During the 1920s the Champagne Cocktail was found to be extremely popular amongst the 'Flapper set' which added to the allure of bubbles. In more recent times it was a popular drink for Patsy and Eddie on Absolutely Fabulous!
When it comes to Champagne cocktails I substitute any nice tasting sparkling white wine. The rule of thumb for me is if I would drink it on it's own then I'll use it in a cocktail, if I wouldn't drink the champagne then it will not be going into a cocktail!
The Classic Champagne CocktailsThe original Champagne Cocktail is a true cocktail classic, it was originally served in champagne cups something which is rarely seen now. Serving a Champagne Cocktail in a champagne flute is a much better experience as the shape of the flute captures the bubbles perfectly.
Another classic Champagne cocktail is the Mimosa or Bucks Fizz depending on where you live in the world. I usually serve Bucks Fizz in a pitcher as its great for a girls day out or a brunch where you don't want to be always mixing new drinks
Champagne Cocktail1 sugar cube
Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and put a few dashes of angostura bitters onto it. Next fill with champagne, stir and garnish with the lemon twist.
Bucks Fizz3 parts Champagne
2 parts Orange Juice
Place 2 cups of Orange Juice in a pitcher and top up with 3 cups of Champagne, a quick stir and then pour into Champagne flutes to serve.
Romantic Champagne CocktailsIf you're feeling romantic and want to impress someone special on one of your first dates, their birthday or even Valentines Day then try a Cupid's Bow, Flirtini or an Axis Kiss.
Cupid's Bow5 oz Champagne
½ oz cherry liqueur
Pour the cherry liqueur into a Champagne flute and fill with chilled Champagne.
Flirtini1 shot vodka
¾ shot triple sec
2 shots pineapple juice
Put the vodka, triple sec and pineapple juice into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and top up with champagne.
Axis Kiss1 dash amaretto
1 dash creme de cassis
Pour both the amaretto and crÃ¨me de cassis into a Champagne flute and then top up with chilled Champagne.
Even More Champagne CocktailsFor more delightful Champagne cocktails you simply must try the Sparkling Cosmo, a cosmopolitan with bubbles! The Pink Slipper and Champagne Cooler are other delightful Champagne cocktails to try.
Sparkling Cosmo1 ½ shots citron vodka
½ shot triple sec
1 shot cranberry juice
I dash fresh lime juice
Place the vodka, triple sec and juices into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute and top up with chilled champagne.
Pink Slipper1 part cointreau
1 part bacardi
3 parts champagne
Blend together the cointreau, bacardi, strawberries, pour into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne while giving it a gentle stir.
Champagne Cooler3 parts brandy
2 parts triple sec
For this cocktail you simple put the brandy and triple sec in a red wine glass top up with Champagne and stir. Garnish it with a sprig of fresh mint to serve.