Champagne Drinks

Champagne Drinks

Always wondered what the big fuss is about champagne? Or are you looking for something a little more, or a little different from champagne? Champagne is a wonderfully adaptable wine, offering far more versatility than many realize.

These four classic drinks: Bellini, Mimosa, Champagne Cocktail, and Passion-Fruit Champagne Cocktail will introduce you to some delightful options.

Champagne is not just for toasts!

BELLINI RECIPES

The Italian masterpiece. Often makes converts and becomes a ‘Drink of Choice’ after just one taste! If you can find them, is at it’s best when made with Italian white peaches.

1 quart puree of fresh peaches
1 pinch of sugar to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 quarts chilled champagne

Sweeten the peaches to taste, stir in the lemon juice and put into a punch bowl. Add the champagne and mix well. Makes about 12 servings.

BELLINI#1

1 medium ripe, peeled and pureed Peach
4 – 6 oz Champagne

Pour peach puree into glass and slowly add champagne. Stir gently. Garnish with a peach slice.

10% (20 proof)
Serve in: Champagne Flute

BELLINI#2

6 oz Champagne
1 oz Peach Schnapps

Mix ingredients and serve.

13% (26 proof)

BELLINI COCKTAILS

2 oz Peach Nectar
1 tsp fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Peach Schnapps
Crushed Ice
3 oz chilled, dry Champagne

Mix the peach nectar, lemon juice and schnapps in a chilled glass. Add half a cup (or more) of crushed ice, stir, and add the champagne. (Serves 2).

May be prepared in a blender to produce a frozen drink.

9% (18 proof)

BOMBAY BELLINI

1 splash Mango Nectar
4 – 6 oz Champagne

Pour mango puree into a champagne flute (recommended) or a glass and slowly add champagne. Stir gently. Garnish with a mango slice.

11% (22 proof)
Serve in: Champagne Flute

MANGO BELLINI

1 part Mango Juice
2 parts Champagne
1 slice Mango

Fill a champagne flute one-third full with mango juice. Top with champagne and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of mango.

Serve in: Champagne Flute

MIMOSA (aka 50/50)

A standard for brunches–and for good reason. It’s easy. Also a great way to finish off any left-over champagne from the night before. And with sweet fresh-squeezed orange juice, many swear by it’s restorative powers.

1 part orange-juice
1 part champagne

To minimize fizzing, add orange juice to champagne flute first, then add champagne to top off.

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

A great cocktail to offer at a sophisticated black-tie party, and something different New Year’s Eve (before the midnight toast). Sweet and tart and a pretty color, too.

1 sugar cube
2-3 drops Angostura bitters (or to taste)
4 oz. champagne

Put sugar cube in flute, drip the bitters onto the sugar cube, then add champagne. If making a round (or several) of these, put sugar cubes in a bowl and soak with bitters first, then drop pre-soaked cubes into flutes just before filling.

PASSION-FRUIT CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

A Valentine’s Day favorite! Makes two servings.

1 cup chilled passion fruit nectar
1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
1 cup chilled champagne or other sparkling white wine
4 fresh raspberries or small strawberries
1 orange slice, cut in half

Divide nectar and bitters between 2 chilled champagne flutes. Add champagne. Drop 2 berries into each drink. Garnish with orange.

Do you have a favorite recipe… please share it!

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