SIMPLE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS

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Mike is making risotto for us this Valentines Day. He made me Asparagus Risotto on our second date and to this day, it makes my heart melt just thinking about it. Since I need a fun drink to pair with the risotto, it seemed like the perfect time to share these two Simple Champagne Cocktails with you.

Champagne CocktailsClassic Champagne Cocktail

The classic champagne cocktail uses minimal ingredients. You can choose a dry (brut) sparkling wine of your choice and add 1-2 sugar cubes and a dash of bitters. A little bitters goes a long way and enhances the flavors nicely. Garnish with a lemon rind twist, if you want a pretty presentation. I don’t recommend a sweet sparking wine since you’re adding sugar cubes to the glass.

Champagne CocktailsRaspberry Champagne Cocktail 

The raspberry champagne cocktail is very similar to the classic. Choose another dry (brut) sparkling wine of your choice. You’re adding raspberry juice to this one, so you don’t need the sugar cubes or bitters. This cocktail is a little sweeter and has a pretty pink hue to it. I recommend the lemon rind twist for presentation purposes.

Champagne CocktailsI bought a couple of Libena Coupe vintage glasses from Anthropologie for the shoot and to have on hand for the dinner. They’re festive and classic, just like the recipes.

SIMPLE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS

Ingredients

For the Classic version:

  • Champagne, Cava or Prosecco (your choice)
  • 1-2 sugar cubes
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon twists for garnish

For the Raspberry version:

  • Champagne, Cava or Prosecco (your choice)
  • Cran-raspberry juice
  • Lemon twists for garnish

Instructions

For the Classic version:

  1. Pour champagne into flutes or vintage stemware.
  2. Pour a very small amount of bitters into a bowl.
  3. Place 1-2 sugar cubes in the bitters; they will instantly absorb the bitters.
  4. Add sugar cubes to champagne.
  5. Garnish with lemon rind twists.

For the Raspberry version:

  1. Pour champagne into flutes or vintage stemware leaving room for cran-raspberry juice.
  2. Add Cran-Raspberry juice, as desired.
  3. Garnish with lemon twists.

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