your taste buds.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas with a Poinsettia cocktail or toasting to the New Year with a sparkling Grand Marnier champagne, this recipe is versatile enough to suit any occasion. And with its easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips for substitutions and variations, you can make it your own and truly make it a cocktail that reflects your unique style.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some fresh strawberries and a bottle of champagne or prosecco and get ready to enjoy the best champagne cocktail you’ve ever had. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of creativity, you too can become a mixology genius like Bobby Flay.

Cheers to good company and even better cocktails!

Grand Champagne Cocktail

Grand Champagne Cocktail Recipe

A gorgeous champagne cocktail with honey, orange, and fresh strawberries! Cheers!!! From Bobby Flay.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine French
Servings 4 Grand Champagne Cocktails
Calories 179.6 kcal


  • 12 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (4 jiggers of Grand Marnier)
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle champagne, well chilled


  • Add the orange-flavored liqueur, honey and strawberries to a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Fill the chilled glasses halfway with the strawberry mixture and then fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.

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Serving: 205gCalories: 179.6kcalCarbohydrates: 11.5gProtein: 0.2gSodium: 9.7mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Berries, Beverages, Citrus, Easy, Fruit, Oranges, Small Appliance, Strawberry
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