Classy Champagne cocktails (recipes)

...make your night bubbly and bright.

Posted by Katie Machol Simon and Juliette Cassistre on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Lemon Rose Bellini
  • Alexandra Grablewski via Epicurious.com
  • Lemon Rose Bellini
Now that the holiday season is behind us, why not spice up your next toast-worthy occasion by mixing up some elegant sparkling cocktails?

Check out the recipes and links below for creative takes on bubbly tipples to help you celebrate in style.

(Recipes courtesy of Perrier-Jouët)

Perrier-Jouët Rose

1/4 oz. Rose Water
1 sugar cube
3 dashes of fresh pomegranate juice

Directions: Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Saturate it with rose water. Carefully top off with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut and add pomegranate juice. Garnish with dry baby rose buds.

Perrier-Jouët Fraise Sauvage

2 oz. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut
1 1/4 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1 whole strawberry

Directions: In a bottom of a mixing glass muddle the strawberry into a purée. Add all ingredients except Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque/Brut into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.

The classic (and classy) Champagne cocktail (Food & Wine)

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
(Zested) - An elegant sparkling drink made with, "champagne stirred with St-Germain, a delicate French liqueur of elderflower blossoms. It tastes of pear and lychee and lemon, the sweetness cut by the bubbles and cool cucumber."

Lemon Rosé Bellini
(Epicurious) - Reminiscent of a slushie, this fun drink uses lemon sorbet, citrus vodka and rosé champagne.

Limoncello Sparkle (Epicurious) - This champagne cocktail gets a citrusy kick from the addition of limoncello and Cointreau.

Shrinking Violet Cocktail (Savvy Housekeeping) - Bubbly mixed with Crème De Violette Liqueur (a brandy-based liqueur with flavoring from violets) makes a pretty, purple sipper.

Sparkling Apple Cocktail (Epicurious) - Apple juice, cognac and champagne combine for a fizzy and refreshing cocktail.

Sparkling Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail (Muy Bueno Cookbook) - A blooming hibiscus flower can take your glass of bubbly from boring to beautiful (almost too pretty to drink). Apparently, preserved hibiscus blossoms can be found at Williams-Sonoma, among other specialty retailers.

Stockholm 75
(12 Bottle Bar) - For the adventurous drinker: An interesting mix of Sriracha bitters, Aquavit, lemon juice and dry sparkling wine.

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