This Champagne cocktail is a classic drink that’s remarkably easy to toss together and present with a flourish. And there’s no need to wait for a special occasion.
This Champagne cocktail—actually, Champagne cocktails, plural, thanks to some lovely and inventive tweaks on tradition that you’ll find as variations beneath the recipe—is the quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night. The classic Champagne cocktail features lightly sweetened Champagne, bitters, and Cognac, but we think with the options featured here, everyone is certain to find a favorite fixation.–Angie Zoobkoff
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- Serves 1
- 1/2 to 1 sugar cube or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (2 to 4 g)
- 3 drops bitters, such as Angostura or orange or any other preferred bitters
- 1/2 fluid ounce Cognac (optional) (15 ml)
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine (120 to 160 ml)
- A squeeze of lemon juice per glass and/or a long strip of lemon zest with all the white pith removed
- 1. Place the desired amount of sugar in a chilled flute or other glass. Add the bitters and allow to soak in, about 1 minute.
- 2. Pour in the Cognac, if using, and then swirl the glass gently to combine. If necessary, stir to dissolve the sugar. Top off with Champagne, add the lemon juice or zest, and serve.
Champagne Cocktail Variations
- Rosewater & Pomegranate Champagne cocktail
- For a gorgeous magenta cocktail that’s slightly sweet tart, omit the bitters and instead dissolve the sugar in 1 to 2 teaspoons rosewater (5 to 10 ml) and 1/4 cup chilled pomegranate juice (60 ml). Top off with 1/3 to 1/2 cup chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine (80 to 120 ml).
- Chambord & Orange Champagne cocktail
- For a refreshing alternative to a Mimosa, omit the bitters and instead dissolve the sugar in 1/4 cup chilled blood orange juice (60 ml) and 3 to 4 teaspoons Chambord raspberry liqueur (15 to 20 ml). Top off with 1/3 to 1/2 cup chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine (80 to 120 ml). Garnish with fresh raspberries or a thin slice of orange.