Nothing’s more festive than bubbly champagne cocktails! They’re easy to make, and add class and style to any celebration.
Are you ready to celebrate? Champagne has been a festive drink for centuries. Of course, you can just pop the cork and drink it straight up (which Alex and I do, often!). But why not try a champagne cocktail? The tangy, bubbly sparkling wine is perfect with all sorts of flavors, from lemon to St Germain to cranberry. Even just adding one or two ingredients to champagne really alters the flavor and adds depth. And of course, holding a glass says, “Hey, I’m someone with sophistication and class!” Ready to toast?
And now… the top champagne cocktails to try!
Here’s one of the most sophisticated and refreshing cocktail recipes out there: a French 75! It’s got a mysterious name, but it’s made with a few simple ingredients. It’s tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical. Perfect for entertaining, use it as a brunch drink or a dinner party with friends. Really, any occasion is better with this drink in hand! The flavors are simple and classy: gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne.
Here’s the classic easy champagne cocktail the mimosa! How to make a perfect mimosa? We like to use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor: but you could use either! Pour the bubbles with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out. Here’s how to make this beautiful and bright mimosa!
Also try: Apple Cider Mimosa, Cranberry Mimosa, Pineapple Mimosa or Strawberry Mimosa
This isn’t just an champagne cocktail, it’s THE champagne cocktail. Yes, the Champagne Cocktail is a classic recipe on the International Bartender's Association list of IBA official cocktails. It's a thing. Even better: it's tangy and refreshing, perfect for sipping with a little nuance from the angostura bitters and lemon. The best part: Adding a sugar cube to champagne makes a fountain of bubbles that positively sparkles! Are you celebrating something? Because this is the drink for you.
Meet the Negroni sbagliato, a “mixed up” version of the classic cocktail using sparkling wine instead of gin! The lightly sweet champagne against the bitter Campari and sweet vermouth makes for a better balanced flavor than with gin. Who can’t resist a little bubbly?
Here’s a drink that’s made for celebration: a St Germain champagne cocktail! It’s sophisticated and refreshing: floral, botanical, tangy, and bubbly all at once. If you’ve never purchased a bottle of St Germain, now’s the time! It's a liqueur made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. This bottle of fancy liqueur should be part of your alcohol arsenal: it's perfect for cocktails of all kinds! But this particular champagne cocktail is our favorite.
Bubbly, citrusy, herbal, subtly bitter and lightly sweet…it's the Aperol spritz! This drink is renowned the world over, reaching max popularity in the 2000’s. But did you know it’s actually a classic cocktail from the 1950’s? This Italian cocktail has been capturing hearts and minds for years. Made the right way: it’s absolutely worth the hype. Try it with either Prosecco or champagne.
Variations: Amaro Spritz, Campari Spritz, St Germain Spritz, Limoncello Spritz
Here’s a champagne cocktail that’s full of beautiful fresh flavor: the peach Bellini! The bellini is a classic cocktail that comes from Italy. It's typically made with Prosecco, but you can make with champagne too! It’s ideal in the summer during peach season, as a signature drink for cocktail hour. And of course, it’s natural for brunch like its cousin the mimosa. Luckily, you can use either fresh or frozen peaches: so you can make it anytime!
Here’s an effortlessly easy cocktail to make: Kir Royale! Creme de cassis, a black currant liqueur, goes with champagne like one of those famous pairings: tomatoes and basil, peaches and cream or peanut butter and jelly. Simply mix the liqueur with bubbles and you’ve got a sophisticated Champagne cocktail perfect for celebrations of all kinds. The bubbly sweet tart flavor is refreshing and unexpectedly nuanced for two ingredients.
Also try: Chambord and Champagne Cocktail
Here’s a champagne cocktail that features the uncanny pairing of beer and wine in one drink! Or stout and champagne, that is. It’s the Black Velvet! This ages old cocktail pairs the hoppy bitterness and dark notes of coffee and chocolate with the light fruity bubbles of champagne. It might sound odd, but it really works!
Want a Mojito topped off with champagne? (Yes, please.) Enter the Old Cuban cocktail: one part Mojito, one part French 75. This mashup cocktail is a modern classic created by a famous bartender in the early 2000’s. It’s minty fresh, with complexity from the bitters and vanilla and coconut notes from the aged rum. Combine it with a splash of bubbles, and it’s a cocktail masterpiece!
The French 75 is one of our favorite cocktails, and it's got a few spins. So meet the French 76! This classy cocktail is just as sophisticated as its cousin drink, using vodka instead of the traditional gin. It’s got a light, bright flavor and effervescent bubbles: ideal for any time you need a festive signature drink.
Move over cosmos: there's a new cranberry cocktail in town! This cranberry champagne cocktail has a brilliant color and cozy vibe, and the flavor is tart and refreshing. While it's most suitable during fall and winter, you can serve it any time of the year, too! It uses only a few simple ingredients: cranberry juice (make sure to find 100% juice), cointreau, and champagne.
Here’s a fun way to use champagne in a cocktail: Death in the Afternoon! This iridescent green cocktail stars the combination of absinthe and sparkling wine, and the flavor is delightfully intriguing! It’s bubbly with a black licorice finish. Invented by writer Ernest Hemingway, it’s a unique drink to pull out to impress guests.
Here’s an Italian-style cocktail that’s bubbly and flavored with pure lemon: the Limoncello Spritz! Limoncello is an Italian liqueur that’s often sipped for after-dinner shots that you can also use for cocktails. This spin on the Aperol spritz is full of bright lemon flavor and even better than the original, we think. It’s bubbly and effervescent, with a searing citrus bite.
Here’s a champagne cocktail that’s tropical, fruity, and bubby all at once: the Pineapple Mimosa! This spin on the classic brunch cocktail might be even better. Sweet pineapple juice is a unique offset to crisp, dry champagne. The best part? Creamy coconut milk makes a frothy topping so it looks like the bubbles never die!
Need a festive champagne cocktail for entertaining? Try this sparkling Champagne Punch! Bubbly wine is ideal for a punch because of its effervescent bubbles. This beautiful bowl is full of flavor, pairing sparkling wine with ginger ale, orange liqueur and fruity pineapple juice. Each sip is enormously refreshing!
If you love bubbly spritzes, run don’t walk to try the Hugo cocktail! This Italian cocktail is a spin-off on the Aperol spritz and even better, in our opinion. It’s made with delicate floral elderflower liqueur and bubbly sparkling wine, which compliment each other perfectly. While it's typically made with Prosecco, champagne works too! The bubbly combination transports you right to Northern Italy, where this cocktail was born and is popular to this day.
Try the French 77! This champagne cocktail is a spin on the classic French 75 that adds St Germain elderflower liqueur. And dare we say it: it makes this classic cocktail even better. It’s bubbly and effervescent, with the floral undertones and the zing of fresh lemon juice.
When it comes to festive cocktails…well, this one might take the cake. Try this Pomegranate Mimosa, aka Pomegrate Champagne Cocktail! The combination of sweet tart pomegranate, orange perfume and airy bubbles is one of the most satisfying in our list of 200+ cocktail recipes.
Swap in Prosecco if you prefer
This list of champagne cocktails includes Prosecco cocktails too! You can really use any type of sparkling wine in these champagne cocktail recipes. The most popular types of sparkling wine outside of champagne are:
- Prosecco: an Italian sparkling wine. It’s a little sweeter than champagne and has lighter bubbles. It’s fruity and flowery, with notes of apple, pear and lemon.
- Cava: a Spanish sparkling wine. It has more citrus notes, and is a little more savory and less fruity.
When to serve champagne cocktails
The champagne cocktails are so festive, they work well for almost any occasions! Here are some times we can imagine serving them, though it’s not an exhaustive list! Champagne cocktails are perfect as a:
- New Year’s Eve drink
- Christmas or holiday drink
- Bridal shower drink or bachelorette party drink
- Girls night drink
- Celebration drink (job, anniversary, baby, etc!)
- Dinner party drink
- Romantic dinner drink
- Brunch drink (Mother’s Day, etc)
What type of champagne should I buy?
With champagne and most alcohol, the higher the quality, the better the flavor. We use the rule: buy something in the medium price range, and you’re usually safe. That is: don’t buy the cheapest bottle. But don’t go overboard on the most pricey one either! Usually middle of the road in price is a good quality bottle.
Also, make sure to buy “Brut”, which means dry. If you’d like to geek out more on champagne, head to 5 Things to Know About Buying Champagne.Print
20 Easy Champagne Cocktails
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- Total Time: 5 minutes
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Here’s how to make a peach bellini! This sparkling Italian cocktail pairs peach puree and champagne or Prosecco for bubbly fresh flavor.
For the peach puree
- 3 large ripe peaches or 1 pound frozen peaches (makes enough for 6 drinks or 1 bottle of champagne)
For each bellini
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) peach puree
- 4 ounces (½ cup) champagne or Prosecco (6 servings in bottle)
- For the garnish: peach slice (optional)
- Make the peach puree: If using fresh peaches, peel them according to How to Peel Peaches. Then slice them in half and and use your fingers to pull out the pits. Puree the peaches in a food processor or blender until a smooth puree forms. Taste and if your peaches aren’t perfectly ripe and sweet, add a little sugar, honey or maple syrup, then blend again. Refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for longer storage.
- To make a bellini: Add the peach puree to a champagne flute or glass. Add a splash of champagne or Prosecco and stir gently to combine. Then add the remaining champagne or Prosecco. Garnish with a peach slice.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Cocktail
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Champagne Cocktails, champagne cocktail