5 Champagne Cocktails to Add Lighthearted Flavor to Your Evening
Please welcome Marie Nieves who wrote a fabulous and luxurious guest post for CulturEatz that is all about champagne cocktails. Champagne is such a treat we may fear to mix it up with other ingredients, but you may be missing out on some great libations…
No celebration is truly complete without the signature pop and the sweet tickling of some champagne. It is the ultimate event drink, and an instant way to make any gathering more classy. But serving plain champagne isn’t as impressive anymore. The hot new thing: champagne cocktails. Depending on the occasion, guests and supplies, there are hundreds of cocktails you can make. But these five will be a good starting point to work from, no matter what you are hosting.
This is the simplest cocktail you will ever make: but don’t be fooled, it is a kick for the taste buds. When you think champagne, your first thoughts probably won’t go to coffee – just remember most people won’t say that for gin either, even though it’s an amazing combination. But this cocktail combines exactly that: the fruity tones of champagne with the bitterness of coffee. The best part: you can use any champagne for this, no need to splurge on the expensive stuff. Pour two oz of coffee liquor into a glass, and top it with the same amount of champagne. Stir it gently and garnish with a sugar rim for more sweetness, or a coffee bean for more bitterness.
Call over the girls and have a night in, because this cocktail is taking mimosas to a whole new level. It has a very high percentage of alcohol, so consider having it as an after-dinner drink. Take a champagne flute and pour in 3 oz of champagne, ½ oz of triple sec, ½ oz of mandarin or orange liquor and an oz of grapefruit juice. There’s no need to stir, just serve it up plain or garnish with an orange peel twist.
Cranberry Aperol Spritz
Need something classy, but chic? This is just perfect, especially if you serve it out of a flat base tall glass. Start by pouring sparkling wine of your choice into the glass. In a shaker, combine ice, Aperol and cranberry juice, then shake it all up until combined. Add it to the glass, and then top off with some tangerine sparkling ice. Stir to combine and garnish with an orange twist or a sugar rim.
The perfect winter cocktail to have at your next Christmas party is here – and it’s amazing. Start by pouring ½ oz of white gin, half a lemon worth of juice, a touch of simple syrup and an oz of cranberry juice into a shaker over ice. Shake it thoroughly to combine and chill. Strain it into a flute (or a martini glass, if that’s what you prefer) and top it with champagne. For decoration, take a sprig of rosemary, strip half an inch of the stem at the bottom and bead two cranberries, then place it on top. For an extra winter effect, sprinkle with powdered sugar for snow.
Impressive to look at and even better to drink – the volcano is the best party celebration you will ever make. It suits most people and it can even be prepared ahead of time so you can be with your guests instead of behind the bar. It starts with the liqueur: ¾ oz of raspberry liqueur and the same amount of Blue Curacao in a glass. Put some frozen fruits on a cocktail stick and place it in the glass, then leave everything in the fridge until ready to serve. When the time comes, take the glasses out of the fridge, top with chilled champagne and you are ready to go. You can feel free to use lower quality champagne, since the subtle notes won’t get through the liqueurs anyway.
Now you’re fully equipped to tackle any celebration in style. Make sure you play around with these champagne cocktails and recipes and find the ones that work for you and that will become your friend group’s new favorite.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.