Feel like celebrating the end of the 40-day lockdown? Why not throw a champagne cocktail for your family for surviving and learning from each other through these uncertain times? Just your luck, we’ve listed out 10 champagne cocktails that are fit for any event – including the end of the lockdown. We hope you’ll give these bubbly cocktails a shot.
Probably the most well-known champagne cocktail, you can make this one with either gin or cognac.
45ml VSOP cognac
15ml simple syrup
15ml fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
This Prosecco-based cocktail has Aperol and sherry in it, so keep your taste buds alert for this interesting drink.
30 ml Aperol (a bitter orange Italian aperitif)
2 dashes of rhubarb bitters or orange bitters,
Plus 1 dash for garnish
45ml ounces chilled Prosecco
1 lemon twist wrapped around a pick, for garnish (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the sherry, Aperol and 2 dashes of bitters and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute. Top with the Prosecco and garnish with a dash of bitters and the lemon twist.
Cork County Bubbles
This champagne cocktail is made with whiskey from Ireland’s Cork County, hence the name.
30ml Irish whiskey
10ml yellow Chartreuse
15ml fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon warm water
30ml chilled Champagne
1 lemon twist, preferably spiral-cut, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the Champagne and garnish and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute, stir in the Champagne and garnish with the twist.
You guessed it right, this one has maraschino cherries in it.
3 maraschino cherries, plus 25ml syrup from the jar
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 brown sugar cubes
15ml cherry liqueur
120ml chilled Champagne
Moisten the outer rim of a flute with 15ml maraschino cherry syrup and coat with superfine sugar. Sprinkle the bitters over the sugar cubes. Add the cherry liqueur, maraschino cherries and the remaining 10ml of maraschino cherry syrup to the flute. Top with Champagne and add the sugar cubes.
This cocktail looks no less than a sparkling platinum drink, which makes it all the more exciting to drink.
15ml maraschino liqueur
15ml Lillet Blanc
15ml fresh lemon juice
15ml brut Champagne
1 brandied or maraschino cherry, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass or flute and stir in the Champagne. Garnish with cherry.
As simple as its name, it only has Angostura and Champagne, that’s all!
1 sugar cube
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
180ml chilled brut Champagne
1 lemon twist, for garnish
a small dish or glass, soak the sugar cube with the Angostura bitters. Fill a chilled flute with the Champagne, then add the bitters-soaked sugar cube. Garnish the drink with the lemon twist.
A fruity bubbly cocktail, for that much-needed zest in your life!
1 orange twist
15ml fresh orange juice
30ml Cynar, an Italian artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur
90ml chilled Champagne
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Cynar, Campari, and juice and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute, top with the Champagne and garnish with the twist.
This baby pink cocktail with a hint of Elderflower syrup has all the reasons to make your next event a grand success.
30ml vodka, preferably Ciroc
15ml Grand Marnier
45ml teaspoons elderflower syrup
60ml chilled rosé Champagne
1 small bunch of Champagne grapes, frozen
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, Grand Marnier and elderflower syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with the Champagne and garnish with the grapes.
Red Grape and Coconut Refresher
It has coconut water, vodka, and brown sugar, all things tropical with a touch of Champagne.
12 seedless red grapes, plus 4 halved grapes
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
60ml vodka, preferably Ciroc
60ml unsweetened coconut water
60ml chilled Champagne
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 12 whole red grapes with the brown sugar. Add the vodka, coconut water, and halved grapes. Stir and pour—don’t strain—into a highball glass over crushed ice, then top with the Champagne.
We started with French 75 and decided to end on a similar note, except with berries! This cocktail is as berrylicious as it can get!
1/2 cup sugar
One 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/4 cup juniper berries, crushed
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
180ml fresh clementine juice
Chilled brut Champagne
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, ginger, juniper berries, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain the juniper syrup through a fine sieve into a small bowl, pressing on the solids; discard the solids.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the clementine juice, gin, and the juniper syrup and shake well. Pour into 8 Champagne flutes and top with Champagne.
The best part about all these cocktails is that they all look good in your hands, taste heavenly and will help you make some great memories. Try them out and let us know which ones you loved the most in the comments below.
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