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Pop, Fizz, Clink: Champagne Cocktails

A good champagne is a real treat on its own, no doubt. But it can also elevate your cocktails to a higher level, making them the perfect aperitif on a special occasion. Sure, prosecco and any sparkling wine will do the job, too – just make sure to buy good quality for the best outcome. Here’s to you! 

Champagne Cocktails

Southern Trip

Opinions differ on Southern Comfort, the whiskey liqueur widely known as Janis Joplin’s favourite drink. While some hate it for its artificial “gummi beary” taste, others love it topped up with coke or milk. In my opinion, it works very well as a base for a champagne cocktail when freshened up with some orange juice – fruity, sweet… and so comforting!

Southern Trip

Ingredients for 1:

  • 25ml Southern Comfort
  • 25ml fresh orange juice
  • 100ml champagne (or any other sparkling wine)
  • 1 slice of orange for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix the Southern Comfort and orange juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top up with ice and shake thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a Martini glass.
  4. Top up with champagne.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice.

 

Cranberry Kir Royal

The French Kir Royal, Crème de Cassis topped up with champagne, is a true classic loved by many. Using pure cranberry juice instead of cassis, the drink takes on a tangy acidity, perfect as a start to a dinner party. Swap the 100%-juice with the more widely available cranberry drink (containing sugar and water) for a sweeter version, reducing the amount of orange liqueur.

Cranberry Kir Royal

Ingredients for 1:

  • 3cl pure cranberry juice
  • 2cl orange liqueur (like Cointreau)
  • 10cl champagne (or any other sparkling wine)
  • redcurrant for garnish (or any other red berries)

Method:

  1. Mix the cranberry juice and orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top up with ice and shake thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a champagne coupe.
  4. Top up with champagne.
  5. Garnish with redcurrant.

 

Elderflower 75

Invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris a century ago, the French 75 was named after a field gun used in the Great War. The combination of gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne is without question a powerful one. This version uses elderflower syrup instead of sugar – a refreshing twist on the original.

Elderflower 75

Ingredients for 1:

  • 3cl gin
  • 2cl lemon juice
  • 1cl Elderflower syrup
  • 10cl champagne
  • lemon peel for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix the gin, lemon juice and elderflower syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top up with ice and shake thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a champagne flute.
  4. Top up with champagne.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.
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