Lillet Sparkler from a Crimson Kiss
I don’t need an excuse to enjoy Champagne! But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to dress up your bubbly for an elegant cocktail. Here are some champagne cocktails that are just right for romance.
The Little Kiss ~ Here’s another take on a chocolate and strawberry cocktail that uses sparkling wine, strawberry shrub, and creme de cacao. I’m imagining sipping this one in front of a cozy fire.
Lillet Sparkler ~ I love Lillet Rosé! Add Champagne and grapefruit bitters, and you have a simple yet special aperitif.
Shrinking Violet Cocktail ~ Champagne and flowers are a proven Valentine’s one-two punch, so here’s a fun way to combine them. Garnish with a violet, viola, or pansy for maximum gorgeousness.
Rosé French 75 ~ Rosé sparkling wine and blood oranges add a lovely twist and pink hue to the classic French 75.
From Russia With Love ~ Chocolate, raspberries, and Champagne. Romantic, no? Yes!
More Valentine’s Day Cocktails
The holidays are a time when, dammit, you want something super fancy and wonderful but don’t have a lot of time to make it. This Holiday Cheer cocktail I made with Savvy Housekeeping is perfect for this time of year because it’s exactly that—festive, delicious, and easy.
We used store-bought raspberry sorbet, but you can use any flavor you like. (Perhaps homemade cranberry sorbet, which I think would be great in this) If you want something a little sweeter or just don’t like hard liquor, you can skip the rye and just make it a Champagne Raspberry Float.
1 scoop raspberry sorbet
1 ounce rye whiskey
Scoop the sorbet into a champagne flute, add the rye, and then slowly pour in sparkling wine to top. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Photo by Savvy Housekeeping
I got together with Savvy Housekeeping to celebrate spring! We got a bottle of sparkling wine and scooped a little of her homemade meyer lemon sorbet into our Champagne flutes. Delicious! It got us thinking that since we were already drinking lemon, sugar, and sparkling wine, why not add a little gin for a sorbet-float version of a French 75? The melting sorbet added a lovely texture to the drink and the flavor was out of this world.
If you’re not a gin person, just leave the gin out of this recipe for a Champagne Lemon Float. You can make the sorbet or use your favorite store-bought variety.
French 75 Float
1 1/2 ounces gin
Scoop desired amount of sorbet into a glass. Add gin. Top off with Champagne.
Back before Spring had actually sprung, Nolet’s Gin sent me some fun jams and marmalades to use in drinks. The theme was “from cupboard to cocktail.” Inspired by blueberry-lime jam from American Spoon and the floral notes in Nolet’s, I came up with this Champagne cocktail that tastes very Springy even though you could make it any time of year.
While I’m fan of Nolet’s Gin and the jam they sent me, you could easily sub in a different brand of gin and homemade preserves or another type of blueberry jam. In fact, if you made a boatload of jam, you should start using it in cocktails! I mean, you have tons of the stuff, right?
The lavender flowers on top add a lovely aroma. However, if you would be annoyed to get them in your mouth or think they look funky on top, skip ‘em (and maybe opt for a sprig as a garnish).
1 ounce gin (being conservative here … this tastes good with up to 1 1/2 ounces in it)
2 tablespoons blueberry-lime jam
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
top off with sparkling wine (about 3-4 ounces)
Shake the gin, jam, and lime with ice then strain into champagne flute. Pour in champagne (slowly down the side of the inside of the glass so it doesn’t foam up too quickly). Optional: Sprinkle lavender on top for garnish and aroma.
London-Style Southside Royal from Chow
It just ain’t New Year’s Eve without champagne! These champagne cocktails are simple but will make you feel super fancy. Go buy some bubbly already!
London-Style Southside Royal ~ This light and refreshing cocktail has mint, cucumber, lime, gin, and champagne. Too perfect!
Shrinking Violet Champagne Cocktail ~Beautiful and delicate, this lightly floral drink is a fun way to ring in 2012. Creme de violette makes it happen.
El Dorado ~ Cocktail guru David Wondrich created this elegant cocktail with pisco, apricot brandy, and of course, champagne. Time to get fancy, y’all!
The Toasted Almond ~ A little bit of Amaretto livens up your champagne. Add a little almond-sugar rim for fun.
Traditional Champagne Cocktail ~ Sometimes you just can’t improve on the original. A little sugar and Cognac topped off with champagne is a classic.