The Champagne Cocktail is cocktail number 22 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Champagne Cocktail history
One only has to browse through a few old cocktail recipe books to realize the enduring popularity of Champagne cocktails.
In Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion, published in 1862, numerous Champagne cocktail variations appear, including this version of a classic Champagne Cocktail.
Champagne Cocktail recipe
1 lump sugar in Champagne glass. 1 dash Angostura Bitters. Add Orange and Lemon twist and fill with iced Champagne. Muddle.
- Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
- Angostura Bitters
- Lemon twist
- Orange twist
Champagne Cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale
Why only a 3 rating for the Champagne Cocktail? If we were rating the Champagne, then we’d have gone with a 5. However, we felt the addition of sugar and bitters didn’t add anything to the drink, and really just weakened it, leaving us wishing we’d simply sipped the Champagne.
We selected a favorite Champagne, Nicolas Feuillatte, for the drink. We were fortunate to visit Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte a few years ago when we were living in Paris and took the train out for the day to tour and taste at the winery, followed by lunch in Epernay.
Next up… Cocktail #23, Claret Cobbler