12 Cocktails To Try If You Like Drinking Champagne

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The mere "pop" of a Champagne bottle usually indicates a celebration and is often a marker of triumphant success. In fact, this effervescent spirit has upheld its glamorous essence since 496 A.D., per the official Champagne website. Vast champagne vineyards in France have always supplied overflowing amounts of bubbles for royal banquets that noble kings and queens attended. Fast-forward to the 12th century and beyond, and "champ" was used to toast the outcomes of revolutions and signings of treaties, not to mention grand royal weddings. Many define it as "the drink of unity," harmoniously coalescing large crowds for various occasions. Even acclaimed old Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe developed an unwavering passion for the sparkling drink, which typically exudes subtle apple, pear, and citrus aromas, according to The Spruce Eats.

Now, it's relatively safe to assume that Champagne will always remain a sort of jubilant, ceremonial drink. It's a true delight to drink on its own. However, mixologists have pushed the boundaries with Champagne simply due to its crisp, dry palate, and have created many cocktails around it. Many of us won't turn down a classic orange juice mimosa at a cheery Sunday brunch, but don't be fooled — the universe of champagne cocktails extends well beyond this. If you enjoy a good glass of bubbly, here are 12 cocktails we're positive you'll fancy.

1. French 75

Even if your taste buds don't dance to the pine-forward essence of gin, we're convinced you'll still adore the classic French 75 — an amalgamation of gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and homemade simple syrup, topped with champagne bubbles.

According to Liquor.com, this classic cocktail first made bold headlines in 1927 when Prohibition was at its peak. Once it was featured in the iconic "The Savoy Cocktail Book" in 1930, the rest was history, making it a staple in any bartender's cocktail repertoire. The French 75 is intrinsically light and refreshing due to the hint of citrus, and often a "hero" drink on any brunch menu. We should also mention that it's alarmingly easy to make — a divine drink of choice if you're hosting a baby shower, bachelorette party, or, heck, any celebration in general! Our pro tip is to prep the lemon-gin base beforehand, so you easily pour it into flutes and immediately top off with champagne upon serving.

2. St Germain Champagne Cocktail

If you prefer delicate, invigorating cocktails that exude floral notes, then the St. Germain Champagne Cocktail is for you. It features one of the most luxurious liquors available, which is also recognized as every "bartender's ketchup" — French elderflower. One sip is a sweet nod to springtime and fresh floral blooms. According to Liquor.com, a whole bottle of elderflower liqueur usually contains up to 1,000 blossoms!

As for the St. Germain cocktail itself, it's a simple blend of dry Champagne, sweet St. Germain, and club soda, usually topped with an elegant lemon peel twist, according to The Washington Post. The combination of these specific ingredients is very similar to the popular Aperol Spritz, which converges a low-ABV liqueur with a bubbly drink. Many say that the dichotomy between the luscious elderflower liqueur and dry Champagne makes for a perfectly balanced cocktail, specifically enjoyable outside on the porch during the springtime or warmer summer months.

3. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

The Cranberry Champagne Cocktail might be too pretty to drink up. Its vibrant red hues automatically put it in the festive category. It's a divine fall or winter entertainment treat that will surely wow the crowds, and only takes around five minutes to prepare. According to Food Network, you only need to stock up on four main ingredients. That includes sweetened cranberry juice, Champagne of your choice, and limes, along with frozen cranberries to garnish your chilled Champagne flutes. You can also opt to gently toss in a few fresh rosemary sprigs for an extra holiday flair.

Now, if you do a non-extensive internet search, you'll come across slight variations of this captivating cocktail, including what is known as the Poinsettia, a citrus-forward blend of Cointreau, Champagne, and cranberry juice with a similar flavor palette (via A Couple Cooks). No matter what recipe you choose, this fragrant drink is an artful masterpiece that all Champagne lovers treasure.

4. Apple Cider Mimosa

It's no secret that the world of mimosas is now a bit more experimental. Instead of the traditional orange juice, we're oftentimes not surprised to see grapefruit, guava, and cranberry alternatives, usually presented in a comprehensive mimosa flight. However, the land of mimosa options doesn't end there. Enter in the Apple Cider Mimosa. According to Well Plated by Erin, this unorthodox play on the traditional mimosa is nuanced and nostalgic in flavor. The dryness of the Champagne stabilizes the sweetness from the apple cider and the celebratory cinnamon-sugar rim.

To prepare, all you need to do is douse your Champagne flute rim in a cinnamon-sugar mixture and pour a bit of brandy, dry Champagne, and apple cider into each glass. Lastly, garnish with a fresh apple slice. To achieve a distinctly homemade feel, you can attempt to make your own cider, but we can't guarantee a quick turnaround time.

Unlike other party-centric Champagne cocktails, this one feels more intimate and best consumed in a smaller gathering around the fireplace. The warm, soothing spices in tandem with Champagne bubbles makes this cocktail a fall or winter essential.

5. Marasca Fizz

The classic Marasca Fizz cocktail is a bright and cheery drink that's perfect for fans of Shirley Temples or maraschino cherries who share a mutual love for Champagne and all things bubbly. In fact, it's so cheery that it's an excellent pick for toasting during any New Year's Eve bash. Since it consists of some "hard-to-come-by" ingredients, we recommend planning ahead if you're determined to concoct this bubbly, sweeter delight.

According to Food & Wine, to assemble this drink, you'll start by lining a Champagne flute with maraschino cherry syrup and superfine sugar. Then, you'll sprinkle Angostura Bitters over a few sugar cubes, followed by combining cherry liqueur (A.K.A. Cherry Heering), maraschino cherries, and a bit more of the cherry syrup. To finish your Marasca Fizz, gently pour in a dry, chilled Champagne, along with the bittered sugar cubes, and voilà. Now you have a sensational cocktail to share, perfect for any festive celebration!

6. Classic Champagne Cocktail

This precisely fizzy drink resembles the "high-society" times, and it's a classic cocktail that's making a comeback, according to Chron. Believe it or not, millennials are ordering more classic Champagne cocktails now, most likely due to its refined appeal in quaint social settings. Visually, it's a piece of art, and yet, so simple to concoct. According to Homemade Hooplah, the classic recipe involves extra bubbly, chilled Champagne, Angostura bitters, and sugar. Traditionally, it's garnished with a lemon twist, zap of bourbon, or an optional maraschino cherry.

As far as what type of Champagne to use, it's recommended to opt for a dryer Champagne bottle to balance the added sugar's sweetness. When it comes to taste, you'll most likely pick up a rare type of tart sweetness that is most definitely revitalizing. Like most other Champagne cocktails, this one should be consumed in a classic glass flute for the most optimal drinking experience.

7. Champagne Punch Bellini

If you're about to dine at any American restaurant with a full bar, usually you'll see a traditional peach bellini on the cocktail menu. In short, a bellini is simply any type of fruit in tandem with Champagne, but peach is usually the most popular. However, if you're in search of something a bit more celebratory, perhaps for a birthday bash or brunch with the girls, the Champagne punch bellini is a sweet showstopper. According to Blogger Crazy For Crust, this sparkling beverage only contains two main ingredients: Champagne and any flavor of sorbet or sherbet (although raspberry seems to be the most accessible).

To create this decadent masterpiece, just pour the Champagne into a tall flute, and top off with a heaping spoonful of fruity sorbet. Then garnish with the respective fruit and even a dainty mint leaf if you're feeling extra decorative. We guarantee this is the easiest and most visually appealing Champagne cocktail you'll come by.

8. Death in the Afternoon

This deliciously milky cocktail is unlike any other Champagne beverage out there, and that's because the great Ernest Hemingway conceptualized it. Death in the Afternoon is a product of wild imagination and a nod to the classic 1935 cocktail book, "So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon," according to Liquor.com. So how did it all begin? Well, after sipping on smooth absinthe one day in France, Ernest created this two-ingredient cocktail that might be best consumed on Halloween due to its spooky, green body.

To assemble, pour a bit of absinthe in a glass and slowly pour in chilled Champagne until the consistency becomes visibly milky. Quick chemistry 101 — the compounds of the absinthe instantly crowd together when alcohol dilutes it, which automatically ignites a cloudy and opaque consistency! So if you decide to drink a Death in the Afternoon, we suggest drinking it nice and slow on a day without concrete plans, hence the name.

9. Old Cuban

The classic Old Cuban can be viewed as an "upgraded" play on the conventional mojito. It still incorporates muddled mint, but with a few modifications, such as adding aged rum versus white rum. According to Liquor.com, the Old Cuban was invented by Audrey Saunders, a New York-based cocktail aficionado. Essentially, the Old Cuban is a hybrid between the dazzling French 75 and a mojito, employing vibrant, nuanced flavors that create the ultimate refreshing Champagne-based cocktail.

To make this lavish drink, start by muddling fresh mint leaves with quality aged rum, according to the recipe on Food Network. Then pepper in lime juice, Angostura bitters, and homemade simple syrup. Once the ice is added, shake it together, and pour the mixture into a champagne flute, omitting the ice, but allowing bits of the fresh mint to fall in. Top with a Champagne of your choice, garnish with additional mint sprigs, and enjoy your traditional Old Cuban.

10. Bérèche You

If you're in the mood to elevate the Classic Champagne Cocktail to accentuate the intrinsic essence of Champagne, then pick up a bottle of Bérèche et Fils Les Beaux Regards Champagne to create the bona fide Bérèche You, created by Jim Meehan at Tasting Table. Meehan describes this chardonnay-centric Champagne as a fruit-forward blend with notes of green apple, apricot, and lemon that has a hint of ginger spice.

All you need is Laird's Apple Brandy, fresh lemon juice, raw honey syrup, Bérèche et Fils Les Beaux, and a bit of grated nutmeg to assemble this wondrous potion of intense flavor. Again, the ingredients in this cocktail are intentional and meant to amplify this Champagne's natural flavors, and certainly will impress any mixologist or sommelier. Although it's slightly sweet from the apple brandy, a certain warmth to this festive cocktail makes it optimal for drinking during the fall or winter months.

11. Kir Royale

The traditional Kir Royale is possibly the swankiest Champagne cocktail on this list. With just one small sip, you'll feel like taking a brisk trip to Paris to absorb the romantic scenery from the Pont des Arts. In all seriousness, if you're in the mood for something bubbly and quite elegant, the Kir Royale should be your drink of choice.

According to Food Network, you only need two ingredients: chilled Champagne (of course) and Creme de Cassis liqueur. If you're wondering what this fruity liquor tastes like, it's concocted by infusing neutral grain spirit with freshly crushed black currants. The flavor profile is naturally tart, yet slightly earthy and spicy, according to VinePair. When combining this luxurious dark liquid with sparkling Champagne, you'll get a well-rounded berry sweetness, garnering a bright pink color from the currant. The Kir Royale is feminine, fine, and considerably flirty — a drink to enjoy with the girls or with your Valentine's date.

12. B2C2

American soldiers first conceptualized this potent blend of bold liqueurs during World War ll in France. According to Esquire, when the Germans retreated, the Americans heard through the grapevine that there was a load of top-shelf abandoned booze secretly stored in a cave. What they stumbled upon were the key ingredients used to neatly construct one of the fieriest Champagne cocktails in our roundup: the B2C2. The B2 represents brandy (cognac) and Benedictine. The C2 stands for the Cointreau and Brut Champagne, adding up to be an intrepid blend. It's definitely not meant for the tender-hearted. 

Instead of pouring it into a classic flute, the traditional B2C2 should be sipped in an old-fashioned glass — and the keyword here is "sipped." Nonetheless, this bold and rich cocktail that embodies a masculine quintessence makes a calming nightcap, especially in intimate settings. We're sure the B2C2 will quickly warm you up and obliterate any chill on a winter night.