Change up the bubbly celebration with these champagne cocktail ideas

30 December, 2017

Our friends Hooch put out an awesome list of champagne cocktails to give a try tonight or anytime. Some classics (with a twist), some crazy, but all of them tested and DME approved!

Classic Champagne Cocktail



Ok, not the craziest to start out but we're always surprised how many people have not had this classic twist of the simple glass of bubbly!


1 sugar cube
Angostura bitters (trust us, it's magic in this mix)
Lemon or orange twist, for garnish

This is a similar cocktail recipe to the Old Fashioned. The origin of the name comes from the recipe of how the first cocktail was ever made. And so, in bubbly fashion, we bring you the Classic Champagne Cocktail. Place a sugar cube into the champagne flute, then add a few drops of bitters to soak the cube. Pour the champagne in and add a citrus twist for garnish, then toast!


Black Velvet



We are huge Guinness fans so this one may seem crazy to some and must have for a few! Include us in the few.


4 oz chilled Champagne or prosecco
2 oz chilled Guinness Extra Stout

To beer or not to beer, that is the question. Well, with this cocktail, there is no need to question. This simple cocktail requires just two ingredients: Guinness beer and champagne. The champagne gives the rich stout an extra fizzy kick. Simply pour the champagne into the flute first, then top with Guinness.


Pomegranate Kir Royale



Pom is still pretty hot right now. This was the first one we actually tried in our "experiment" kitchen and we're happy to report - it was awesome!


5 pomegranate seeds  (making this actually healthy?)
1 oz pomegranate liqueur
4 oz Champagne, prosecco, cava, or any dry sparkling wine

Duck face selfies don’t have to be the only place for puckering lips, as this mouth-puckering cocktail is a sexy mixture of red liqueur, pomegranate seeds and bubbles. Pour the seeds into the flute, add the liqueur and top off with the bubbly stuff. Now you’re all set to give your guests something to toast about.


Rock Candy Champagne



Drinker beware! Sugar in champagne is what causes the hurt the next day so adding more sugar on top of sugar gets dicey BUT rock candy looks so cool!


Rock candy sticks

Sweet celebrations are around, and it starts with your pinky up on a champagne flute. This easy recipe is one way to add a sparkle to your drinks to feel a little fancy. Just add a rock candy stick to your flute, then top off with champagne.


Champagne Mojitos



There's a little prep with this one but holy moly what an awesome twist. Materials to have on hand: Saucepan, muddler


¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 ½ cups packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs, for garnish
6 limes, cut into wedges
2 cups light rum
Crushed ice
3 cups Champagne or sparkling wine
Mint leaves, for garnish

The New Year’s Day lands on a Monday, so it is only so natural to ring in the year to Mojito Mondays! For this sparkling rendition of a mojito, start with making the simple syrup. Put the sugar and water in a saucepan, heat the mixture on medium-high and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Bring this mixture to room temperature, then add it to a pitcher, along with the mint leaves and lime. Muddle, then add the rum and stir. Strain into another pitcher for serving. When ready, add crushed ice to your flutes and fill ⅔ to the top. Finish off with the fizzy by topping off with champagne. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!


Death in the Afternoon



Our fav but we're a little nuts over here.


1 ½ oz Absinthe
4 ½ oz Champagne

Tap into your inner creative side and do what the likes of Ernest Hemingway does: enjoy Death in the Afternoon. It’s said he liked to throw back a few of these mid-day, but why not enjoy a few of these yourselves before the clock strikes midnight?

Even if you find yourself a little tipsy, this recipe will be easy to make over and over. Simply begin with pouring the absinthe into the glass, then topping off with champagne.


Atomic Cocktail



Pour in a martini glass for maximum beautiful effect


1 ½ oz premium vodka
1 ½ oz brandy or cognac
½ oz dry sherry
1 ½ oz brut champagne
1 small orange wedge
Ice cubes

Want a drink that packs a punch? This explosively potent cocktail will do the trick. Fill a shaker with ice, then add the vodka, cognac and sherry and give it a shake. Strain into the martini glass and top off with champagne. Garnish with an orange wheel and get ready to enjoy explosions from your sips and from the fireworks.


Coconut Flirtini



It's like a champagne starburst candy (the tropical fruit, blue package ones!)


2 ounces of your favorite vodka
1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
1 ½ coconut juice **
Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water, heated and stirred until dissolved)
Unsweetened finely shredded coconut

Just because the season is chillier doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a tropical cocktail. This one serves as a beachy distraction as something ideal to sip on at the beach. It’s also perfect for a New Year’s Eve toast.

Begin with rimming your glass with simple syrup, and then the shredded coconut. Add ice to your shaker, then add the vodka and both juices. Give it a shake, then strain into your glass. Top off with champagne and then give a New Year’s cheer in warm-weather fashion!