Happy Hour: Classic Champagne Cocktail

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.

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Classic Champagne Cocktail


  1. 1 small sugar cube
  2. Several dashes of orange or Angostura bitters
  3. Chilled dry champagne
  4. 3/4 ounce Armagnac or Cognac, optional
  5. Twist of lemon or orange zest, for garnish


  1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute glass and sprinkle the bitters on top.
  2. Fill the glass with champagne and float the Armagnac or Cognac on top, if using. Garnish with the twist and enjoy!

Makes 1 drink.

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