Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Hour: Champagne Cocktail

Ben and I went to a dinner a few weeks back that was themed around some fresh caught shrimp battered in coconut, a giant salad, and blueberry and thyme flan. We didn't quite know what to bring that would fit the fresh and bright theme, but after a bit of whining (on my part) about wanting champagne, we settled on a cocktail we hadn't yet tried - the champagne cocktail. Though we lacked cognac (and the desire to purchase cognac) to complete the traditional recipe, we made it work with some fresh squeezed lemon and a lemon twist. 

I have these beautiful champagne coupes from my grandmother and could spend my entire life making up excuses to drink champagne out of them. Sometimes we have no reason at all, just get them out for bubbly on a weeknight when it feels right. I think that these pretty drinks looked particularly perfect in them - especially that sugar cube happily soaking up bitters. Here's to making reasons to sip pretty drinks out of pretty glasses. Keep reading for the recipe.

You'll need:

1 sugar cube
A dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon peel + dash of lemon juice

Place sugar cube in champagne flute. Add a dash of Angostura bitters on the sugar cube (about three drops). Fill flute with champagne. Add a lemon peel twist to garnish.

*For a classic champagne cocktail, add 1 oz. cognac prior to adding champagne. 


  1. The cocktail sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! xx


  2. Sounds so yummy, I want to try!

  3. And for your next trick? A champagne shrimp cocktail!


  4. Oh yes... any reason for champagne, is fine by me... Gorgeous photos!


  5. Champagne (or Prosecco) Cocktails are my absolutely favorite! Love the idea of a more feminine drink - perfect for girls night. :) Xo, Alison

  6. yum, looks delicious!

  7. GORGEOUS photos! Love bubbly, and this cocktail sounds divine.

  8. Sounds delicious and simple - two of my favorite things :) yum.

  9. This sounds like the perfect cocktail for a girls night! So simple too. Can't wait to try it!

  10. Gorgeous! I love a good champagne cocktail and this recipe is absolutely classic. It would work as a great gift to give some cute molded sugar cubes, bitters, and mini champagne bottles!


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