Bubbles bring out the best in every occasion! Start your next happy hour with this simple, three ingredient Classic Champagne Cocktail.
It’s bubbly season! Too often champagne or sparkling wine only makes an appearance on New Year’s Eve. That’s a shame because opportunities to enjoy this delicious drink are around every corner. Hosting book club next month? Maybe a festive happy hour with the neighbors? Try offering your guests something a little unique – a Classic Champagne Cocktail.
Good sparkling wine needs little to shine. The Classic Champagne Cocktail requires three ingredients, and you’re ready to roll. No mixing, shaking or measuring. How easy is that? Here are a few tips to make you look like a Champagne Cocktail rockstar:
- Make sure your wine is well-chilled. Sparkling wine tastes best when it is cold.
- You do add sugar to this drink, but that doesn’t mean you can sneak by with the cheapest bottle of wine out there. A reasonably-priced brut (dry) sparkling wine makes all the difference. A trusted liquor store will be able to point you in the direction of a $10-20 bottle that works well in this cocktail.
- Pour small amounts of wine into the glass at a time, or you will end up with a foamy mess all over the counter. After the foam has subsided, continue pouring small amounts until the glass is full.
- Use chilled flutes, if possible.
That’s it, folks. A drink that is simple for the host to prepare and luxurious for the guest to receive. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
- 1 sugar cube (brown or white)
- 5-6 drops of Angostura bitters
- Brut (dry) Champagne or sparkling wine
- Soak sugar cube with 5-6 drops of bitters. Drop into champagne flute.
- Slowly pour Champagne into flute, pausing to let the foam subside. Continue filling until full.