Champagne Cocktail


Updated: 12/26/23

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This simple classic, one of the oldest cocktails dating back to the mid-1800s, made its debut in the “Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1862”. The Champagne Cocktail has withstood the test of time, maintaining its allure and popularity throughout the years. This effervescent cocktail is an embodiment of sophistication and remains a true classic in the world of mixology.

The essence of the Champagne Cocktail lies in its simplicity. The ritual begins with the placement of a sugar cube on a bar spoon or at the base of the glass. This cube becomes the canvas upon which aromatic bitters are generously poured. The bitters-soaked sugar cube serves as the foundation for the cocktail, imparting complexity and depth to the ensuing composition.

The next act in this delightful performance involves the gentle cascade of cognac. A small measure of this aged and nuanced brandy is artfully poured, enveloping the sugar cube in a rich embrace.

The final touch and the star of the show – champagne. This sparkling wine, completes the ensemble, transforming the cocktail into a well blend of flavors and textures.

As the Champagne Cocktail continues to grace the cocktail scene, it has also found a place in popular culture. Featured in films, literature, and social gatherings, this classic Champagne Cocktail has become synonymous with elegance and celebration.

Its enduring legacy extends beyond the realms of mixology, influencing contemporary cocktail culture and inspiring bartenders to explore variations and reinterpretations. The Champagne Cocktail’s adaptability allows it to remain relevant, whether enjoyed in a classic setting or infused with a modern twist.

Champagne Cocktail Recipe

  1. 1 sugar cube

  2. 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

  3. 10 ml cognac, optional

  4. 90-120 ml Champagne, to top

  5. Garnish: lemon twist

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How to Make Champagne Cocktail

  1. Place a sugar cube on a bar spoon and pour bitters on it.

  2. Drop the sugar cube into a Champagne flute.

  3. Add Cognac.

  4. Top up with Champagne.

  5. Garnish with a lemon twist, and serve.

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