9 Delicious Champagne Cocktails to Try This Summer
- October 12, 2018
- By Admin: Our Big Fun Party
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It might be a traditional ‘celebration’ drink, but sometimes you have to take things a little further with the bubbly.
Champagne cocktails are what you’ve been waiting for (all your life). They’re fun to make – not to mention exciting, extravagant, and exotic.
So go on, treat yourself. It could be for a wedding, bachelor(ette) party, New Year’s Eve, or anything else.
Grab yourself a great bottle of bubbly, splash out on some fancy glasses, get all your other ingredients together, and let’s get mixing.
Oh, and if you don’t want to waste expensive champagne on cocktails you can use prosecco or another sparkling equivalent.
Good news if all you have is a $2.07 million dollar bottle lying around somewhere…
Here are 10 delicious champagne cocktails to try this summer.
1. Blushing Mimosa
A nice light juice-based drink to start the evening.
Fill the champagne flute 2/3 of the way with a mix of 2 parts orange juice to 1 part pineapple juice. Top up with champagne, then add 2 tablespoons of grenadine.
Serve with a slice of bitter orange or lemon to complement the sweetness of the juice – you might also want to add a few drops of lemon juice in the drink to taste.
2. Champagne Margaritas
Stock up on limes and good quality salt flakes – you’ll need them. Because you’ll always find yourself going back for a little top-up.
Mix 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime with 1/2 cup orange liqueur in a large jug. Add 1 cup silver tequila. Top tip to avoid a sore head in the morning – don’t get cheap tequila! Pour a whole bottom of champagne into the jug and let the whole thing cool in the fridge.
When serving, run lime wedges around the rims of the glasses, and then dip the rims in your salt flakes. Add a generous handful of ice to glasses before pouring your cocktails.
3. Drunk Jack Frosties
Also suitable for winter – though we think it makes an awesome refreshing drink for hot weather. Maybe we just need to come up with a new name for it during the summer?
Use a blender to grind up 3 cups of ice mixed with 1 cup vodka, 1 cup champagne, 1/2 cup Blue Curacao, 1/2 cup still lemonade. Once it’s been blended into a slushie texture, run a lemon wedge along your glasses and dip in fine sugar.
Pour the drinks and serve. Enjoy!
4. Death in the Afternoon
Bear with us. It’s nicer than it sounds.
Mix up 1 1/2 oz. absinthe into a champagne flute, and add ice cold champagne until the mixture turns cloudy. That’ll probably be near to the top.
Since it contains absinthe, we don’t need to warn you that it’s rather strong, so you might want to consider adding some ice so that it becomes watered down a little bit over time.
No absinthe? Use absente.
5. Planet of the Grapes
Grape name, right?
And no, we’re not sorry for the pun.
First up, you need to make a syrup. Boil 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a 1-quart saucepan. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, and remember to stir constantly to avoid burning. Burnt sugar smells awful, and you’ll have to start over.
Once that’s done, stir in 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers, and the zest of one lemon. Let it cool and strain it.
Pour 1/2 oz of the syrup you’ve just made into an ice-filled shaker, and top with 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz Pavan liqueur, and 3/4 oz vodka. These are the ingredients for one drink, you can probably fit two into a single shaker. So double up if you need to make a bunch of these.
Shake well and strain into a flute, then top with ice-cold champagne. Edible flowers make a nice garnish, but they’re totally optional.
6. Black Velvet
Here’s one for beer fans that’s dead simple, but it’s creamy, luxurious, and absolutely delicious.
Half-fill a tall, straight, thin glass with stout, and top it up with champagne. Pour slowly to avoid exciting the stout – or you’ll have to wait for it to settle back down.
Told you it was easy. That’s it. Enjoy, then come back for another.
7. Air Mail
Light, naturally sweet, cold – perfect for summer.
Make sure you put your glasses and shaker in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before your guests arrive.
Mix 2 oz of golden rum with 1/2 oz lime juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 5 oz brut champagne with smashed ice, give it a good shake and pour into a tall glass. If there’s any space left, top it up with a little extra champagne.
8. Tequila Sunrise Mimosa
Grab (but don’t mix) 1 bottle of champagne, a cup of OJ (add a little extra if you like, or mix with grapefruit juice for a bite), 2 oz of tequila and a bottle of grenadine.
Rub orange wedges around the edges of your flutes, and rub the rims in sugar.
Pour 1 oz tequila into each flute then half fill it with champagne, before topping it off with OJ and a drop or two of grenadine.
Serve with a chunk of ice and a slice of orange.
Another simple one.
Pour 1/2 oz of brandy and a teaspoon of Grand Marnier into a champagne flute then fill to the brim with champagne.
Serve ice cold.
Champagne Cocktails = Party Fun
You’re now well-versed in the art of champagne cocktails. Don’t stress out once the party starts – prepare jugs of your favorite beforehand so you’ve got more time for fun.
And that’s not all we’ve got for you.
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