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Die hard champagne enthusiasts may consider us sacrilegious to add other ingredients to such a beautiful wine, but here at in-the-spirit, we just love to experiment and including champagne in a recipe can make a great cocktail really spectacular.

Champagne is a sparkling wine of great distinction – turning any occasion into something a little more special. There are various styles of champagne: for example Brut (very dry) and Demi Sec (sweeter) as well as vintage (made from grapes of one specific year) and non vintage (grapes from blends produced in various years). To earn the right to have the word champagne on the bottle label however, the liquid inside must be entirely produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Champagne region of Northern France around the cities of Reims and Epernay. The champagne producers guard their exclusive name vigorously and have in the past been to court to protect it as in 1993 when they went into battle to prevent the Yves Saint Laurent company producing a perfume called “Champagne” and won their case. It is one of the few “white wines” in the world produced from red grapes – due to the way they are gently pressed so as not to bruise the skins. There are also extraordinarily strict limits on the amount of juice that can be squeezed from a certain weight of grapes to maintain the highest quality of champagne produced.

Here we have selected a few of our favourite champagne cocktails for you to try out – we hope you enjoy making them. For the best cocktail results, always use chilled champagne. Serve all champagne cocktails in a flute glass which allows the bubbles to move from the bottom to the top of the glass. The more space the bubbles have to move around in within the glass, the longer it will keep its fizz!

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne CocktailReferred to all over the world as the classic champagne cocktail recipe, thought to have first originated from the winner of a New York Cocktail competition in 1899. It sounds like an bizarre combination of ingredients – but you’ll be surprised by the result. Drip 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters on a sugar cube and place in the bottom of a champagne flute. Cover the cube with cognac – then top up with champagne. Perhaps what seems most strange is that as you drink it the flavour changes from dry to sweet.

Champagne Charlie

Champagne CharlieThis cocktail recipe is believed to have been named in tribute to the original “Champagne Charlie” himself - Monsieur Charles-Camille Heidsieck who first launched the champagne brand bearing his name in 1851. Through his extensive travelling around the world to promote his champagne, he became well known for his charm and his adventures. This cocktail recipe is a fruity combination of De Kuyper Apricot Brandy topped up with champagne.

Disco Fizz

Disco FizzHere’s a more colourful combination for this collection of champagne cocktail recipes! Made with De Kuyper Blue Curaçao, elderflower cordial, pineapple juice and lemon juice - topped up with champagne to achieve a vibrant shade of blue. It doesn’t taste bad either!

Emma Peel

Emma PeelA blend of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy and pineapple juice and yes you’ve guessed it - topped up with champagne. The Cherry Brandy and pineapple juice mix together to make a dusky pink colour and give it an exotic fruity tang.

Kir Royale

Kir RoyalePerhaps one of the best known cocktail recipes including champagne after the classic champagne cocktail. in-the-spirit recommends using one shot of De Kuyper Crème de Cassis in a flute glass and then top up with the champagne for a subtle pink hued cocktail.

A few other cocktail recipes you might like to try out on in-the-spirit which include champagne are: Champoo, the Disaronno Mimosa and the Jacuzzi.

in-the-spirit always recommends using the most expensive ingredients that you can afford. However if your pennies won’t stretch to champagne (always the best to use if at all possible) you can always use another dry sparkling wine such as cava from Spain, Blanquette de Limoux from the South of France or sparkling Vouvray and Saumur from the Loire valley region of Western France which are all made using a similar production process to champagne.

As always in-the-spirit recommends drinking all cocktail recipes on the site in moderation.

 
   
 

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