Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Prep Time
5 Mins
Makes 6 cocktails

The Champagne cocktail, once deemed sweet and silly, is back. The sugar and bitters balance the natural acidity of sparkling wine, and the cocktail pairs very well with both creamy cheese and earthy mushrooms.

How to Make It

Step 1

Put a sugar cube into each of 6 Champagne flutes or wineglasses. Douse each cube with 1/2 tsp. bitters. Top with Champagne and serve immediately.

Step 2

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cocktail.

Chef's Notes

No reason to bust open the good stuff here. The subtle flavors and fine bubbly texture of high-quality Champagne would be lost once mixed with sugar, so feel free to use less-than-stellar sparkling wine in these cocktails.

Ratings & Reviews

Steph6's Review

August 29, 2013

Bethany66's Review

December 29, 2011
For some reason, the next day I don't feel quite so bad if I stick to this recipe! It is a festive and beautiful way to present a glass of sparkling wine to guests!

judy42's Review

March 08, 2011
This has been a favorite of mine for forty years. Easy...great for a big party too.

maddi2's Review

August 10, 2009
This is one of my favorite cocktails!!! With a lemon or an orange twist, it is outstanding and worthy of any occasion.