Champagne Cocktail Recipe

What better way to toast the day than with a champagne cocktail?

Champagne Cocktail Recipe Tips
Since most of the ingredients that are mixed with champagnes in a cocktail are sweet, choose a dry champagne-at least a Brut.

In addition, serving a champagne cocktail is not an excuse for buying the cheapest champagne that you can find. Using a cheap champagne will result in a less-than-perfect champagne cocktail. On the other hand, don't buy an extremely expensive champagne. Expensive champagne should be savored in and of itself without interference. Buy a middle-of-the-road champagne for the best results.

Always chill your champagne flutes or glassware in advance so that when you pour, the glass is very cold.

Recipes for Champagne Cocktails

Black Velvet

Ingredients You Will Need:
2 ½ cups stout, chilled
2 ½ cups champagne, chilled

Fill half of each flute with stout and carefully top with champagne. The two beverages should not be mixed together. Serve. Serves four.

Champagne and Raspberries

Ingredients You Will Need:
Raspberry Liqueur

Fill champagne flutes ¾ full. Pour a jolt of raspberry liquor on top of the champagne and serve.

Champagne Cooler

Ingredients You Will Need:
8 ounces champagne, chilled
1 ½ ounces brandy
1 ounce triple sec

Chill wine glasses. Pour the brandy, followed by the triple sec into a wine glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with champagne. Serves one.

Champagne Julep

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup bourbon
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 cups champagne
24 mint leaves

Fill Collins glasses partway with ice. Muddle 16 mint leaves, the sugar and a little water. After muddling, add the bourbon and stir with ice until chilled. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass and fill the remainder with champagne. Serves four.

French 75

Ingredients You Will Need:
¾ cup gin
¾ cup lemon juice, preferably fresh
2 cups champagne
8 teaspoons superfine sugar
Orange wedges
Maraschino cherries

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, sugar and lemon juice and shake. Pour into Collins glasses, add the champagne and mix. Garnish with orange wedges and cherries. Serves four.

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