Champagne Cocktail Recipes
The following champagne cocktail recipes—or sparkling wine recipes; we’re not sticklers to the rules—will help you celebrate the victories big and small. Starting a new year is certainly a win, but so is meeting up with your mom for brunch or making bubbly cocktails for a game night with friends. There’s no occasion too small for a champagne-and-something. When in doubt, use a dry brut champagne. And point the cork away from your loved ones’ faces.
This spritz takes some heady flavors—stone fruit, Japanese whisky, sparkling wine—and combines them into a whiskey cocktail that feels featherlight.
• 1 1/2 oz. Suntory Whisky Toki
• 1 3/4 oz. Tempus Fugit Kina L’Aéro D’Or Aperitif
• 1 1/2 tsp. apricot brandy
• 1 1/2 oz. sparkling wine
• 1 1/2 oz. club soda
Combine whisky and aperitif in a large wine glass. Add 2 large ice cubes, cracked, then stir. Add apricot brandy and more cracked ice, almost to the top. Add sparkling wine and club soda, then stir again. Garnish with expressed and rolled grapefruit peel and half a strawberry.
The Aperol Spritz carries summer, though not a soul will know if you drink it off-season. It is ubiquitous, and oddly enough, contentious.
• 2 oz. Aperol
• 3 oz. prosecco
• 2 oz. (or a splash, or a top off) club soda
• orange slices
Build Aperol, prosecco, and club soda in a wine glass over ice. Garnish with fresh orange slices in the glass.
Though it emanates an effervescent glow, a French 75 is more potent than a cannon blast, courtesy of gin and champagne combined. And wouldn’t you know it, that’s what it was named for.
• 2 oz. London dry gin
• 1 tsp. superfine sugar
• 1/2 oz. lemon juice
• 5 oz. brut champagne
Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass half-full with ice, then top off with champagne.
This cocktail is an upper—what wouldn’t be, given honey, lime, golden rum, and champagne?
• 2 oz. golden rum
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• 1 tsp. honey
• 5 oz. brut champagne
Mix rum, lime juice, and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then pour unstrained into a Collins glass. Fill with champagne. (We recommend using Puerto Rican rum.)
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