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"Over a hundred years old and still made the same way, this sophisticated winter drink features cognac, brown sugar and angostura bitters topped with Champagne.."

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Classic Champange Cocktail

A French staple, the Classic Champagne Cocktail consists of a single demerara sugar cube, soaked in angostura bitters, submerged in a shot of cognac and topped with champagne.

Method

Chill your champagne glass in the freezer or fill it with ice.

After around 4-5 minutes, take your chilled glass out of the freezer or empty it of ice.

Place your sugar cube in the bottom of the glass, and soak it with a few good dashes of Angostura bitters.

Using your jigger to measure, add the cognac to your glass before topping with chilled champagne.

Garnish with an orange twist.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Ice

History

Considered the first evolved drink by drink historian David Wondrich, the Champagne Cocktail dates back to 1850. This cocktail is from a period before cocktails and their recipes started being recorded, making it one of the first to be written down in its form and talked about in the media at the time. It was probably drunk long before the first written example was found but after that it’s popularity grew and the cocktail spread quickly across the states.

Pop Fiction Fact: Humphry Bogart was drinking a Champagne Cocktail in Casablanca when he delivered the line ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’.

Allergens
Contains sulphites
Ingredients

1 Demerara Sugar Cube

2-4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

25ml Cognac

Champagne

Orange Twist to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

87 Calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Chill your champagne glass in the freezer or fill it with ice.

After around 4-5 minutes, take your chilled glass out of the freezer or empty it of ice.

Place your sugar cube in the bottom of the glass, and soak it with a few good dashes of Angostura bitters.

Using your jigger to measure, add the cognac to your glass before topping with chilled champagne.

Garnish with an orange twist.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Ice

History

Considered the first evolved drink by drink historian David Wondrich, the Champagne Cocktail dates back to 1850. This cocktail is from a period before cocktails and their recipes started being recorded, making it one of the first to be written down in its form and talked about in the media at the time. It was probably drunk long before the first written example was found but after that it’s popularity grew and the cocktail spread quickly across the states.

Pop Fiction Fact: Humphry Bogart was drinking a Champagne Cocktail in Casablanca when he delivered the line ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’.

Allergens
Contains sulphites
Recommended

The Champagne Cocktail is a French classic. Over a hundred years old and still made the same way, this sophisticated winter drink features cognac, brown sugar and angostura bitters topped with Champagne or a sparkling wine of your choice.

This drink is a great way to start off proceedings or the perfect option to inject a little class and glamour into a bar hire. The Champagne cocktail would go well on a classics oriented menu and could feature brilliantly alongside other cognac cocktails like the Sidecar.

Another French classic, the Sidecar, is a sour style mixture of cognac, triple sec and lemon juice served with a brown sugar rim. This drink exudes classical style and sophistication and is a great partner to the cognac based Champagne cocktail.

If you want to feature other sparkling wine cocktails on your menu there’s a whole host to choose from. The strong flavour of cognac and bitters in a Champagne cocktail may not be to everyone’s tastes so something light and fruity like a Twinkle might be perfect to accompany it.

The Twinkle features lemon juice, vodka and elderflower cordial topped with prosecco or champagne and has a much more floral and summery flavour compared to its rich, cognac based cousin.

If you’re interested in including a Champagne Cocktail on your menu and want to know more about some other drinks that could pair well with it, be sure to speak to your event organiser, or check out some other cognac based, wintery, or sparkling wine cocktails from our list.

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