When one hears the words "classic cocktails," martinis and Manhattans instantly come to mind. But did you know that champagne has its own signature preparation that dates back to the mid-1800s? It's a simple, but delightful combination of sugar, bitters, and sparkling wine. If making this drink to celebrate the New Year, be sure to select a good quality bubbly. It's not like a mimosa where the flavor of the sparkler will be overshadowed by orange juice; in the champagne cocktail, the bubbly is enhanced by the bitters and sugar. Read more to learn the easy technique.
1 small sugar cube Makes 1 drink.
Several dashes of orange or Angostura bitters
Chilled dry champagne
3/4 ounce Armagnac or Cognac, optional
Twist of lemon or orange zest, for garnish
1 small sugar cube
Makes 1 drink.