22 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. 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.

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.

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 it 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. In fact, 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. 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. To make it even easier, 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. 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 presented in a comprehensive mimosa flight. However, the land of mimosa options doesn't end there. Enter the Apple Cider Mimosa. This unorthodox play on the traditional mimosa is nuanced and nostalgic in flavor, as 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 is 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.

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. 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. The classic recipe involves extra bubbly, chilled Champagne, Angostura bitters, and sugar. Traditionally, it's garnished with a lemon twist, a 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 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. 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 it 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." So how did it all begin? Well, after sipping on smooth absinthe one day in France, Hemingway 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 into 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

13. Champagne Bowler

With strawberries being available pretty much year-round at grocery stores, the Champagne Bowler is the perfect cocktail to sip whether you're ushering in spring or dreaming of warmer climes. A simple drink comprised of white wine (usually chardonnay or sauvignon blanc), cognac, Champagne, and strawberries, this is the tipple to sip when you're in the mood for something light, sweet, and bubbly. Unlike so many cocktails that use flavored syrups or juices, the Bowler gets its fruity flavor and color from fresh muddled strawberries. Those red berries not only make this a winning drink, but they also add a beautiful hue that makes it ideal for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

Dating back to the 1930s or 40s, this drink has everything one might want in a Champagne cocktail ... except for the headache. Since it's made up of lower ABV liquors, it's the ideal choice for brunch, lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between. And since it consists of only four ingredients, it's an easy choice if you're enjoying a drink with one or several of your closest friends.

14. Aperol Spritz

In recent years, the spritz has become the go-to cocktail for brunch, lunch, or an afternoon soirée. There are tons of varieties, but the granddaddy of them all is the original Aperol Spritz. It's the bright orange drink that's light, bubbly, and has a low ABV, making it the perfect alcoholic choice for lounging by the pool. 

Made up of just three ingredients, this sweet and slightly bitter apéritif has a bright, citrusy zing thanks to a couple of ounces of Aperol, its base spirit. Not sure if you're an apéritif fan? Aperol is a great introduction to this bitter world since it's the less acrid cousin of that other popular Italian aperitivo, Campari. 

Not only is this a stunning cocktail, but it's also easy to imbibe and effortless to make. No shaker or jigger is necessary since the whole cocktail can be built in an ice-filled goblet. While there are specific measurements, this is one of those drinks that can be eyeballed and still taste great. Garnish with a slice of orange, then relax and float away on all those bubbles.

15. Limoncello Spritz

If you're not into Aperol but still desire something bubbly and full of citrus flavor, the Limoncello Spritz might be just the drink you're looking for. Similar to its Aperol cousin, this spritz is also comprised of just three ingredients (limoncello, soda, and Champagne) and is full of that bright citrus flavor. But where the Aperol Spritz is orange based, the limoncello is, you guessed it, lemon based. That lemon flavor actually makes this an even lighter cocktail and is the perfect sipper for a spring or summer ladies' luncheon. While the limoncello definitely has a bit of a bite to it, this beautiful yellow liqueur isn't nearly as pungent as the popular orange apéritif.

Made of lemon peels, neutral alcohol, and sugar, limoncello is a wonderful digestif that can (and should) be enjoyed after a meal on its own, blended into sorbets or curds, or turned into the aforementioned spritz. While it originally hails from the Amalfi Coast, the Limoncello Spritz has become so popular, you can usually find it on menus all across Italy and beyond. 

16. Air Mail

Tiki drinks always make us think of sandy beaches and tropical locales thanks to the ounces and ounces of dark and light rum combined with complex mixtures of sweet and sour juices. They're brightly colored, come with stunning flower garnishes, usually pack a punch, and more often than not have several ingredients. In other words, they're complicated cocktails that are delightful to drink but a pain to create ... unless you're talking about the Air Mail.

Not often included in tiki tomes because of its simplicity and the fact that it's usually served in a coupe or flute, the Air Mail actually should be considered part of the tiki world. After all, it's got everything most of those classic tropical cocktails do: rum, lime juice, syrup, and even a fun garnish. Sounds a little like a mojito, doesn't it? But you know what takes this vintage cocktail to elevations far above that other classic? It replaces the soda with the significantly fancier Champagne. The final result is a strong, sophisticated drink that's way more interesting than your typical mojito or vodka soda, especially with a paper airplane clipped to the rim.

17. Black Velvet

Black velvet always makes us think of fancy dresses reserved for special occasions ... usually with awards. But it's also the name of a Champagne cocktail that combines two ingredients you would probably never consider drinking together unless you were a stout fan. That's right, this straightforward drink is made of equal parts Champagne and stout. While Guinness is the most obvious (and easily accessible) choice for a stout, you could go with your favorite dark beer or porter and have a simple yet regal-looking drink without ruining the cocktail's distinct flavor profile. 

And distinct it is. Even though there are plenty of two-ingredient Champagne cocktails out there, the Black Velvet stands alone in regard to taste. You may not think stout would be a good complement to Champagne but they actually go together quite well since the bitterness from the stout is evened out by the sweet, fruitiness of the Champagne. Add to that the thick "velvety" texture from the heavy beer and you have a drink that is smooth as silk. But we're not the only ones who think so. This dark tipple has been a popular choice around the world since 1861 when it was created to honor the passing of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.

18. Queen's Cousin

Keeping with the royal theme, this next Champagne cocktail was also created to commemorate a royal occasion. Only this one was much more festive. This time around, the royal family was celebrating a wedding rather than mourning an unexpected death. 

Created in 1950 for Queen Elizabeth's first cousin, Margaret Rhodes, this Champagne cocktail has all the earmarks of a classy drink. Not only is it made with Champagne, which is the liquor of choice when it comes to special celebrations, but it also includes vodka, lime juice, bitters, and not one, but two different kinds of orange liqueur. All that liquor means that this is a tipple meant to be sipped at weddings, awards shows, and anniversaries. 

A citrus-forward cocktail, the Queen's Cousin is a nice alternative to that other orange-heavy Champagne drink, the mimosa. But be warned — because this tipple is mostly liquor, it's going to pack a much stronger punch than the popular brunch favorite.

19. Jimmie Roosevelt

We've covered several sweeter Champagne cocktails, but if you prefer something a little more herbaceous, then the Jimmie Roosevelt is the drink for you. Out of all the fizzy tipples we've discussed, the Jimmie Roosevelt bears a close resemblance to the Champagne cocktail since it also uses a sugar cube to add a little sweetness to an otherwise dry glass of bubbly. But that sugar cube is where the sweetness ends. The rest of the ingredients firmly plant this 1930s drink in the herbal category. 

Created by Charles H. Baker while he was hanging out with his friends Colonel Jimmie Roosevelt and Grant Mason, Baker decided to add not only bitters to his glass of Champagne but cognac and green Chartreuse as well. It's the Chartreuse that gives this stunning sipper a distinctly vegetable flavor since the liquor itself is made up of 130 different plants. We can't tell you what any of those plants or spices are though because the recipe is a mystery. A mystery that only adds intrigue and delight to all who sip the elixir. But those herbal notes aren't the only benefit. Those 130 herbs, plants, and spices turn the liquor a gorgeous green which it imparts upon the Roosevelt. As a matter of fact, if you build the drink the way Baker intended, you'll end up with a lovely layer of green that will provide plenty of oohs and ahhs from anyone imbibing.

20. Empress 75

We've all heard of the classic French 75. You know, that gin and Champagne cocktail made with lemon juice and a little sugar? It's a delicious drink that's perfect for spring, summer, and the occasional celebration. While the classic is terrific, if you want to turn this drink into a show-stopping stunner, make it purple. How do you turn the translucent cocktail into something the Easter Bunny would be proud of without using food coloring? Simply replace the classic crystal clear gin with Empress 1908.

Empress 1908 is that stunning floral gin that's making its mark in the cocktail world, not just because of its flavor but because of its deep indigo color. Like most gins out there, Empress is made with juniper berries. But what puts Empress in a class by itself is that the distillers added butterfly pea blossom to its list of botanicals which not only gives the gin an earthy quality but also imbues it with that beautiful color. A color that changes depending on what other ingredients are added to the liquor. 

If you simply use ice or soda, the gin turns a brilliant blue, but add tonic or citrus and you get a lovely lavender. It's the citrus in the French 75 that turns this drink that pretty purple and makes it a definite winner for any occasion.

21. Tiffany Mimosa

One of the most recognizable colors on the color wheel is robin's egg blue. It's that brilliant baby blue that means one thing to women everywhere, especially when it adorns a small box: a gorgeous piece of jewelry could be in her future. But it's also the perfect color for Easter, a bridal shower, or a baby shower, which means this mimosa is just the cocktail to serve on those special occasions. Since the color is most often associated with Tiffany's jewelry store, it makes sense that this brunch cocktail has been dubbed the Tiffany Mimosa. 

But how do you turn the mimosa blue? While some Champagne cocktails call for harder liquors like gin or rum, this mimosa adds low-ABV blue curaçao to its ingredient list to give it that bright blue hue. Simply pour the curaçao and a splash of lemonade into a sugar-rimmed flute, top with Champagne, and voila, this eye-catching cocktail is ready to go. And if you truly believe that a mimosa just isn't a mimosa without orange juice, don't worry. While the curaçao may be blue, it still has that tart, orange flavor associated with the classic dry curaçao liqueur.

22. Sgroppino

Who doesn't love ice cream? On a warm day, there's nothing better. (Sometimes on a cold day as well.) But add that ice cream to a drink and it's a whole new world. While the most common ice cream beverage is the old-fashioned milkshake, the creamy frozen treat has been added to liquids for decades. We have the affogato, the ice cream soda, the root beer float ... the list goes on and on. But have you ever added ice cream to your cocktails? While boozy milkshakes are nothing new, a drink you may not be as familiar with is the Sgroppino.

Another Italian-born cocktail, the Sgroppino was created as a palate cleanser that was served during or immediately following dinner. Unlike the milkshake which uses heavier ice cream, the Sgroppino uses sorbet or Italian ice making it a considerably lighter option. But lighter doesn't necessarily mean less potent. On the contrary, unlike those other Italian Prosecco cocktails, the Sgroppino packs quite a punch. Yes, this sweet interlude is made with Prosecco and sorbet, but then a shot of vodka is added to create the ultimate boozy treat.