If you’re hosting a party or a cocktail hour and would like to serve some light, but enjoyable drinks, champagne cocktails are a great choice. Consider preparing one or more of these champagne cocktail recipes, which vary from sweet to dry.
Cranberry Orange Fizz
This cocktail is made with demi-sec champagne, which is a sweeter champagne, though not the sweetest. The bright citrus flavor and hint of tartness from the cranberry juice make it a good choice on a summer evening. The recipe makes a whole pitcher of cocktails.
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
- 1 bottle demi-sec champagne, chilled
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
Place the sliced orange and the fresh cranberries in the bottom of a pitcher. Muddle them with a pestal or large spoon. Pour in the cranberry juice, followed by the champagne. Pour into champagne flutes to serve.
Strawberry and Pineapple Breeze
This cocktail boasts fresh flavors, but it’s not as sweet as you might assume, since it’s made with an extra dry champagne. The recipe makes one individual cocktail, but it’s easy to mix up these drinks one after another.
- 2 tablespoons strawberry puree
- 1 ounce pineapple juice, chilled
- 1 dash bitters
- 4 ounces extra dry champagne, chilled
Pour the pineapple juice and bitters into a champagne flute, and add the champagne. Stir gently, and then pour the strawberry puree in gently. Serve before the puree has a chance to incorporate into the drink; this makes for a pretty presentation.
Old Fashioned Cognac Cocktail
If the occasion calls for something classy, mix up a round of these classic cognac cocktails. This recipe tends to appeal to an older crowd.
- 4 ounces brut champagne, chilled
- 1 ounce Cognac
- 3 drops bitters
- 1 sugar cube
Place the drops of bitters on the sugar cube, and place it in the bottom of a champagne glass. Pour the cognac into the glass, followed by the champagne.
This champagne cocktail is prepared like a punch. Make it in a large bowl, and let guests serve themselves in cute punch glasses. It’s great for a large party, as you can make 30 or more servings all at once.
- 1/2 cup raspberry liqueur
- 1/4 cup lemon vodka
- 1 quart orange juice
- 1 quart lemonade
- 2 bottles semi-sweet champagne
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 lemon, sliced thinly
Combine the lemon vodka, raspberry liqueur, orange juice, and lemonade in a large punch bowl. Give the mixture a gentle stir, and then slowly add the champagne. Garnish the punch with the raspberries and lemon slices before setting it out for guests to help themselves.
Champagne Mint Julep
Another non-sweet champagne cocktail, this one is perfect for a formal dinner or high-class cocktail party. It calls for extra-brut champagne, which is the driest available. If you prefer a slightly less dry champagne, feel tree to use brut or extra dry.
- 3 – 4 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- 1 shot bourbon
- 4 ounces extra-brut champagne, chilled
Add the mint leaves and sugar to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle well, using a pestal. Fill the shaker with ice, and add the shot of bourbon. Shake well, and then strain into a collins glass. Top with the champagne, garnish with additional mint leaves if desired, and serve.
When you make champagne cocktails, you don’t have to worry about having a whole selection of ingredients on hand. These recipes appeal to an array of palates and make for a simple and delicious drink selection at your next party.