6 Top Champagne Cocktail Recipes for Big and Small Occasions

Around here, we’re firm believers that champagne should not be reserved for New Year’s Eve and major life milestones. On the contrary, champagne cocktail recipes are vital for all cocktail lovers.

Did you meet a deadline at work? Crack open a bottle of bubbly. Made it through the week without any major catastrophes? Sip sip, hooray! The sun is shining? Shower yourself in a fountain of bubbles.

With the versatility of champagne, there’s no reason these lovely sparkling cocktails shouldn’t be part of your regular drinking repertoire.

recipe for classic champagne cocktail

1. Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe

This classic drink is simple and elegant. With just a couple of ingredients, you can party like it’s 1862.

  • Prep Time 1 Minutes
  • Cook Time 1 Minutes
  • Total Time 2 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • Angostura bitters
  • 6 oz chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine
  • Lemon peel

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar cube on a napkin. Add a few dashes of bitters to the cube until it is soaked. Then drop it carefully into a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Fill the glass with chilled champagne.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel twist.

Classic Champagne History & Pairing

The first written description of this simple drink dates back to 1855 when it appeared in a work titled Panama in 1855 by physician and writer Robert Tomes. He describes a friend making one for him and then recommends that the reader “… not taste Champagne cocktails, for they are so supremely good that if he once takes them, he will continue to take them, and not take [water].”

By 1862, it had appeared in its first cocktail book, How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas. And it’s been in book after book ever since.

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a glass of bellini coktail

2. Bellini Recipe

When you’re looking for a bubbly brunch drink, but you want something different from the classic mimosa, look to the Bellini. This blend of sparkling wine and peach is refreshing and summery.

  • Prep Time 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time 5 Minutes
  • Total Time 10 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 148 kcal

Ingredients

  • Peach puree*
  • Chilled prosecco

Instructions

  1. Pour enough peach puree into a champagne flute to fill about 1/3 of the glass.
  2. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled prosecco.
  3. Stir gently with a bar spoon.

Notes

* To make peach puree, add two peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches in a blender with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar. Blend until smooth.

Bellini History & Pairing

Unlike some cocktails, we know exactly who invented the Bellini and when. That distinction goes to bar owner Giuseppe Cipriani, who founded the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice in 1931. The story goes that Giuseppe was a bartender to a wealthy regular customer named Harry Pickering. Harry fell on hard times when his rich family cut him off, unhappy with his drinking and dissolute habits.

Giuseppe felt for Harry and lent him 10,000 lire, or about $500. This was big money back in the 1920s. Two years later, Harry repaid the loan and repaid it with interest to the tune of 90,000 lire. He told Giuseppe they could use the money to open a bar and call it Harry’s Bar.

The first Bellini was served in 1948. It was named for its lovely peachy blush color, which reminded Giuseppe of the colors used by the 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. You can still get one at Harry’s Bar today.

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a cocktail glass of Kir Royale

3. Kir Royale Recipe

The Kir Royale cocktail is perfect after a long, hot day when you’re in a mood for something fruity, yet refreshing. Can’t go wrong with this champagne cocktail recipe.

  • Prep Time 1 Minutes
  • Cook Time 1 Minutes
  • Total Time 2 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz crème de cassis*
  • 5 oz champagne or sparkling wine (or enough to fill your glass)
  • Fresh raspberries or twist of lemon for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour crème de cassis into your champagne glass.
  2. Fill the glass with champagne.
  3. Garnish with 2-3 fresh raspberries or a lemon twist.

Notes

* Crème de cassis is a black currant liqueur. If you already have Chambord at home, it makes a tasty substitute.

Kir Royale History & Pairing

The legend of this cocktail dates back to Nazi-occupied France. When the Nazis took over Burgundy in 1940, a local priest named Felix Kir refused to flee. Instead, he stayed behind and helped 5,000 prisoners of war escape from the nearby camp Longvic.

During these long years, the Nazis seized the local Burgundy wine. So Kir blended a local dry white wine with black currant liqueur to create a drink of a similar color. This drink became known as the Kir, and the champagne version became the Kir Royale.

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a cocktail glass with aperol spritz

4. Aperol Spritz Recipe

Aperol is a slightly bitter grapefruit apéritif that pairs well with a bottle of crisp bubbles. The Aperol Spritz is the perfect drink for #hotgirlsummer. It’s refreshing, effervescent, and tasty. Plus, it’s relatively low in alcohol, so you can enjoy a few without getting too tipsy.

  • Prep Time 1 Minutes
  • Cook Time 1 Minutes
  • Total Time 2 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 169 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 oz prosecco
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • Splash of club soda
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place several ice cubes in a white wine glass.
  2. Slowly pour prosecco into the glass.
  3. Add Aperol.
  4. Top with splash club soda and garnish with the orange slice.

Aperol Spritz History & Pairing

The “spritz” took hold in Northern Italy as far back as the early 1800s. When the region was seized by Austria-Hungary, the resident Austrians would add a spritz (or spray) of water to tone down the local wine. The style maintained its popularity throughout the century, evolving to swap the water for club soda and the wine for liqueurs.

Aperol hit the scene in 1919 and gained popularity through the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1950s, Aperol had come up with their “official” spritz recipe, and it took hold of Italy. In the 2000s, Campari (which now owns Aperol) went on a media blitz and the drink became a summer staple everywhere.

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5. French 75 Recipe

You’ll have to break out the cocktail shaker for this one, but it’s worth it.

  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 2 Minutes
  • Total Time 17 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup*
  • 3 oz champagne or sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, then top and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a chilled champagne flute.
  4. Top with champagne and lemon twist.

Notes

* To make simple syrup, add equal parts sugar and water to a small saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.Alternative: Don’t like gin? Swap it out for vodka to make a French 76 instead.

French 75 History & Pairing

The early versions of this champagne cocktail recipe — or something very like it — were popular during the cocktail craze of the mid-to-late 19th century. But the first version of this recipe committed to paper appears in a 1927 Prohibition-era cocktail book called Here’s How by Judge Jr. It was named the French 75 in honor of the rapid-firing 75-millimeter field gun the French army relied on during World War I.

A few years later, the recipe made an appearance in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, and it’s been a staple ever since.

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6. Black Velvet Recipe

Prefer something a little more … stout? The Black Velvet is for you. This is one champagne cocktail flavor combo you probably haven’t tried before.

  • Prep Time 1 Minutes
  • Cook Time 1 Minutes
  • Total Time 2 Minutes
  • Serves 1 People
  • Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients

  • Chilled champagne
  • Guinness or another stout beer

Instructions

  1. Fill a pint glass halfway with champagne.
  2. Fill the remainder of the glass with Guinness.
  3. If you’d like to layer your beer on top of the champagne, pour the stout into the glass slowly over the back of a spoon. While it may seem counterintuitive, the beer will sit on top of the champagne.

Black Velvet History & Pairing

This dark drink was invented during a dark time. In 1861, England was mourning the death of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. A bartender at the Brooks Club of London channeled the nation’s collective sadness into this deep cocktail.

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Get More Cocktail Recipes

Want to expand your repertoire into some more classic cocktails? Check out this list of The 7 Best Cocktails: Their Recipes and Strange Histories.

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