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 best easy champagne cocktails to try!
Includes Prosecco cocktails too!
As you can see, 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
The Champagne Cocktail is a classic drink that’s festive and elegant, perfect for celebration. The sugar cube makes it sparkle!
- 1 sugar cube
- 5 dashes Angostura bitters
- Squeezed lemon peel
- 1 glass champagne (10 tablespoons)*
- For the garnish: Lemon twist
- Make the lemon twist garnish, if using.
- Add a sugar cube to bottom of a champagne flute**. Add 5 dashes of bitters to the sugar cube. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off a small strip of lemon skin. Squeeze the lemon skin into the flute to release the oils.
- Fill the glass with champagne and serve immediately: watch how the sugar cube makes the bubbles sparkle! Garnish with a lemon twist if desired (here’s how to make a lemon twist).
*You’ll get about 5 drinks per 1 bottle of champagne. **You can also serve this drinks on the rocks in a cocktail glass. Follow the same instructions, just place the ice in the glass with the sugar cube, then top with champagne. The drink will have a more subtle flavor.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Cocktail
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Champagne Cocktails
Last updated: July 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.