I love Champagne with a steely tang that brings all my taste buds alive, that makes anyone’s mood a good one — and that makes me hungry for a few salty nuts or practically any rich mouthful. Same goes, at least for me, when it comes to margaritas: tangy is enlivening, sweet really isn’t.
And, if you put the two together — a bracing Champagne and a limey margarita — you’ve got what I’d consider the best of both sides of the Atlantic.
- Zest of 1 lime, finely grated, plus ½ for moistening the glass rims
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup Cointreau
- 1 cup 100% agave silver tequila, preferably Cazadores, Herradura, or Tres Generaciones
- Superfine sugar, if needed, for added sweetness
- Salt, for rimming the glasses
- 1 bottle chilled brut Champagne or other sparkling white wine
In a pitcher, combine the lime zest, lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila. Taste the base; if you like the bracing flavor (it will be quite tart), leave the mixture as is; if it’s too tart for you, stir in a little superfine sugar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
To serve, strain the mixture to remove the zest. Moisten the rims of eight 6-ounce champagne glasses with the cut side of the lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, and then dip the glasses into the salt to crust the rims. Fill each glass half way with the margarita base (it’ll take a generous 1/3 cup). Slowly fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine, then hand to one of your lucky guests.
Hey ya’ll! I’m back with you. Christmas break is over. And I’m getting us ready for the next holiday! New Years Eve. It’ll be here before we know it. Champagne is the usual way to ring in the New Year. That classy, bubbly drink. I came across this wonderful idea of a Champagne Margarita and knew that’s what we would need to make here for our Texas New Year. Is there anything more Texan than a margarita? I think it’s possible that’s the state drink. Do they assign state drinks? They should. So this Champagne Margarita is the perfect choice for celebrating 2016.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Our Christmas was pretty low key. Just us and the four little ones. Little Miss is 2 and a half and she had a BLAST opening up her presents. Lil bubba man just wanted to eat the wrapping paper. And the older girls made out with tons of new clothes and gifts upon gifts from their many grandparents. The hubs and I bonded in the kitchen cooking up a rather spectacular feast for everyone. He makes this ahhh-mazing $50 mac and cheese, we call it that since we actually spend $50 on cheeses for it. And my brisket turned out nearly perfect. A little tweaking and I will hopefully have a recipe for you for Texas style brisket that can be made in the oven. When it’s perfected I’m pretty sure the skies will open and we will all hear angels singing.
Can we talk for a moment about the lime sugar? Ummm…I may have developed a love for adding zest to my sugar lately. Orange Cranberry Bread ringing a bell?? So I decided to add a little lime zest to the sugar for my margaritas. Some do salt. I like mine sweet. Surprise, surprise. I know.
Now we’re all set for New Years! So raise your champagne margarita and cheers!
Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch
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The cranberry elderflower Champagne punch puts a floral spin on the typical fruity mix. It gets the sweet taste of elderflowers from a few ounces of St. Germain liqueur and it's a lovely blend.
For this recipe, the elderflower is paired with cranberry. You can easily give it a lighter profile by pouring white cranberry juice instead of the typical red. It also adds a light soda to enhance the sparkle.
How Do You Make This Champagne Cocktail?
A Champagne cocktail is an actual drink recipe. Typically made with sugar, bitters, brandy and champagne. But the there&rsquos the term &ldquochampagne cocktails&rdquo which means any cocktail that&rsquos made with champagne. So it can get confusing, but we are here to help!
For this Island Champagne Cocktail recipe, all you need to do is mix the fruit juices together with the amaretto in a small jar or pitcher.You can do this ahead of time if you&rsquore making these drinks for a party or brunch. Just stash the pitcher in the refrigerator until you&rsquore ready to serve.
Now pour the juice mixture into the bottom of each of 4 glasses and then top with champagne or prosecco.
Garnish this tropical champagne cocktail with a big wedge of pineapple. If you want to get fancy, you can add a leaf from the pineapple too and maybe even some fresh cranberries.
Even if you&rsquore not heading off to your favorite island vacation, these Island Champagne Cocktails will make you feel like you are!
The color of these cocktails are so pretty, it reminds me of a sunset on the beach. Even if it&rsquos the dead of winter you&rsquoll still find us making these champagne drinks, because we want to at least pretend like we&rsquore feeling that sunshine!
Unless you're making a drink where the flavor of the Champagne really matters (like the Classic Champagne Cocktail), generally, inexpensive alternatives such as Cava, Sekt, Prosecco or California sparkling wine work well.
Always pour the mixers in first, then top off with Champagne to avoid fizzy overflow.
This one's a brunch classic. Increase the flavor by using a 1:5 ratio of freshly-squeezed orange juice to Champagne. Then add a splash of triple sec.
The fancy cousin to the made-with-white-wine Kir, the Kir Royale consists of a dash of creme de cassis (currant syrup), topped off with Champagne.
Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice, the Bellini is best when made with ripe peaches. If peaches aren't in season, try creme de peche (peach syrup). Use a 1:4 ratio of syrup to prosecco.
This is an easy and strangely delicious drink with a 4:1 ratio of Champagne to black Irish stout.
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Traditionally made from absinthe, a spirit now illegal in the United States, in a 0.5:5 ratio to Champagne, you can probably substitute pastis or another anise-flavored liqueur.
For a holiday brunch, make Poinsettias: a 1:4 ratio of triple sec to Champagne, with a splash of cranberry juice added for color.
Named for the British Admiral George Nelson, this makes a great, if slightly morbid-sounding, party drink. The recipe calls for a 5:1 ratio of Champagne to tawny Port.
Moving on to the slightly more complicated ones.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Soak a sugar cube in bitters, drop it into a flute, fill the flute with Champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon. This classic drink dates back to at least the mid-19th century.
There are a number of French 75 recipes floating around the only thing people agree on is that it's a serious drink with serious ramifications. Here's the classic: a splash of simple syrup, a bigger splash of lemon juice, an even bigger splash (about an ounce) of gin, topped off with a glassful of Champagne.
These champagne cocktails are perfect for serving at New Year’s Eve parties. I love serving them with some delicious appetizers. Here are some of my favorites!
These champagne cocktails are DEFINITELY best served right away. As they sit, the champagne bubbles will flatten and the drink won’t be nearly as good.
If you have leftover champagne, put a bubble stopper in the bottle immediately and place it in the fridge. Leftover juices and garnishes can be stored in separate containers in the fridge.
10 Champagne Cocktails That Are So Good You'll Never Stop Saying "Cheers"
These holiday recipes will work for any brunch, lunch, or dinner you have from now until New Year's Day.
Nothing says "it's time to celebrate" like a champagne flute filled with bubbly. Whether you're getting ready for a holiday party (bring on the sparkly outfits!) or playing host yourself, a fizzy drink is the perfect accessory. But just because regular champagne is the traditional star of the holiday season doesn't mean you can't mix things up this year &mdash and by mix things up, we mean create your own delicious champagne cocktail.
To help you step up your holiday game, we've rounded up the best champagne cocktails anyone can make. These recipes include all of the great flavors of the season, from cranberry and rosemary to ginger beer and chocolate stout. Stir them up before a Christmas party, dole them out at New Year's brunch, or kick back with one on any day in between. And for more drink ideas, check out these Christmas cocktail recipes.
Champagne cocktail recipes, with rum
Shake the rum, the juice and the syrup with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled white wine glass and fill with sparkling wine.
Shake ingredients (except champagne) with cracked ice and pour into a collins glass. Fill with champagne.
Mix ingredients and serve.
Pour orange curacao into a champagne flute, add dark rum, and fill with champagne (preferably brut).
Shake all but champagne, and strain into a wine glass. Add the champagne.
Shake white rum, charleston follies and lemon juice with ice. Strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with champagne, garnish with a slice of lemon, and serve.
Chill all ingredients (except champagne) and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, and serve.
Pour into a champagne flute, add a twist of orange peel, and serve.
Shake all ingredients (except champagne) well over ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a champagne flute, carefully fill with champagne, and serve.
Chambord and Champagne Cocktail
(19 votes, average: 4.63 out of 5)
- Author: Sonja Overhiser
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1 x
- Diet: Vegan
Here’s a effortlessly easy cocktail recipe: Chambord and champagne! Mixing the two makes a bubbly and sophisticated berry-flavored drink.
- 3/4 ounce ( 1 1/2 tablespoons ) Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
- 4 ounces ( 1/2 cup ) champagne
- For the garnish: raspberries
- Pour the Chambord into a glass. Top it off the with the champagne.
- Garnish with raspberries if desired. Serve immediately.
Keywords: Chambord and champagne
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